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Yuddham Sharanam review: A predictable, formulaic revenge theme

Despite glossiness, it puts us to sleep

Friday 8 September 2017

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Movie Title

Yuddham Sharanam

Director

Krishna Marimuthu

Star Cast

Naga Chaitanya Akkineni, Lavanya Tripathi, Anjali, Meka Srikanth, Nayak Samudrala, Revathy, Seetha, Rao Ramesh, Murali, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Raja Ravindra

Arjun (Naga Chaitanya) leads happy life with his parents and sisters. He also has a girlfriend, Anjali (Lavanya). His peaceful life is disrupted when a politician orders a gangster Naik (Srikanth) to plant bombs in city, so that the politician's scams get diverted. The gangster does as instructed. After the blast, Naik kills people who are involved in the execution. Arjun's parents happen to watch an incident that changes their life. How Arjun goes after Naik forms rest of the story.

A youngster's family lands in trouble when they accidentally watch a criminal act and then the youngster goes on the mission to take revenge! This storyline has been used widely in many movies. Yuddham Sharanam, written by David R Nathan is on similar lines of Nani's Gentleman.

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Not just David Nathan’s plot point is old, but even the narration is quite predictable. The story opens with the bomb blast sequence and reveals that Arjun's parents are missing. The flashback scenes are about Arjun's ife with his family and the love story between him and Anjali. Major part of the first half is focussed on this. So, it is bearable to the some extent but post interval, it drives in quite predictable manner and it goes at snail pace.

The so-called usage of drones and 3D cameras hardly adds any interesting drive to the story. The director's inability to tell the story in an engaging way and the writer's formulaic screenplay have made it a boring affair. Very recently Sree Vishnu starrer Maa Abbayi told the similar story line in similar way.

Naga Chaitanya in this role is just okay. This is not a challenging character for him at all. Lavanya Tripathi who got bad name for her performance in recently released Mister has got another girlfriend role who doesn't do much beyond being in two songs or scenes. Srikanth, who started off his career as villain in the beginning stage, is back to playing them after a gap of two decades. As the ruthless villain, he is convincing. Murali Sharma and Ravi Varma are okay. Rao Ramesh and Revathy as Naga Chaitanya’s parents have lent beauty to the screen.

Camera work done by Niketh is major asset. The songs are not effective on the screen. Abburi Ravi’s dialogues and screenplay are mediocre. New director Krishna Murimuthu fails to impress.

Yuddham Sharanam has formulaic revenge theme that is told in quite predictable manner. The slow pace puts off further. Despite glossiness, it puts us to sleep.

Yuddham Sharanam review: 2 Stars