Punchline: Lacks Dhammu
Theme: Faction Feud
Cast: NTR, Trisha, Kartheeka, Venu Thottempudi, Abhinaya, Suman, Kota Srinivas Rao, Ranganath, Chalapthi Rao, Bhanu Priya,Nazzar, Ahuthi
Prasad, Brahmanandam, Ali, Sampath and others
Music: M.M. Keeravani
Lyrics: Chandra Bose
Cinematography: Arthur Wilson
Art: Anand Sai
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Story, Dialogues: M. Ratnam
Producer: K.A. Vallabha
Screenplay, Direction: Boyapati Srinu
Reviewed By: Kaushik Sharma
Plot: Rama Chandra is an orphan in Hyderabad, who gives value to
human life and he is against harming a person. He helps people, who are in need
and makes money too. He wants to settle financially and marry a good girl. He
falls in love with Ashwini(Trisha) and impresses her. Ashwini's
father (Subhalekha Sudhakar)
is particular about the guy's back ground and Rama Chandra begins his attempts
to show that he belongs to a rich family. Further in response to an Ad, Rama
Chandra approaches Raja Vaaru (Kota Srinivas Rao) and the latter
adopts him. Raja Vaaru takes Rama Chandra to their Aasthaanam/Zamindari, which is
facing a particular problem since 70 years and declares
him as the Chinna Raja Vaaru.
What is the main reason behind Rama Chandra's
adoption? How each of the main characters work towards
a particular goal? And how Rama Chandra achieves it finally, in the way he
believes? forms the rest of the story.
NTR: NTR is energetic. His performance was cool, as a
lover boy, in the first half. NTR's role transforms to a powerful leader
character as the movie progress and he performs it with ease. The most
interesting aspect is that many dialogues gave hints about NTR's political
entry and they received terrific applause from the audience. As usual he was
good at dances, emotional scenes and fights. His dialogue delivery was
Others: The Heroines did not have much scope in the movie. They could
not contribute glamour wise too. Trisha looked older than NTR and Kartheeka was OK. Kartheeka
improved in performance and dances compared to her previous movies.
Nassar was very good as the main villain.He
played a complete negative character after a long time and his mannerisms, performance were terrific. He dubbed his own voice.
Rahul Dev, Sampath, Sridhar played the
roles of other baddies.
Suman was excellent. Though he had lesser screen time, his presence
contributed a lot to the film. Venu Thottempudi turned as a character artist with this film and
he was alright. Abhinaya's performance as Hero's
sister, improved a lot compared to Shambo Shiva Shambo. Ali was good as the hero's side kick. Kota and Bhanu Priya were apt. Senior character artists like Ranganath,
Subhalekha Sudhakar and Chalapthi Rao were seen after a
long time. They suited the roles well.Uttej was seen
in a guest role, Ahuthi Prasad played a small
character and Brahmanandam was wasted in the movie.
Technical Aspects: The Production values by Creative
Commercials banner were on a large scale. Cinematography was good and the art
work was grand. Dialogues by M.Ratnam were impressive, but lengthy at times. Editing could have been better, as there
were many boring scenes.
Songs and the BGM composed by M.M.Keeravani were excellent. These
are the biggest assets of the movie. 'Raju Vacchinaado..', ' Dhammu' title song, 'Vaasthu Baagundhe..' songs were choreographed and pictured well.
These songs received great response at the theater. The much hyped 'Ruler..' song is not upto the
expectations. Except for three fights, others were not upto
Direction by Boyati Srinu is good in parts. The way he showed
enmity, vengeance and a few action episodes are novel. There is
inconsistency in the screen play, which did a major damage to the movie.
2) Songs and BGM
3) Novel narration at certain parts
5) A few mass elements
1) Boring Scenes
2) Inconsistent Screenplay
3) Weak First Half
4) Illogical romance thread
5) Less Comedy
6) Excessive violence
Analysis: The concept of faction
feud and a noble intention of the Hero, is a very old
one. The director tried to narrate it in a novel way, but was not successful.
Script wise the movie appears to be good. But the same could not be transferred
to the screen. There are many ups and downs throughout the movie. At one
point of time, we feel that Dhammu
is a movie made only for NTR and mainly to give an idea to the people, about
his political entry. Dialogues at the beginning of the movie and mainly in the
climax clearly sound so. There is nothing special in both of
the halves of the movie.
This movie is made keeping the fans and masses
in mind. Commercially it may be successful, but content wise it is weak.
The film makers could have taken more care in
order to make it a better product.
Bottom Line: Dhammu
is just an average film. Watch it for NTR's
performance and songs.
Weekend Creations' Rating: 2.75/5