Overview: Dictator is of course, a feast for Balayya fans and a mass perfect entertainer in the festive season. But, the question is how many more formulaic and lacklustre movies are we still going to enjoy? Read more about the film and the drawbacks, in the slides below and the story, performance and technical aspects follow below the slides.
Balakrishna was the only saving grace in the film as every other actor displays over-enthusiasm and weird histrionics, either in the name of the comedy or violence.
Though only appears in the second half as Kathyayani, she delivered an impressive performance. Anjali and Balakrishna makes a good pair on-screen.
What's Up Baby
Sonal Chauhan, though has nothing much to do, she was hot in 'What's up Baby' song. Balakrishna and Sonal paired up for the second time after their super hit film Legend.
While the screenplay of the film was exactly like that of Simha, Lion and Legend, they made a few changes in the story of the film.
Though 155 minutes is a decent run time, the film feels lengthy as it gets predictable.
Balakrishna was amazing in a scene where he is seen having a heated conversation with Rathi. The actress complimented the actor very well in a powerful role.
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Balakrishna, who works in Dharma supermarket, happens to meet Sonal Chauhan, an aspiring actress. The story moves forward as goons kidnap Sonal, to trace her brother, a Narcotic Officer who busted the drugs case involving a minister's son. The twist in the tale arise as Balakrishna fights the goons to save Sonal Chauhan. Balakrishna, who is living a normal life as Chandu, is none than other Chandrasekhar Dharma, the owner of Dharma group of companies. Then what makes him live away from his family and wealth? What roles do Anjali and Aksha have in Balakrishna's life? You have to watch the film to untie the knot.
Balakrishna, like always enthralled the audiences with his power-packed performance. His moves in 'Gana Gana' song will surely make you hoot. Anjali delivered a decent performance in the key role, though her screen time has been compromised.
Sonal Chauhan added the glamour quotient and Suman, Rathi and a few other seasoned actors were impressive enough. Once again, Boiling Star Prudhvi was succesful in making audiences go berserk with his funny traits.
It is so disappointing to see yet another routine potboiler coming from Telugu film-makers, though it is entertaining at parts, thanks to Balakrishna's roaring performance. Deafening punch dialogues by M Rathnam literally feels like some boomerangs.
The entire first half is a lead up to the interval twist and sets a plot for an intense drama in the second half. But there is a constant feeling of nostalgia throughout the film. Music by Thaman boosts the energy of the crowd.
There is less bloodshed compared to Balayya's previous blockbusters Simha and Legend. Looks like, director Sriwass' only motive was to satisfy the actor's fans and he failed to create any interest in normal audience, with his work. Story by Kona Venkat is just a rehash of all Balayya's recent flicks. Production Values and Cinematography were ok.
On the whole, we can say that while Nannaku Prematho meant to entertain multiplex audiences, another movie from the Nandamuri family, Dictator is exclusively for B and C center crowds.