When you have a perfect screenplay of a film that’s a cult Hollywood classic, your job becomes EASY – just to add some local flavor and adapt it to the native tongue. Not to forget, you have a hero who’s is touted as the comedy king of the land and a swarm of other actors who can give the much needed laughter. But, Alas! You grossly waste them by making a film that’s a mere collage of visual set-pieces. Wait, there’s a reason to cheer for. The valiant attempt of making “India’s first comic 3D film” paid off. The 3D stratagem worked for the film and it helps mellow down the angst of audience.
The fact known to everyone is that Action 3D is a free-make of The Hangover. So, if you have already watched the film you are not here for a thrill ride. The twists and turns won’t surprise you. But what surprises you is the makers wish to make a sequel to Action 3D. Oh no, now The Hangover 2 and 3 are also up for a shoddy rip-off. Fans of Hangover series can’t see this exotic bird peeled off feather by feather, and non-fans can just relax because there is something in store for them – some novel touches and some run-on-the-mill stuff make it a mediocre film which’s not worth its hype.
This is the story of four friends: Bawa (Allari Naresh), Purushottam (Raju Sundaram), Ajay (‘Kick’ Shyam) and Shiva (Vaibhav). Purush is recently married but quite often resorts to debauchery; Shiva is a puppet in the hands of his girlfriend; Ajay is getting married soon; and Bawa is in the search of love. All go on a road trip to Goa to celebrate the last few days of Ajay’s bachelorhood. En route they have a few chases and meet new people who make their journey interesting. All the trouble starts when they land in Goa. How they come out of it and reach their destination forms the rest of the story.
Allari Naresh plays his role perfectly but Raju Sundaram outshines him. He punches in every scene with his comic timing. Vaibav and Shyam complete the wolf pack but their roles are poorly etched. They are just lost in the clutter. Sunil and Posani act as narrators of the film and this is one of the creative touches. The female members of the cast have nothing much to do. Sneha Ullal gets a song and Neelam Upadhyaya gets two. Neelam gets the two flagship songs – tribute to Raghavendra Rao and Swati Muthyapu Jallulao. In these two songs she leaves no stone unturned in giving an over the board skin show. And why the hell Brahmanandam, Ali, Krishna Bhagawan, Sudeep amd many other actors come and go for no reason.
Music by Bappi and Bappa Lahiri is an average fare. They induced the Oo Lala flavor in a song and the remix version of an old song is done neatly. Camera work by Sarvesh Murari is appealing and stereographer Keith added a new dimension of 3D to the overall visual experience. M R Varma’s editing is the sore thumb of the film that extended its runtime by many minutes. It’s better if he sharpens his scissors in his next outing. And please note, this movie has no interval. So fill your popcorn buckets before entering the cinema.
The title of the review has the word Dookudu in it. Yes, the movie has umpteen references to that film. M S Narayana’s character starts from where it stopped in Dookudu. They mention Mahesh Babu and Sreenu Vytla and loads of other scenes from the film were redone here. Oh, that’s too much. The makers used the film to the core in Action 3D. We all might have heard of in-film brand placements, but here you can see an in-film ‘trailer’ placement. They have effectively promoted their new film 1 Nenokkadine by plugging it in the middle of a scene.
Final Cut: Watch this ‘A’ rated film if you have nothing else to watch. You can reckon on the 3D footage and few laughs. The rest of it is jarring with no spice or surprise. A lesson to everyone – Please don’t create an unnecessary hype for a movie. If you can’t live to the expectations, you are bound to earn the wrath of the audience. A small piece of advice to producer-turned-director Anil Sunkara – you are good as a producer, so stay the same and don’t dabble with other departments.
My Rating: Expectation – 7/10; Reality – 4/10.view less