Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 19 September 2014
Mahesh Babu, Tamannaah, Sonu Sood, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Raghu Karumanchi and others
What do we say about Aagadu? Haven't we seen films in this template before? Is Mahesh Babu being repetitive? That's what you will feel after watching the film. Dookudu, Gabbar Singh, Pokiri...Aagadu shares a lot of similarities with these films.
Let's get down to the story:
CI Shankar (Mahesh Babu) is popular for his brave attitude. He is also known as 'Encounter Shankar'. He is sent to a town which is ruled by Sonu Sood. This will remind you of the 90's films that had villains whom nobody dared to challenge. Our hero makes an entry to save everyone. He has Nasser, Vennela Kishore, Raghu as his subordinates. The flavour is of the Pawan Kalyan starrer Gabbar Singh here.
The hero initially takes on the subordinates of the lead villain. He tramples them. The villain makes his entry and takes on the hero directly. The rest of the story is about how Shankar kicks Sonu Sood the baddie and destroys his empire. In the midst of this, there is a love angle with Tamannaah. For Shanker its love at first sight with the lady, who sells sweets for a living.
Director Srinu Vaitla has thrown the script of this film to the winds. He relies on comedy, but at times it's too much. Moreover the comedy is overpowered by Mahesh's heroism. Police parodies are highlighted, but like we said before, haven't we seen it all? The spoof on the game show is also tried and tested elsewhere. What was Vaitla thinking?
Those dialogues are good. Some of them are in rhyming English and we must say they are wee bit difficult to follow. S S Thaman's songs are good, so are the editing, cinematography and the art work.
Performance wise Mahesh gives his best. He enacts his character with ease. Tamannaah has paired for the first time with Mahesh. But the pair fail to create the much necessary impact. Looks like the talented actress is wasted in this film.
Shruthi Hassan sizzles in the item number. Rajendra Prasad's screen play is good. Brahmi is too loud. M S Narayana and Vennela Kishore do a fine job. Sonu Sood has given a good performance.
Overall Aagadu doesn't pass the muster. The director and the lead actor have repeated themselves. Aagadu is definitely not a heavy weight film.
Verdict: Fun in parts but fails to create impact