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<i>Shankar</i> - Review

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Monday, December 18, 2006
A good action film, despite an old theme
Madhu, who gained experience by working with SV Krishna Reddy, made his debut as director through Shankar. Such stories are not new to the Telugu audiences. Youthful hero Shashikant had already faced the camera in '786'. Being with the villain and later turning the tables is all quite old drama, but Shashikant showed good performance and proved that he had all characteristics to become a mass hero, if he gets quite a good opportunity. Though the director is a novice, he handled the film as an experienced one.

Shankar (Shashikant) is a sub-inspector. He looks as if he is very loyal to Jawahar Goud (Rahul Dev), who runs land mafia in Hyderabad. One Mudaliar (GV) who comes from Chennai and settled in Hyderabad also runs a similar land mafia. Shankar falls in love with Uma (Manasa). Shankar hatches a plan and gets a government officer (Babumohan) killed by Mallesh, brother of Goud. Uma notices the murder and reports it to Shankar, but he takes it very casually. Afterwards, Uma again sees Mallesh, when he was talking to Shankar and comes to know that they had good understanding. One day Shankar takes Uma to Goud's house and tells him that he is going to marry her. When Mallesh tells Shankar that he wants to marry her, Shankar lures him to enjoy Uma, but kills him. Later Shankar takes Uma to her mother, who reveals the flashback that how Mallesh raped his daughter. And what Shankar did is right. Again Shankar goes to Goud and sheds crocodile tears saying that Mudaliar had killed Mallesh. But surprisingly both Goud and Mudaliar become one and decide to kill Shankar. But Shankar eliminates both of them. With this the film ends on a happy note.

Shashikant improved his performance notable from his debut film '786'. Though he showed good ease in action scenes, he is yet to improve the body language, histrionics and dance performance. Debutant director was able to pen good screenplay though there were some lapses here and there. Heroine Manasa is also okay. Rahul Dev's performance is yet another big asset for the film. So as Ravali. Rajyalakshmi is also okay.

The major minus point is the abrupt end of climax. Had the director established the friendship between both the villains, it would be more impressive. Music is another minus point in the film. Costumes designing of the heroine is of bad taste and either the director or the choreographer failed to show her in a glamorous way. After a long time, the film had a rape scene, which is missing in films these days.

The audiences who watch the film need not feel bad for watching an action film. It has several elements that could attract the audiences. At the same time, the director maintained good tempo all through the film. Not a very bad film to watch.

Hero: Shashikant
Heroine: Manasa
Other cast: Rahul Dev, GV, Giribabu, Babumohan, Rajyalakshmi, Neeraja and others.

Story and Dialogues - BVS Rao
Camera - Srinivasa Reddy
Music - Vandemataram Srinivas
Editing - Mohan-Rama Rao
Action - Vijay
Produer - Chadalavada Padmavathi
Screenplay and direction - T Madhu .
Banner: Sri Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Films.
Released on: December 15, 2006

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