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Dookudu review: A bonanza to Mahesh fans

Sreenu Vaitla
Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam
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Mahesh Babu`s much-awaited film Dookudu had a hysterical release in record number of theatres all over the world, though it suffered the sting of the Telangana agitators in the Nizam area.

Mahesh Babu`s image plus Srinu Vytla direction, who delivered consistent hits at the box office, raised the expectations to the skies. Let us see the results.

An undercover IPS officer Ajay (Mahesh Babu) wants to take vengeance on a dreaded don Nayak (Sonu Sood) and his accomplices Kota and Shayaji Shinde), who were once the followers of his father and an honest politician Shankar Narayana (Prakash Raj).

The trio tries to kill of Ajay`s father who falls into coma. After several years, Ajay IPS, moves to Istanbul, where he falls in love with a ravishing beauty Prashanti (Samantha).

Now, the hero is set to face two missions to win the heart of his ladylove and the game of blood for blood. How he achieves the goals form the crux of the movie.

Mahesh Babu`s role, particularly in the action episodes, rocks. Even in emotional scenes too, the hero looks superb, drawing applause from the audience.

Coupled with this, Mahesh thrills with his comedy timing. Going by the story, Mahesh Babu donned two different attires, impressive in both and playing them to perfection.

It is discouraging to watch Samantha, who is just a glam doll, yet with no mass appeal. In fact, her performance comes as a dampener. Parvati Melton`s item song is a dud, and gives a feel that it is a wasteful venture in the movie.

As usual, Prakash Raj is an asset to the film. Sonu Sood excelled in his villainy, while the other baddies Kota, Sayaji Shinde and Supreeth are adequate.

Brahmanandam-MS Narayana comedy is hilarious and worth a watch. Definitely, the episodes bear the mark of Seenu Vytla. Nassar who plays Mahesh`s boss looked routine. Suman and Nagababu as cops in a few scenes are wasted.

Director Seenu Vytla succeeds in blending his trademark skills with that of Mahesh Babu in the right mix. Gopi Mohan`s story and dialogues by Kona Venkat sync well. While the first half is slow, the audiences are rather surprised at the speed of the second half.

Screenplay should have been better in the second half, but the punch from the comedy department could overshadow the boredom.

SS Thaman`s music sounded average in the theatres, though a couple of numbers `Guruvaram` and `Dethadi` could enliven the mood of the spectators. The background score and the music during some romantic moments are dull.

Cinematography by Guhan is excellent, while action is a major highlights. Costumes were superb. Production values are high.

Despite the drawbacks, Dookudu holds the power to lure the crowds, with its commercial values. The audiences will feel that some of the scenes and characters are inspired by Mahesh Babu`s blockbuster Pokiri and Athadu.

The influence of the Bollywood movie Patiala House can also be seen to some extent.

Anyways, Dookudu is a bonanza to Mahesh Babu`s fans and it will not disappoint the family crowds either.

Verdict: Entertaining


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