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Pandurangadu Movie Review  

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Pandurangadu Movie Review
  Movie Review : Pandurangadu
Rating : 3.25 / 5
Banner : R K Films
Cast : Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu, K Viswanath, Mohan Babu, Archana, Balaiah, Sunil, L B Sriram, Suhasini, Sana, Dharmavarapu, Ali, Ananth, Meghna Nadiu, Suhasini, Sivaparvathi, Apoorva, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, YVijaya and Others
Art : Bhaskara Raju
Cinematography : Jayaram
Dialogues : JK Bharavi
Editing : Srikar Prasad
Music : M M Keeravani
Producer: K Krishna Mohan
Director: K Raghavendra Rao
Released Date: May 30, 2008
Pandurangadu Tollywood Movie Review

Story:
A divine treat, the story begins with the happy go lucky Pundareeka Ranganath (Balakrishna) who turns out to be a spoilt brat of one of the most respected village heads (K Viswanath). Though the family is a very conventional and respected folk, Pundari is one man who is quite the contrast and goes around womanizing almost every girl in the locality. This becomes a major headache for the family but they are helpless as he does not listen to anyone in the house. In comes a dancer from a far away place who goes by the name of Amrutha (Tabu) and Pundari falls head over heels for her. On the other hand, there is a well respected elder (Balaiah) who are staunch devotees of lord Krishna, among them is their daughter Lakshmi (Sneha) who believes in nothing but service to Lord Krishna. All this is being watched by the lord from above and soon he decides to bring about a change in the whole story. He comes in Lakshmi's dream and asks her to marry Pundari, she takes it as a divine command and after a great perseverance and patience finally manages to marry him. However, his nature does not change much until divine intervention happens but not before Pundari has to forego his family before the truth enlightens on him. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.

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Presentation:
The director has come up with a divine subject and though the narration was a bit shaky his presentation kind of summed up for the message. The film's life and soul is the excellent background score and some really mesmerizing songs along with some smart camerawork and visual effects. The editing could have been better and the script would have made an impact if it had more velocity. The sets were well made and the costumes were grand which depicted the era aptly. Balakrishna has come out with an excellent performance and scenes where he was Lord Krishna reminded many of the great NTR, the transition from a play boy to a totally devoted bhakt was well emoted by him. Sneha was the perfect match as the devoted disciple of the god and an obedient housewife. Tabu provided enough glamour as the woman trading her flesh for wealth and her role was well done. The comedy track involving Sunil, Dharmavarapu and other comedians was not convincing. Mohan Babu came out with a superb performance though his role was brief. The others did their roles with the required standards.

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Conclusion:
The movie was meant to be a divine subject so it would have made more impact had the film makers given that angle more gravity. The first half revolves totally around the escapades of the protagonist and the dialogues looked like they written to appeal the mass audience. Even the second half continued a bit of eroticism before the actual subject came into picture, things changed a lot after the entry of Mohan Babu and the film carries a good momentum after that. The film could have been a lot better if there was equal balance between the divine elements and the sensuality aspects. Even the comedy track was ignored despite an efficient cast that could have brought mileage for the film. However, the makers must be appreciated for a bold attempt to come up with such a subject in this modern age. Perhaps a little more of groundwork and depth would have made it a masterpiece.

Bharatstudent verdict: Can be watched once...


 

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