The story is pretty simple. It is a story of a honest politician Sankaranarayana (Prakash Raj) and how he is backstabbed by some of his own trusted followers, who join hand with his rival Kota Srinivasa Rao. Everyone assumes that Sankaranarayana has died in a road accident but there is a murder attempt on him by Nayak (Sonu Sood). The twist is that Sankaranarayana has not been killed but has gone into coma. Meanwhile, his son Ajay (Mahesh Babu) grows up and becomes an IPS officer. However, he regains conscience after 14 years.
The doctor tells Ajay that he must keep his father always happy, as he has been hurt on his head. He should not strain himself and no shocking news must be told to him. Ajay brings his father back from Mumbai and enacts a big drama to keep his father happy. He acts like an MLA, who is doing good to the people like his father. For this he takes help of the family members, his colleagues in the police department. Ajay gets full support from his boss Suman.
When Ajay goes to Istanbul to trace the brother of Sonu Sood, he meets Prasanthi (Samantha) and immediately falls in love with her. On a parallel track he is in search of the criminals. Ajay"s goal is to bring all the culprits to book. He can kill them easily but he wants to take revenge on them for attempting to kill his father – so he gives them a big shock with an elaborate plan and sees that they actually die in the hands of his father. How Mahesh Babu goes is the interesting part of the film.
Mahesh Babu plays a soft and lovable character in the film. He is a tough cop yet he is gentle. He has some good dialogues but there is no big punch dialogue that will register in the minds of the audience. His love track with Samantha is very brief. Brahmanandam hogs the limelight with his trademark comedy. Prakash Raj for a change plays an honest politician and a doting father. Sonu Sood gest a lot of build up but it fizzles out as his characterisation is very poor. Kota plays his usual role and has done justice to it. Tanikella is okay and so are Chandramohan, Sudha, Pragathi, Sayaji Shinde, Ajay, Supreet, Shafi, Dharmavarapu, etc.
The big plus is undoubtedly Mahesh Babu"s characterisation, neat story with family sentiment and liberal dose of comedy. There are also no vulgar or double meanings dialogues. Brahmanandam is a big plus for the film. The overall comedy though routine is still enjoyable.
The big minus is the lack of strong emotions. The entire plot is revealed very early on and the suspense factor is missing. The film"s length is also a minus. While the first half is lighthearted and jovial, the film drags a bit in the second half. The climax is predictable with no big twist or bang. It is only the interval bang that pumps up some adrenaline for the fans. The items songs are also not that hot with the one by Parvati Melton scoring pass marks. The music is average and so is the background score. The songs also do not look that impressive on screen while the audio is a hit. The camera work is good in the first half but it is not that impressive in the second half.
To sum up, Dookudu is just another average entertainer and not in the same league as Mahesh Babu"s earlier blockbusters like Athadu and Pokiri.
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sonu Sood, Shayagi Shinde, Nazar, MS Narayana, Dharamvarapu Subramanyam, Tanikella Bharani, Subbaraju, Brahmajee, Chandramohan, Master Bharat, Sonia, Supreeth, Shafi, Aditaya Menon, Ijaz Khan, Vinod Jevanth, Bharath, Sudha, Pragati, Satya Krishna, Surekha Vani, Rajita, Vinay Prasad, Baby Sreya Varma, Senthil, Giridhar, Prabhakar, Sravan and others.
Credits: Banner: 14 Reels Entertainment; Music: Thaman; Camera: MV Guhan and Prasad Murella; Dialouges: Kona Venkat; Story: Gopi Mohan; Editing: MR Varma; Producers: Ram Achanta, Gopi Achanta and Sunkara; Story, Screen play, Dialogues and Director: Srinu Vytla
Released on: September 23
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