Bodyguard review: Nicely packaged family entertainer

Source: General

By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Movie Title



Gopichand Malineni

Star Cast

Venkatesh, Trisha, Saloni, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivas Rao, Subbaraju, Ali, Venumadhav, Dharmavarapu and others

It`s vacation season in Andhra Pradesh and time for big movie releases. Siddique`s Bodyguard which tasted success in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi hit the screens here.

It is a faithful remake though writer Kona Venkat and director Gopichand Malineni have tried to include more entertainment and action to suit the Telugu audiences.

Venkatadri (Venkatesh), the ace bodyguard was sent to Jammalamadugu by his uncle Mohana Rao (Tanikella Bharani) to protect Varadarajulu Naidu, a local leader and life saver of Venkatadri.

Varadarajulu Naidu`s daughter Keerthi (Trisha) is adamant about finishing her degree in Hyderabad. Venkatadri is sent along with her as her bodyguard to protect her from rival Shiva Reddy (Kota).

Venkatadri also joins the college and follows Trisha like a shadow. Annoyed with the bodyguard, Keerthi and her friend Swathi (Saloni) sketches a plan to divert his concentration away from them.

Keerthi makes anonymous calls pretending to be in love with him. Venkatadri also blindly falls for her. In the process Keerthi falls in love with Venkatadri. The hide and seek drama runs for a while before Varadarajulu Naidu announces Keerthi`s marriage with her brother-in-law Shankar Naidu (Subba Raju).

Venkatesh is not adequate for the role of a bodyguard. The role would be better suited for a young generation hero with mass appeal who can portray emotions better. Venkatesh`s acting is good in the last twenty minutes but the role is very weak.

Trisha acted well in some scenes. She looks slim and hot Saloni has a significant role as Trisha`s friend. Prakash Raj`s role is brief as Trisha`s father. Tanikella Bharani, Dharmavarapu Subhrahamanyam, Kota, Subba Raju, Pragathi are just okay in their brief roles. Ali and Venumadhav have tried to generate laughter.

Director Gopichand Mallineni missed some punches in re-making the movie to suit the taste of Telugu audience. It is an out dated script, but the miserable screenplay also played spoilsport. Director made feeble attempts to generate humour through half-baked scenes. All the twists and turns take place only in the last 20 minutes. The movie runs at slow pace testing the patience of audience.

Technically, S S Thaman has given couple of good songs. Background score should have been better. Choreography is a big minus. Shaym K Naidu?s cinematography is good. Action scenes by Ram Laxman are routine and editing could have been crisp.

On the whole, it is nicely packaged family entertainer mostly targeted at women and family audiences. People who haven?t seen the film in other languages might enjoy more.

Verdict: Family entertainer

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