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
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
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.