After a long hiatus, festivities begin in Tollywood with the release of the most coveted film Attarintiki Daredi. The movie became the most sought after one owing to the crackling combination of ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram. The director gives wings to his flights of fantasy by girdling a simple story in multiple layers of entertainment. This clichéd yet inventive treatment gives the movie a master-stroke that does a decent patchwork for the loopholes and brings out the comic and emotional core of the film.
Raghu Nandan (Boman Irani) owns a huge business in Italy and his company is at the verge of a hostile takeover. To foil the plans of the other party, he summons his grandson – Gowtham Nanda (Pawan Kalyan). Gowtham effortlessly pulls of the job in a sheer cinematic way. He braves dodging bullets coming from stone-throw distance and to understand that fight sequence the audience need a ‘rewind’ button. That button has been used to death by Trivikram in his earlier films.
After that fanfare studded introduction of Power Star the films lands at the main plot – to bring together the fragmented family of Raghu Nandan. The main task task here is to convince Gowtham’s aunt – Sunanda (Nadiya) – to pay a visit to Italy and square things off. Gowtham with his team lands in Hyderabad and gets on his job. Some of his tricks work initially to get him a place in the family but at the end he fails to achieve results. Then he hatches a plan to love his aunt’s daughter Prameela (Pranitha). What happens next and how he wins the hearts of the family forms the rest of the story.
The entire movie belongs to Pawan Kalyan. Time and again, he proves that his radiating presence on screen works wonders for the film. He handles the role that has multiple shades – he plays an arrogant businessman, a subdued worker, an effeminate dancer, a humorous baba, a romantic lover, an emotional person, and many more. And every act exudes lot of charm and chutzpah. That’s the hallmark of a true actor. The movie is a roller-coaster ride of emotions and Pawan’s acting takes it up many notches. My favorite is the well choreographed, stylish fight to grab his glasses.
Samantha plays a bubbly gal. Although she is underplayed in the beginning, she becomes the plot driver in the latter half. Pranitha shuns the myth that she would be playing the second fiddle in this film. She gets a meaty chunk and few good songs – Ninnu Chudagaane – where she shakes a leg with Pawan. Her beautiful face never allows you to move your eyes away from the screen.
Brahmanandam takes the mantle of making us laugh till the movie is over. He is complemented by able comedians such as Posani, M S Narayana and Ali. The four act Ahalya Amayakuralu play and the ‘Truth tree’ pushes the gags on you. Brahmi is also at the receiving end in Kaatama Rayuda song. Rao Ramesh is perfect in his role and Kota Srinivasa Rao plays a cameo as Siddappa. The characters of Nadiya, Rao Ramesh and Kota should have been etched well to bring out the best out of them and the writer dips a little in that area.
Trivikam always carries the baggage of Athadu and Hollywood hangover. A humorous scene is loosely based on Kevin Spacey’s narration in The Usual Suspects, and also couple of intercuts. The overuse of rewind and fast forward is an archetypal Athadu. The plot is an old one and the second half plugs in few bits of dragged laughter. However, the genius of Trivikram with his trademark dialogues and presentation never allows the viewer to ponder on banalities.
The second half, though a bit slow at times, piles the bricks for a proper foundation that offers surprises. The sudden transition of tone from comical to serious is done quite effortlessly. Also Boman Irani and Nadia’s black and white flashback has been used thrice in the narration for proper justification of the characters towards the climax. That’s a leave-no-stone-unturned approach of ‘Maatala Mantrikudu’ Trivikram.
Devi Sri Prasad plays a ‘saxy’ cameo in the film. The music is already on top of the charts and the background score takes the film to a different altitude. Kiraaku song is the best among the list for its music, uncanny picturization and Pawan’s thundering dance moves.
Camera work of Prasad Murella is striking and the way he bathes the frames with sunlight and multiple shades of color is commendable. But the CGI is couple of songs is half-baked and a deliberate effort to fill some frames with extra gloss and artificial color is unpalatable. Editing is neat and Prawin Pudi does a fab job. Albeit the movie’s runtime is 169 minutes, it doesn’t seem so long.
Attarintiki Daredi rides high on Pawanism and the magical wand of Trivikram. The writer and director in him complement each other to deliver a classy ensemble of entertainment. This film might re-define the boundaries of family-entertainers. The movie is a traditional platter with right doses of sugar and spice! Don’t miss it.
My Rating: Expectation – 8/10; Reality – 8/10view less