So what’s wrong? The plot, that’s truly ancient and the treatment is shoddy! Sorry, Poori Jaganath- there is not even one single original scene in the film which is watered down version of the Johhny Depp- Al Pacino Donnie Brasco which was already remade into Malayalam as Evar starring Jayaram and Biju Menon. Added to that the comedy scenes are lifted from a Tamil comedy track!
Pandu (Mahesh Babu) is a hit man in Hyderabad’s mean streets. He gets into Ali Bhai (Prakash Raj)’s gang and works his way up. During the same time he falls in love with Sruthi (Ileana) an aerobic teacher who is targeted by a corrupt cop (Ashish Vidyarthi)and is hand-in-glove with the gang.
Post interval- It is revealed that Pandu is none other than Suryanarayanan an IPS officer who has gone undercover to infiltrate Ali Bhai’s gang and eliminate it. How he accomplishes it forms the rest of the story. Needless to say, Pokiri is made to showcase Mahesh Babu’s heroism and it works to a large extent. He is fantastic and the superbly choreographed action scenes in a local train by fight master Vijayan and the shoot-out in the ruins are fantastic.
The villain brigade is there to just glorify the hero’s heroism. Sayaji Shinde is the director’s mouthpiece as he takes on the electronic media who are made to look like a bunch of jokers! Nasser as the Pandu’s father has given the sentimental touch while comedy track of Brahmanandam-Ali-Venu Madhav is jarring and slows down the tempo of the film. Ileana is there for glamour and she is promising.
Mani Sharma’s music is peppy with Gala..Gala… being the pick of the album. Shyam.K.Naidu’s camera and Venkatesh’s editing are good. Pokiri is designed as a mass masala extravaganza which satisfies the undemanding viewers. Mahesh Babu has strong screen presence that works to the advantage of the film.
Verdict: Time Pass