After making flops like Kantri, Billa and Shakti with NTR and Prabhas, director Meher Ramesh has now experimenting with Venkatesh for the film Shadow. The Telugu audiences, who have already tasted his flops, thought that he would come up with a gripping subject and would resurrect his dwindling career. Unfortunately, he could not give a hit even with Venkatesh and other stars like Srikant, Aditya Pancholi and Sivaji Shinde.
The story of the film is almost routine and has nothing new in
it. Rajaram @ Shadow (Venkatesh) is the son of a journalist
Raghuram (Nagababu), who wants to come out with a breaking story.
In this process, Raghuram makes some efforts and joins the gang of
a huge mafia gang run by Nana Bhai (Aditya Pancholi). After
entering the gang, Raghuram gathers the evidences and informations
one after the other and hands them over to his publisher CP (Sayaji
Shinde). This information leaks and Nana goes on a killing spree
and eliminates the entire family of Raghuram.
Fortunately, Rajaram skips from the jaws of death and manages to
escape from the eyes of Nana and his gang. Later, Rajaram vows that
he would take revenge against Nana. Baba (Nazar) brings him up and
makes him a full-fledged young man and turns Shadow to kill the
members of Nana's gang. Meanwhile, Shadow comes across a powerful
police officer named Prathap (Srikant), who is also after Nana's
gang and is out to erase the entire mafia gang. He earns the name
of an encounter specialist. Though the aim of both Shadow and
Prathap are same, the chosen paths are different.
At this juncture, Rajaram @ Shadow comes to know an interesting
point that his sister (Madhurima) is still alive and she too
escaped from the carnage of Nana gang. Another twist is that she
marries Prathap. Now, what Shadow should do? Stop killing Nana gang
and help Prathap to officially erase the entire gang or take
revenge himself as he vowed in the beginning? How Shadow's sister
escaped from the clutches of Nana? Who brought her up? Will Shadow
complete his vow and took revenge against Nana's gang? Answers to
all these questions have to be seen on screen.
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It is Venkatesh, who has taken the entire responsibility to run
the show all through the movie. Though he has tried his best, he
could not save the film. The title song has been shot in a trendy
manner and the costumes are quite lavish. Few dialogues penned for
him have some punch. However, the director failed to fill the
intensity in his character. He showed good ease in songs and dance
Taapsee's Performance In Shadow
Taapsee Pannu, who played the female lead appeared quite
romantic and glamorous after a long time. However, she has no scope
to perform in this movie. Srikanth is good as a tough police
officer in this movie.
Comedians' Performance In Shadow
Comedy by MS Narayana and Jayaprakash Reddy give a little relief
for the audiences. At the same time, Krishna Bhagawan and Vennela
Kishore have failed to tickle the funny bones of audiences. The
movie had some light scenes only when they appeared on the
Other Artists' Performance
Other artists did justice in their respective roles. It is not
known why the director kept the spoofs of some hit films like
Gabbar Singh and some other NTR films. The selection of
villains is very poor in the film. Aditya Pancholi could not do
justice as villain in the movie and the audiences will get to see
villains like Rahul Dev and Supreet in Telugu films. The director
has failed to make use of veteran artistes like Gita in the movie.
Madhurima could not get any break once again with this
Prasad Murella's camera work fails to attract the audiences.
Though the producer has spent a fortune on the movie, the richness
could not be seen on the screen. The lighting, shades and the
camera angles fail to help for the success of the movie. Marthand's
editing too is poor as the visuals originally were not so good to
watch. Thaman's re-recording is just average, but the tunes for the
songs are not so attractive and foot-tapping.
Meher Ramesh's Direction
Finally, the only one to blame for the failure of the film is
none other than the director. The story selected for the movie is
outdated and old. At the same time, the movement of the flick is
very slow and average. Neither the script of the movie nor the
screenplay has any novelty. The director has failed to attract the
audiences in any angle. Though the film has a whole lot of senior
artists, he has failed to make use of any of them. Leave alone the
subject matter of the film, at least the comedy tracks penned are
The poor climax, ill-conceived concept, improper cinematography
and very poor music (songs) made the entire film unwatchable. The
talent of Venkatesh has almost been wasted because of the poor
direction of Meher Ramesh. Watch the film if you are a hardcore fan
of Venkatesh. Or wait for the DVD.
Shadow Cast And Crew
Producer: Paruchuri Kireeti
Director: Meher Ramesh
Cast: Venkatesh, Taapsee, Srikant, Madhurima, Aditya Pancholi, MS Narayana, Nazar, Sayaji Shinde, Suman, Jayaprakash Reddy, Subbaraju, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Rao Ramesh, Surya, Nagababu, Rahul Dev, Krishna Bhagawan, Srinivas Reddy, Vennela Kishore, Chalapati Rao, Nagineedu, Uttej, Supreet, Satya Prakash, Telangana Sakuntala, Gita, and others
Music: SS Thaman,
Released On: April 26, 2013