'Roudram' is an angry young man aura type of film that ideally should've been better than it actually was.
1 out of 5 (Poor)
| Haricharan Pudipeddi (NOWRUNNING)
Jiiva still seems to be vegetating in the tremendous success of 'Rangam' while his next two films including 'Roudram' bombed disastrously at the box-office. 'Roudram' is a sheer reminder of the carelessness of a star who is blinded by the success of his previous film and therefore fails to pick a better film henceforth.
'Roudram' as a film does 100% justice to the title; the extra dose of violence is something to look forward to, provided you're not light-hearted. Jiiva plays Shiva in the film. I wonder if the name Shiva has anything to do with violence. Since long, I don't know how long, all characters in films named Shiva have turned out to be violent, justice-longing souls, who wouldn't spare wrongdoers.
Jiiva aka Shiva never bows down against injustice. Inheriting the best quality from his grandfather; to always stand up against injustice and fight till last breath, the film narrates the story of an ordinary man who takes control of things that according to him are not happening rightly. Shriya Saran falls for Shiva's courageous attitude and assists him in his struggle for righteousness. However, when the actual villain gets freed from prison, the story takes an unimaginable twist. What follows forms the climax.
The story is way too easy to predict and therefore fails engage the audience throughout. What is so disappointing is the fact that our filmmakers still resist to change and go beyond usual style of storytelling. I agree the probability of a quality cinema becoming a commercial success is relatively low but only if someone attempts something new we'd know the result.
There is a needless track involving Prakash Raj and Jiiva just to show that the latter has inherited some aggressive qualities from his grandfather and is in total contrast to the obedient and meek parents. Jiiva's performance is passable, nothing extraordinary. However, one should appreciate the fact that he is one actor who at least tries to experiment with myriad roles. Shriya as Jiiva's love interest pours oomph factor in to the film that makes everybody go gaga. Undoubtedly, she is one among the sexiest heroines in south film industry but the question to be asked here is how good is her acting skills.
Direction should have been definitely better, if not pathetic. Films such as these give one the feeling that the industry lacks good, matured filmmakers. Cinematography is bland, as though the cinematographer was least bothered to add any flavour to the film. Music is below average and not worth talking.
In one line; Roudram is a completely wasted effort.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)
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1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
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