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Legend - Movie Review: Balakrishna's Grand Ugadi Treat

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Rating:
3.5/5
Almost two years after the release of Srimannarayana, Nandamuri Balakrishna has made a grand comeback with his latest movie Legend, which has hit the screens across the globe today (March 28). The actor has teamed up with director Boyapati Srinu, who has earlier given him a big break with Blockbuster film Simha. The duo have together made sure that they rock the viewers again.

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Legend is a romantic action entertainer with all commercial ingredients. Nandamuri Balakrishna's electrifying performance is the main highlight in the movie. Boyapati Srinu's gripping narration and punch dialogues, Devi Sri Prasad's melodious music and amazing background score, Ram Prasad's beautiful cinematography, Brahmanandam's comedy timing, Hamsa Nandini's item dance, Ram Laxman's action choreography, dance sequences and beautiful locales are its other attractions.

Boyapati Srinu has chosen a tried and tested story, but he has made it interesting with some surprising twists and turns. He has included all masala elements like action, romance, comedy, family drama, music and a few other stuffs. His engrossing narration coupled with wonderful performances and rich production values makes the movie a good entertainer for the Nandamuri fans.

Legend opens with the introduction of villain Jitendra played by Jagapathi Babu. Then it heads to Dubai, where the character of Balakrishna is introduced through a SUV chase scene in a desert. The director manages to engage the viewers with some action, comedy, romantic, family drama and songs sequences and punch dialogues in the first half of the movie.

With an emotionally-charged interval, Legend picks up the speed. Some political-charged punch dialogues, fights between Balakrishna and Jagapathi Babu and a few sentimental scenes keep you glued to the screen in the second half. The climax is also good, but predictable. The format of the film is somewhat similar to Simha. The film lacks freshness in the treatment of the subject.

Krishna (Balakrishna) is an NRI, who does not tolerate injustice against anyone. He is in love with Sneha (Sonal Chauhan). The couple comes to India to seek his grandmother's blessings for their wedding. But Krishna lands in a problem with Jeethendra (Jagapathi Babu), when he heads to save people in trouble in his native. Jeethendra has a rivalry with Krishna's brother Jai Dev (Balakrishna). The fight between the two forms the rest of the story.

Performance: As usual, Balakrishna has delivered a wonderful performance and it is his show all through Legend. He impresses the viewers with his unique dialogue diction, action and dance moves. Radhika Apte has also done her best and her chemistry with Balayya is good to watch on screen. Sonal Chauhan does not have much scope for performance, but she steals the show with her glamour. Jagapathi babu is another big asset of the film. Brahmanandam's comedy timing helps the director to add entertainment quotient. Rao Ramesh, Sitara and others have also done justice to their respective roles.

Technical: Legend, which has been made on mega budget of Rs 40+ crores, has rich production values. Devi Sri Prasad's music is the main attraction in the technical front. His song compositions are good and his background score is another big asset of the film. Ram Prasad has done wonderful picturisation, which is one among the main highlights in the film. Ram-Laxman's stunts are amazing. Other tech departments like dance choreography, editing and selection of costumes and locations have also delivered commendable job.

Overall, director Boyapati Srinu has made Legend in a typical Balakrishna's style. The movie has good performances, sound technical elements, interesting screenplay and punch dialogues. It is good masala entertainer and a grand Ugadi treat for Nandamuri fans. Continue to read Legend movie viewers' review.

Deva Katta ‏@devakatta

'Legend' beats energy levels of 'simha'. Gr8 performance by Balayya. Rathnam gaari dialogues r crisp,sharp&pwrful. Cngrts to entire team !!

RJV ‏@RJV4U

#Legend...1st half ok...Pre interval lifr chesadu...2nd half slow chesadu...1st balayya ok...2nd balayya ekadiki poyadu..okasari chudachu #Legend is a one time watch movie...Super ani kaadu ala ani ignore cheyakarledu...Watch it for 1st Balayya and Jagapathi Babu

Vennela Kishore ‏@vennelakishore

Legend - A proper mass masala film with all commercial ingredients backed up by LION BALAYYA's high voltage action and powerful dialogues.

Pradeep ‏@trulypradeep

Liked 1st half and some scenes and dialogues in 2nd Half.. Balayya's performance major highlight :) #Legend

Pavan Prabhas ‏@pavaangowda

@14reelsofficial #legend was superb interval is peak & lion balaya acting is awsme.brahmi cmdy cudnt stp laughng.hats off boyapati nd team.

NTR Abhimani ‏@jana9999

#legend :1st half parlvaledanipinchadu..interval ki topki theskelli flashback varaku continue chesi climax lo kindiki dinchadu.overall 1/2

Jayanth B ‏@2188sunny

One time watchable movie #Legend Jagapathi babu Dsp BGM n balayya plus for movie 2nd half baga slow chesesadu boyapati #Legend

First Day First Show ‏@movie_updatez

Aipoindi...Very very strictly average film...Adi kuda andariki kaadu...Baaga One sided cinema...NBK Jaggu and DSP saving grace #Legend

Gupta ‏@guptanagu8

#legend flashback part baaga teesaadu but climax weak telipoindi on a whole above avg bomma bo wise hit bomma #Legend

KalyanFanatic ‏@gowrav_pk

Rendo bala entered..Avg fight..DSP bgm kumms..flat ga undi as of now..chaala flat ga..2nd half o range lo unte tappite kastam appa #legend

Soma Sekhar ‏@Tollywood_King

#Legend - Balayya performance in 2nd half is super. Dialogues are superb. Songs are ok and BGM is good. RamPrasad's Photography superb.

Survi ‏@PavanSurvi

Rajakeeyam nuvu theene FOOD lo undi emmo, naku BLOOD lo undi BLOODY FOOL.. Post interval Balayya character elevation is solid. #Legend #Legend -- [Till First Half] a bit slow but provides what's expected from Boyapati & Balayya. Interval Point is highlight of the 1st Half.

Naren Reddy ‏@NarensTweetz

Jagapathi Babu as a villain is a revelation ... Impressive screen presence and a big asset for #Legend" JB career ki baga plus Interval break lo beer esi..Mirchi bajji lu thintuu second half! Balayya #Legend Jagapathi babu maatram baaga chesadu ippudvaraku #Legend Raajakeeyam neeku food lo undemo, anaaku blood lo undi ra bloody fool! Rajakeeyam puttinde maa intlo! #Legend

Deepak Reddy ‏@Deepuzoomout

Songs cut cheyachu, comedy lepeyachu.. Action sequences mathram kummesayi. Target audience ki mathram gattiga tagilesindi. #Legend

Kareem ‏@Kareem1911

1st half Car Horn kotti fyt chese scene nachindi. 2nd half matram iragadeesadu excpt climax. Songs n Rubber ball la egire fyts minus #Legend

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