May 4, 2013

Greeku VeeruDu- Nagarjuna Lovely Movie -Review


Film: Greekuveerudu
Cast: Nagarjuna, Nayanatara, Meera Chopra, K Vishwanath, Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivas Rao, Sharat Babu, Nagababu, M S Narayana, Ali, Venumadhav, Raghubabu, Kasi Vishwanath, Vennela Kishore, Nagineedu, Supreeth, Ashok Kumar, Bharat Reddy, Tagubothu Ramesh, Sarika Ramchandra Rao, Geetanjali, Sudha, Indu Anand
Dialogues co-writer: Praveen Varma
Screenplay: Hari, M Rao
Music: S S Taman
Director of Photography: Anil Bhandari
Art: Ravindar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Executive producer: Vivekananda Kuchibhatla
Co-producer: D Vishwa Chandan Reddy
Producer: D Siva Prasad Reddy
Banner: Kamakshi Movies
Story, dialogues, and directed by: Dasaradh
CBFC Rating: U/A
Release date: May 03, 2013

What's it about!

Chandu (Nagarjuna) loses his parents at very young age, his mother tells him not to get into relationships, if he does he would feel pain. Chandu grows up to be Casanova, not sticking to any relationship. He is businessman in USA. Nevertheless, he goofs with one agreement with a client that forces him to pay hefty amount in 30 days. His grandparents in India ask him to visit them. He learns that his grandparents have crores of money and he can visit them and take some money to clear off the debt. On his way to India, he meets Sandhya (Nayantara) who is member of Make A Wish foundation. He likes her. His grandparents with love and affection welcome Chandu. Sandhya comes to the village where Chandu is living with grandparents, and they mistake her to be Chandu's wife. To make his grandparents happy, he asks her to pretend as his wife and Sandhya agrees to it. What happens next is the rest of the story.

 Analysis

Director Dasaradh who is known to make 'feel-good' dramas has made Greekuveerudu in similar manner. It does offer some emotional scenes, some appreciable moments, catchy songs, but leaves us feeling that it could have been better if handled with more finesse. Because the movie moves on a relatively predictable style. It is as if you have seen one, you have seen them all. The screenplay is uneven and hardly any exciting element in the second half. Then what scores for its advantage? Well, it is the charm of lead actors Nagarjuna and Nayanatara that largely works. Also scenes between Nagarjuna and K Vishwanath are good too. Though it is predictable, it is not boring.

The film has many resemblances to Seetarammayya Gaari Manavaralu and other Telugu films and more importantly French romantic comedy I do (PrĂȘte-moi ta main, 2006)

Performances

Nagarjuna is quite good looking, the seasoned actor carries off the role well. His chemistry with Nayanatara is equally nice. Nayanatara looks beautiful in trendy costumes as well as in designer sarees. Vishwanath as grandfather brings dignity to the movie. His role is similar to that of Akkineni's in Seetarammaya Gaari Manavaralu. Sudha makes her presence felt. Brahmanandam and M S Narayana's comedy scenes are irritating. There are plenty of actors but none makes impact.

On technical front, surprisingly, Taman’s music scores. He has given some good numbers. His work stands out in the film. But other technical crew has failed. The CG work and cinematography are below the standard.

Dialogues are good in some portions. Director Dasaradh always writes good lines for emotional scenes. He has again succeeded in getting the emotional moments right. But he should have taken care in screenplay and portions in the second half.

Bottom-line

Greekuveerudu is very plain family drama. Couple of good emotional scenes, catchy numbers by Taman, lead actors' charm and the message of the movie work to its advantage.

Rating: 3/5

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