Review: Fairly Engaging Thriller With Raw Violence
A youngster who works in the US comes to India to attend the wedding of his sister.
the engagement is going on. If this is a romantic comedy, we all know what happens next. As
is a thriller, we all guess there should be a twist here. And yes, it appears suddenly in the form of a shocking revelation. So, this film
is going to
be different. And we’re hooked.
Naga Shaurya had started his career in a good fashion with some quality hits. Despite facing a few setbacks later, he delivered very good films, at least in terms of concept. He has a mixed time for the last couple of years. A blockbuster as a solo hero in 2018 followed by
a couple of
duds and a fantastic hit in the form of Oh Baby. But it was a Samantha star vehicle.
may not be a make or break film, but as he has taken the matters into his hands and written screenplay and produced it, the result
of this film
will decide the level of risks he’s
take further down the line. Let’s see how he fared both as a screenwriter and actor with
Gana’s sister attempts suicide when she should actually
the time of her life. It’s her engagement
she’s the apple of the family. Her dream Prince is also a good prospect for her (interestingly,
actor Prince played the role).
a few minutes we learn that she’s pregnant. No. Don’t think in terms of family sentiment. It’s a thriller. Everyone understands that she doesn’t know who was the reason for her pregnancy. And something is wrong. And Priya (the sister) is not to
With no other alternative, as a new age youngster, Gana takes the matters into his hand and
to investigate the matter which leads to some more than shocking findings. Several girls in the city get kidnapped. A few days later they’re found but needs urgent medical attention. All their stories are more or less similar. Finding the pattern, our hero works in parallel to the police. If and how he finds the reason behind
forms the rest of the story.
This review writer has come across a newspaper article about the suicide attempt of a
15 year old
the parents thought of was: she’s suffering from severe stomachache. A common reason blurted out in suicide cases initially. The police took the investigation seriously and the medical examination gave evidence that she’s a 6 months old pregnant. No.
This case is not related
to this film. But things like this are happening.
The girl’s is a love affair which led things to the logical conclusion of her getting pregnant. The boy rejected her pleas to marry her. The police inquired 6 boys who could have been the father of the child and found out the guy. Upon proper treatment, the guy accepted the fact.
A DNA test and police style treatment were needed
to bring out the truth.
On the other hand, we
have seen the horrific fate of Disha a few months back.
Writing and direction
situation. And the ugly side of our society. As this is a film, there should be a villain. The villain is sadistic and commits unspeakable crimes on young women. Yes. There’s a reason behind his demonic nature. But
he should be brought
starts on a sedate note like a proper romantic comedy but takes
into the crisis relatively quicker. The narration doesn’t deviate from the point on hands and the screenplay is in a slower note in the first half.
early in the second half and
the audience is given
a taste of his cruelty with a few gruesome scenes. The relentless pacing in the second half and the raw cruelty on display from the villain are too much for
Tollywood audience. Also, the narration experiences
a couple of
pitfalls in the second half.
The writer/director failed to bring the first confrontation of the hero and villain rather too late which led to several filler scenes. Instead of a
cat and mouse
game, it has become a tedious watch what with a gory action. The climax comes
all of a sudden
and ends the same way. The emotional bonding between the hero and his sister
is well established
in the film which helps keep the audience attention till the end despite the flaws.
Naga Shaurya did a fantastic job as a lead man. Right from the body language to the screen presence, he
the game. He’s manly in the action sequences. The dialogue delivery in emotional moments needs improvement. Otherwise, Gana is easily his best film in terms of performance. Mehreen Pirzada is neat in a limited role. The girl who played the hero’s sister is excellent.
But it is the acclaimed Bengali actor Jisshu Sengupta (played LV Prasad in NTR:
) who steals the show. The otherwise soft
actor is cruelty personified. His sadistic acts on the screen
are sure to
send down creeps through our guts. The way he shows a wide range of emotions through his eyes is masterful. Other actors played their roles
in a decent manner
The music of this film is mediocre in terms of songs. They’re neither catchy nor they have memorable lyrics. But the background score is
. The sounds or rather the lack of complemented the intense narration of the film. The cinematography’s first rate. The editing is terrific in action sequences. The thrills are first class. The production values are very good.
is a fairly engaging thriller with a need-of-the-hour story and an intense narration. Great performances and a decent number of thrills make this a one time watch. It has everything it takes to be a neat
but despite the family bonding (brother-sister sentiment
it alienates the family audience. It’s also not for
audience. Know what you get before you watch. If you can stomach the violence on display,
is a good watch.
Demonic villain role of Jisshu Sengupta
Naga Shaurya’s makeover and performance
Violence crossed the line (for Telugu audience)
Erratic second half (or a slow first half - depending on who you ask)
Rating: 2.75 out of 5