After seeing many release dates and overcoming umpteen hurdles, Autonagar Surya, starring Naga Chaitanya and Samantha, has finally hit the theatres.
As the title says, the film is all about Surya (Naga Chaitanya) who aims to make a living in Autonagar. Surya lost his parents when he was a four-year-old and his maternal uncle and family abandoned him as his mother opted for an inter-caste love marriage against their wishes. So Surya grows up as an orphan spending his childhood on the streets.
Chaitanya's performance as Surya stands out. Chaitu, who hasn't done such a role before, proved his critics wrong with his action and dialogues. Samantha excels in whatever limited screen time she has.
Tollywood has very few directors who make story-driven films. Director Deva Katta, who is the auteur of films such Vennela and Prasthanam had this reputation. That's in the past now. His third and latest directorial venture Autonagar Surya might not take his image forward.
The blame sits squarely on writer-director Deva's shoulders for choosing a noodle-thin and age-old plot. Set in the hassled locale of Autonagar, the film has all the cliches - mafia rule that the hero dares and defies to finally win the battle and his heroine.
Autonagar Surya has a few resemblances with 'Bommarillu' Bhaskar's previous disaster Ongole Githa, which was set in a Mirchi yard. Yes, Deva Katta may have written this script way before Bhaskar's Ongole Githa, but comparisons can't be avoided as the latter was released first.
Deva Katta has literally squandered all his talents on this film without any rhyme or reason. He has put all his eggs into one basket and the result is Autonagar Surya. Frankly, no one expected such a lame, linear screenplay from Deva.
Samantha-Chaitanya's love track could have been conceived well. Dialogues by Deva are witty and well-written. Although they appear heavy, few of them strike a chord instantly.
Watch Autonagar Surya if you must, but only for Chaitu's punch dialogues and Samantha's gorgeous looks.
Rating: 2.8 stars out of 5