Release date : Nov 15, 2019
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Starring : Sundeep Kishan, Hansika Motwani, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Saptagiri, Murli Sharma,
Director : G.Nageswara Reddy
Producers : Agraharam Nagi Reddy
Music Director : Sai Karthik
Cinematography : Sai Sriram
Editor : Chota K Prasad
Post the success of Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene, Sundeep Kishan is back with a comedy caper called Tenali Rama Krishna. Directed by Nageswara Reddy, this film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Tenali (Sundeep Kishan) is a small-time lawyer who is on the lookout for a big case so that he can settle down in life. As time passes by, he falls in love with another lawyer(Hansika) which is not liked by her dad(Murali Sharma). Just when Tenali is all set to teach his lover’s dad a lesson, he comes to know about a shocking truth about him which also involves an industrialist Vara Lakshmi(Vara Lakshmi). What is that truth? Who is this Vara Lakshmi? How is she connected to the so-called criminal setup? and how does Tenali solve all those problems? To know the answers, watch the film on the big screen.
Plus Points :
The set up of the film is pretty interesting. Sundeep Kishan leads from the front and gives a very good performance. His comedy timing is superb and he was quite impressive in all the action sequences. Special mention to the way he acted in all the courtroom scenes with Murali Sharma where he did a neat job.
Hansika looked beautiful as the lady lawyer and ably supported Sundeep. Once again, Murali Sharma got a meaty role and he was very impressive in it. It was very good to see Saptagiri in a comic role after a long time. His scenes with Posani were very good. Raghu Babu was strictly okay.
The songs in the first half were pretty good. The manner in which the twists were brought in the first half was also impressive. The first half had hardly any errors as the proceedings were breezy. Vara Lakshmi Sarath Kumar started off well in her role but her character went subdued in the second half.
Minus Points :
Firstly, the film is an old school slapstick comedy aimed at the masses. So, a section of the audience will find the comedy quite over the top. The second half of the film is a big problem as the director loses out of ideas and makes the film fall flat on its face.
He starts off the second part with a great twist and when we think the actual game will start now, things get bogged down. What comes now is a silly comedy, lack of relatable drama and many logicless scenes. One would think that there will be some good courtroom drama but sadly that is missing in the film in later stages. The manner in which the witnesses are treated and comedy is generated through them in a crunch situation looks silly and brings down the film.
Technical Aspects :
The production values of the film are top-notch as the film looks cool. The camerawork is pretty good as the courtroom setup and the Kurnool city is shown in a realistic and natural manner. Dialogues are witty and evoke good laughter. Editing is decent as the film has a crisp runtime. Music by Sai Karthik is impressive as all the songs are good and have also been shot well. The BGM is also superb. Hansika has been styled superbly in the film.
Coming to the director Nageswara Reddy, he had a good story but he did not make full use of it. He starts the first half well, brings the comedy scenes in full flow and introduces the twists in a superb manner. He also starts the second half with a crazy twist but from there on, his narration takes a severe beating. He loses out on a good plot and in the name of comedy, he makes the proceedings silly and breaks the backbone of the film ending it in a silly manner.
On the whole, Tenali Rama Krishna is a comedy caper aimed at the target audience of single screens. The film has an impressive first half with good comedy and twists. But the second half is let down because of jaded narration and over the top scenes. All those who love loud comedy and do not bother about the plot or logics, this film will impress them. The rest can pick from something else this weekend.
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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