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Bangarukonda - Review

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    Still from Bangaru Konda
    Several people are showing keen interest on directing the films and the producers also came forward to encourage new talent. Incidentally, the debut films of several directors are being proved as big hits because the debutant directors eager to show some commitment. However, Kola Nag, though this is a debut film, failed to show any novelty in the movie. He brought out the film as a routine commercial movie and the nagging screenplay, untimely songs and stale comedy made the film boring.

    There is a zamindari called Mahasiva Lingapuram and its ruler (Vijayachander) is a devotee of Lord Siva. The zamindar possesses a valuable diamond called Trinetra diamond, which is as precious as Kohinoor diamond. An international mafia don called Rakesh Pandey (Prashant Singh) eyes the diamond. He visits Mahasiva Lingapuram like a Buddhist monk and appeals the Raja to permit him to offer prayers. When the prayers are going on, he kills all the staff of the kingdom and takes away the Trinetra diamond. Alekhya (Navneet Kaur) is a student of archaeology and she conducts a research on Trinetra diamond. Alekhya goes to Mahasiva Lingapuram to find out more details and the Raja identifies Rakesh Pandey as the culprit. Knowing that Rakesh Pandey is in Bangkok, Alekhya decides to go to Bangkok in search of the mafia don. She needs an assistant, who is courageous, honest and kind at heart. She finds all the qualities in a petty thief called Chandu (Rishi). She takes Chandu with her to Bangkok. Incidentally, the moment they land at Bangkok airport, Chandu shows his expertise in pick-pocketing and steals the Trinetra diamond from Rakesh Pandey. But he really doesn't know the value of the diamond. Rakesh Pandey realises that Chandu picked his pocket and sends his men. Somehow, Chandu and Alekhya escape from them. Just before the climax, Alekhya comes to know that Trinetra diamond was with Chandu. Even as they were about to return to India, the mafia gang are after them. Somehow, Chandu plays a trick and helps the police to catch Rakesh Pandey and gets the reward of Rs 1 crore. The film ends with a happy note.

    PLUS: Kantheti Shankar did a good job in capturing the beautiful locales of Bangkok with his camera as a major part of the film has been shot there. The producer has spent a lot on canning of songs, where lots of Digital Intermediate technology was used. After a long time, the Telugu audiences could watch boat chases and other such chases in the film on the lines of old commercial films. Heroine Navneet Kaur is the only saving grace as she tried to woo the audience with her exposing and glamour, but to no avail.

    MINUS: Despite good experience in front of camera, Rishi failed to improve his body language and histrionics. He tried to cash in on the mass image but that did not click well. It is not known why the director kept the Tuss bank comedy scene. The screenplay is very stale and has nothing to keep the story in grip. Though boasted as an international mafia don, the director failed to elevate the villain character. It is not known why international criminals just run after the hero and heroine who are trying to escape instead of killing them mercilessly. There is no logic behind this. There is another unnecessary scene where the FBI holds a meet and talks about the international mafia. The director has failed to show any clarity in his direction.

    REMARKS: But for a routine commercial run, the film has nothing to boat of. Comedy by Sunil would remain saving grace to some extent. The timing and placement of songs is wrong. Gauthamraju should have sharpened his scissors further and cut down unnecessary scenes. A film that could be easily avoided.

    Cast: Rishi, Navneet Kaur, Sunil, Prashant Singh, Melkote, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Jeeva, Mallikarjuna Rao, Sutti Velu, Vijayachander, Kadambari Kiran, Kallu Chidambaram, Chitram Sreenu, Jenny, Rajitha, Pavala Shyamala, Likhita, Abhinayasri, Ram-Lakshman (guest appearance) and others are in the cast.

    Credits: Dialogues – Marudhuri Raja, Lyrics – Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar, Jayasurya, Paidisetty Ram, Music – Ghantadi Krishna, Camera – Kantheti Shankar, Editing – Gauthamraju, Action – Ram-Lakshman, Producer – K Srinivas Story, screenplay and direction are by Kola Nag.

    Banner: SSR Films

    Released on: December 28, 2007

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