Writer-director KS Ravindra aka Bobby, who has earlier penned stories for Ravi Teja's successful films such as Don Seenu and Balupu, conveniently borrows from his own films and a few other popular ones to make Power, which by all standards is one of the worst films in the actor Ravi Teja's career.
Power has been made with the intention of offering audiences many films for the price of one ticket. People who come out after watching it, will realise that they have watched films such as Gentleman, Vikramarkudu, Kick and Billa. But the irony is that the end product is not even half as good as the films it has been inspired from.
If in Don Seenu, Ravi's character aspired to become a don and eventually landed a job with a local don, he wishes to become a police officer in Power and achieves his goal by slipping into the shoes of his doppelganger, a corrupt police officer who meets with a fatal accident. At this juncture, you're also reminded of Vikramarkudu and Billa, which more or less have a similar storyline.
While in Kick, Ravi robs corrupt politicians and businessmen for the greater good, he turns a corrupt policeman for a similar reason. The makers perhaps felt this would leave audiences teary-eyed, but it was outrightly lame.
Bobby also borrows from Shankar's Gentleman when he makes a mother sacrifice her life for her son. He throws in predictable twists too at regular intervals, but these really don't catch audience off guard. If you're an intelligent viewer, you can easily guess what's coming your way. The excruciatingly painful dance sequence, which was supposed to evoke laughter, in the climax is lifted from Balupu.
Power is Ravi Teja's show all the way, but we are otherwise let down by some bad performances even with a talented cast of Sampath and Harish. Brahmanandam and Saptagiri, roped in to provide the laughs, entertain us barely for a few minutes. Hansika and Regina hardly have any scope for performance. It's disheartening to see that these young and talented heroines are merely used to enhance the glamour quotient.
Power shows how lazy Telugu filmmakers who team up with stars have become. A lot of these star-studded films that are lavishly made on a high-budget don't work anymore because they follow an archaic style of filmmaking. There's no need to stop making commercial films, which is what the masses still prefer watching, but one should know how to make it differently.
Overall, Power is botched up entertainment.
We bring you other film critics verdict on Power. Continue to see the same in the slideshow.
FilmiBeat - Rating: 3
Power is a powerful entertainer made to impress the fans of Ravi Teja. The film lacks freshness in story, but Bobby's amazing screenplay keeps you engrossed in the film. Apart from Mass Maharaja, Brahmanandam and Saptagiri will also rock the viewers. It is a paisa vasool entertainer for Ravi Teja fans.
Idlebrain - Rating: 3.25
Power has all the ingredients you expect from Ravi Teja - entertainment and mass elements. Director Bobby is a director who has ability to make it big as a commercial director. Ravi Teja's comes up with another commercial entertainer after Balupu that has good scope to work well at box office. You may watch it!
Deccan Chronicle - Rating: 3
There are a few loopholes, but finally, Power is a mass masala film with action, entertainment and glamour. It's a typical Ravi Teja film.
Times Of India - Rating: 3
Power is like all mix fruit juice. You know exactly what ingredients have been used to make it and what their source is, but the deja vu is too strong to shake it off your mind.
123telugu - Rating: 3
Power is going to end up as an average entertainer for Ravi Teja. A strong first half is a good asset for the movie but a below par second half spoiled the overall experience somewhat. Hansika and Regina add glamour to the movie. Business wise, the movie will have a tough fight as Aagadu is getting ready to come in a week's time.
NowRunning - Rating: 3
Finally, even though a nothing new concept and plot, Power has the elements required to bring the audience to theaters. Given the several mass elements, the film will go well with the B, C audience. If not for Aagadu coming in the next week, the movie should be a big hit for Ravi Teja.
Gulte - Rating: 3
Power is a package of all the commercial elements and has some good songs to fall back on when the pace gets sluggish. Raviteja shoulders the film right from the start to end with his flawless performance. There are some dull moments and too routine happenings that hamper the flow of the film. But Director Ravindra throws in an occasional twist or a hero elevation scene to put things back on track.
Andhrawishesh - Rating: 3
Power is packed with pockets of entertainment, masala, twists and glamour. Though the second half is bit slow, never makes you feel bore. You may watch it!
Cinejosh - Rating: 2.75
Commercially, Power might open to good openings. A long run is plainly questionable because of unstoppable Mahesh Babu arriving in next week. Low Power Transformer.
TeluguMirchi - Rating: 2.75
Overall the film touching the hearts of audiences is bleak. Next week Aagadu is going to be released. If Power can make any collections before, it should. Otherwise, the film can be restricted to B & C Centres.