Ram's latest film Kandhireega is miles away from calling itself a successful entertainer. Neither is this film as entertaining as "Ready" nor as interesting as "Devdas". Kandhireega fails to innovate with script and attempts to retell a story that has been told a million times. But what keeps this two and a half hours plus film alive is the way it's been narrated. The director deserves special appreciation for that but nothing more than that.
Seenu (Ram), a happy-go-lucky guy falls head over heels for Shruti (Hansika) and learns that she is desired by a thug named Bhavani (Sonu Sood). When confronted, Bhavani instead of pulling a fight with Seenu throws a challenge at him thus giving him an opportunity to actually win Shruti's love. But, Seenu is unaware of a much bigger problem he is going to welcome in his life in the form of Rajanna (Jayaprakash Reddy), whose daughter Sandhya crazily loves Seenu and wants to marry him. Whom does Seenu actually end up marrying at the end and how does he take care of Bhavani and Rajanna forms the rest of the story.
Triangular love story, if I can call this is very common in Tollywood and Kandhireega is no different in that category. It falls flat like several others films of the past which had story along similar lines. Had only Kandhireega was little creative like Arya (one among the several films that revolved around triangular love story and demonstrating complete entertainment), it would have received better reception.
The first half of the film didn't quite create any enthusiasm. But, it was the second half that made the audience go on their feet and applaud. Introduction of second love story in the form Sandhya, created lot of curiosity and brought forth the much needed twist to the film. Thus ensuring audiences remained glued to their seats and not walk out mid-way out of disappointment. Scenes and characters also didn't create much excitement as they painted lot of similarity to characters much common in films of late. But, this similarity actually proved worthwhile, especially when Ram is portrayed as intelligent as Chandu from Ready, who uses his brain than resorting to action.
Ram as Seenu was completely entertaining. His energy, commitment and dedication are clearly reflected on-screen through his performance. Thanks to his brilliant performance in Ready few years back, he still carries the aura that is visible in this film. Hansika looks like a bean bag but cute at the same time. Her role had shades of abhorrence initially which later gets transformed into love and extreme liking for Seenu. If she doesn't take immediate steps to control her rapidly growing body, she may soon become extinct like actresses such as Namitha, Rambha and many more who are now busy only shedding clothes and dancing for item numbers.
Sonu Sood is a good example of modern day villain, who unlike villains of the past does not believe in bloodshed but in bravery and testing the capability of his opponent. His character was brilliant and very much suitable to the film. Rest of the cast also did their part to their best potential.
Comedy served as a very important factor in this film's success. Not as hilarious and rib-tickling as Ready; Kandhireega has its share of comedy that makes you laugh and forget few major flaws in the film. In short, comedy here serves as an element that was cleverly administered to overshadow certain grey scars in the film.
Technically, Kandhireega once again falls short of excellence or even mere appreciation. Debutant director Srinivas couldn't recreate the brilliance of Ready. He needs to sit back and ponder over blunders that he committed in this film. But, he certainly deserves appreciation for showcasing a full-length commercial film with a sense of panache. Cinematography by Andrew needs lot of homework. Not only did they appear artificial but monotonous at the same time. Music by Thaman was also a letdown, especially after scoring success with films such as Kick and Mirapakaya.
Kandhireega isn't just for the masses but for an entire family.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(2.5 / 5) : Above Average