When I went to the theaters, I didn’t have any expectations of the film as a young director was directing it. I thought we get to witness Balaya in a software employee or news reporter outfit like how he was portrayed in the movie Sreemanarayana. So I was preparing to catch Balaya at a slow pace and familiar story.
Gopichand Malineni has proved me wrong by slapping a blockbuster movie on my face. There’s nothing wrong in saying that Gopichand has matched Balaya’s vibe, and the story was set to mesmerize not only Balaya fans but everyone who is into entertainment.
Pathaan: A failed blockbuster.
Kantara movie review:
LIGER: A WASTED OPPORTUNITY.
My Experience in Theater.
As I entered the theater, the mood was set for Balaya’s movie, thanks to his fans. The film starts with Meenakshi (played by Honey Rose), a restaurant owner in Istanbul. When her restaurant faces an issue, her son, young Bala Krishna, will enter into the matter and solve the problem. His entry, the dialogue, and the action piqued my interest in the film. However, honey Rose portraying Bala Krsihna’s mother, felt a bit weird in the beginning as he is almost double her age. But that makes total sense once you see the flashback.
The cringe moment in the film was the chemistry between Shruthi Hassan and Bala Krishna. While looking at the film, it was evident that the writers could have invested more time in developing the journey between hero and heroine. Though it has its cringe moments, the movie delivers. Gopichand understood the fans and gave them what they wanted, a mass entertainer and a feast for Balaya fans.
The flashback is the most important aspect we need to talk about. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar has given a spectacular performance in the movie. There is no doubt that she stole the show—Varalakshmi Sarathkumar’s performance as the antagonist and as the sister of Balaya is mesmerizing.
A man who does anything to protect his people, a brother who respects his sister even though her interests contradict hers. That is Veera Simha Reddy.
What went Wrong?
The only thing that bothered me was Shruthi Hassan was roped into the film only for dances and to be a pair to Junior Balaya. She was not involved in the story as Honey Rose and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar were involved. The writer should have focused more on her as well.
The movie is packed with action, sentiments, and touch-and-go comedy. So, if you are a Telugu action movie fan, watch it in theaters.
Positives and Negatives:
- Bala Krishna’s action and dialogue delivery.
- Varalakshmi Sarathkumar’s mesmerizing performance.
- Honey Rose, splendid acting
- The story
- Cringe moments in the first half
- Less screen presence of Shruthi Hassan.
Watch it in theaters. Our rating is 7/10.