“Thriller marred by silliness”
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Director Dasarath moves out of his templat-ish hero-realizing-the-family-values scripts to a thrill zone, at least the posters call it a thrilling love story. Now, my quest all through the film was to pick out the oodles of love and piles of thrillers. Sadly, I was not lucky and garnered just few of both of them. If I have to list it in a genre, I’d prefer calling it a ‘forced thriller’ because the thrills are force-fit into a routine narrative.
Shourya takes off with an interesting premise of offering multiple points of view but this fizzles out as you see the ordinary events unfolding in front of you. So, it makes it difficult to glue your eyeballs to the screen. It’s more of television series CID or Neralu Ghoralu with a spice. There are twists that hold your attention but nothing extrapolates into an edge-of-the-seat moment. That being said, the director buys more runtime with a comic track that misfit by miles. A typical Telugu director’s cut – when in doubt add Brahmanandam to the mix.
A quick look at the plot is Shourya (Manoj) is a Pharmacy major from Harvard and plans to start his own venture in India. He meets Netra (Regina) and when they decide to leave for the UK, fate has something else. There’s a murder and the entire film revolves around brining criminals to book. So, who done it?
The film offers a good drift for Manoj from his regular outings that are too massy and filled with hyperbolic laughter. Here, he played a poised role with multiple shades of good and bad. Regina, drenched in a layer of make-up, tries to look good as a girl to fall for. Prakash Raj plays the regular detective who connects the dots. The other powerhouses are Prabhas Srinu and Shakalaka Shankar who fill the blank spaces with their humor.
Shourya couldn’t keep the promise it made in the posters and the premise. Though Dasarath tried to cook a broth with thrilling ingredients, they couldn’t blend into the events to come out as a perfect whole. There are some fireworks at crucial junctures of the film, but on the whole, the film ends up being a wet firecracker.