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Adhurs

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Critic's Rating: 17/5

Thursday 14 January 2010

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Movie Title

Adhurs

Director

VV Vinayak

Star Cast

NTR, Nayantara, Sheela, MS Narayana, Brahmanandam

This NTR starrer, which caught itself in the thick of the Telangana-Samaikhya Andhra controversy, released as a Sankranthi gift amidst tight police security at the theatres, with crowds reluctant to reach the theatres in Telangana region, while the moviegoers were thin at the theatres elsewhere in the Seema Andhra region, thanks their preoccupation with the festive mood. The film more or less generated an above average talk, more so due to somewhat interesting comedy and spellbound performance by NTR.

The story is about twin brothers who get separated as and when they see the light of the world. A Brahmin lady takes away one of the twins. An old woman plays a trick, thereby replacing the missing child with a dead baby. The weeping mother leaves with one baby. The missing boy becomes Chari (NTR), while his brother grows up as Narasimha (NTR) under the love and care of his mother. Chari is so sensitive and hilarious in his mannerisms, while Narasimha is brought up in a crude manner. While Nandu (Sheela), daughter of the police commissioner (Sayaji Shinde) falls in love with Narasimha, it is Chandrakala (Nayantara) who gets attracted to Chari. How the truth is out that the missing boy is alive and that how the twins get engaged to their respective love interests form the crux of the story.

NTR brings total justice to his dual role as Chari and Narasimha. His characterization as a Brahmin youth is simply superb and hilarious, but at the same time raking up a controversy with a group of the Brahmins community approaching the State governor Mr Narasimhan to ban the film. On the other hand, NTR?s role as Narasimha as rugged guy would work well with the mass audience.

Nayanthara and Sheela provide the glam quotient while Brahmanandam is hilarious as Bhattu, receiving a big footage which runs into nearly 40 minutes in the film. Other characters played by Raghu Babu, MS Narayana and Tannikella Bharani are apt going by the script. Kondavalasa in the attire as Big B is one of the most hilarious aspects in the film.

The story is old wine in a old bottle, completely lacking novelty or originality. The saving grace is that director VV Vinayak could present the age old subject in new attire, which again throws a lot of expectation on the audiences. While the script remained the weakest point, the highlights are the songs and comedy. Stunts, which usually are the strength in NTR starrer, turned otherwise in Adhurs, as the fights did not synchronise with the comedy mood.

Cinematography is fine. A major highlight of the flick is that all the songs are equally good to watch, while music by Devi Sri Prasad rocked. Dialogues are adequate. Editing is not crisp at stretches. A serious setback in the entertainment ensued with the film ending abruptly with a weak and highly expected climax. Production values are impressive.

The first half runs smoothly without much happening, while the second half goes awry, but giving balanced moments to the mass audiences thanks to the comedy and performance by NTR ? the only two strengths that shouldered the responsibility of the film.

Verdict: Mass entertainer

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