'Renigunta' may appeal one set of the audiences but fails to impress a whole lot of them. The film will only work for people who appreciate good cinema and not those who seek entertainment.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
Occasionally in Tollywood, there comes films that will you leave in awe. The problem with these films is that neither do you understand the emotion behind them nor do you want to take the effort to understand. So, in a way all that these types of films manage to garner is few awards or some critical acclaim but fail to be a commercial hit.
The story chronicles the lives of five youth who escape from prison and become vindictive and barbarous killers who'd do anything for money. Johnny's parents are killed right in front of his eyes and as a kid attempts to seek revenge and is handed over to the police. Each of these five youngsters has a story to share but Johnny's life forms the crux of the story. These five young youth are locked up and treated miserably in the prison, and it is because of the treatment, they go on to become hardcore criminals.
The film can be easily trashed away due to too much of violence but what keeps everybody hooked on to their seats is the sheer treatment of the story. Although you connect with the protagonist quest for revenge, you all get lost in between the haplessness and the trauma the characters go through.
The film also subtly highlights the fact what happens to people like Johnny whose bright future has been sabotaged by a mindless act of one man. Such unfortunate events only make way to youngster Johnny to pick up a weapon to settle scores. These are similar reasons that actually give birth to numerous stories of revenge in this country.
The film manages to bring forth extreme rivalry between Johnny and the person responsible for the death of his parents, but at the same time also adds humor through scenes such as the one where the youngsters beat up a ticket collector officer in a train or when these youngsters attempt to woo girls in the temple. These scenes bring forth the innocence within the characters that is concealed by vengeance.
Direction by Paneer Selvam deserves special mention as he brilliantly depicted a story that is so close to heart. However, he can also be blamed for for keeping the story one-sided and failed to encompass all types of audiences.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Average)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good