Movie : Appatlo Okadundevadu
Direction: Sagar K Chandra
Behind the Screens
Nara Rohit despite his dubious track record is known for unearthing some serious and innovative subjects. He once again came up with a critical and interesting subject with Appatlo Okadundevadu. He had pinned high hopes on this film to attain the all-important critical success. Let us see how the movie released today, fared with the audience.
His Parents and Cricket is all in life for Railway Raju (Sree Vishnu) and he lives the dream of becoming a star cricketer with the support of his coach. There is Nitya (Taniya Hope), the love of Railway Raju. And on the other side, there is Imtiaz (Nara Rohit), the encounter specialist who loses his parents in a naxal attack and Raju believes in going to any extent to wipe out Naxallism. Imtiaz comes hounding on Raju after an unexpected event in the latter’s life suspecting of having links with Naxallites. What happens next in the story forms the rest.
Appatlo Okadundevadu is a perfect example of a film which gives importance of the story over the cast. Nara Rohit despite being a bigger star in the film took the back seat and Sree Vishnu plays a major part. Nara Rohit looked chubby in this film as well but then it is not that hindrance for the role. His baritone voice once again is the major attraction. Sree Vishnu came up with a good performance with excellent emotions. Taniya Hope is a disappointment. Ajay and Rajiv Kanakala are seen in little roles. Brahmaji was seen in a full length role and performed very well.
The audience will connect to the agony of Raju and the second half particularly from the pre-climax sequences works very well and gives that good feel for the audience while they leave the theaters.
Appatlo Okadundevadu is set in the backdrop of Hyderabad in 1992-96. The director Sagar K Chandra portrayed the effect of Naxallism in the life of a young man for no fault of his. But there is no long and boring lectures which is usually the case with such films and it is just about emotions. Nara Rohit is seen as a honest police officer who focus on the mission rather than the path to be travelled while Sree Vishnu showcases the ordinary middle class youth who runs in trouble for no fault of his. Unnecessary songs, some dragging scenes and slowed the pace at some points but then they are not threatening.
The director Sagar K Chandra excelled with good story, screenplay and direction. The movie is a serious subject to have songs. Sai Karthik came up with a lack lustre album and they come as speed brakers. The back ground score however adds so much of value to the film and elevated the scenes. All the dialogues are written naturally with out forcing anything or adding any lectures. Production Values are appropriate.
Good and Honest Attempt
Cast: Nara Rohit, Sree Vishnu, Taniya Hope, Ajay, Brahmaji, Rajiv Kanakala and Others
Writing and Direction: Sagar K Chandra
Producers: Prashanti and Krishna Vijay
Production House: Aran Media Works
Music: Sai Karthik
Cinematographer: Naveen Yadav
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release Date: 30th December 2016