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Writing and Direction: Ganeshaa
Behind the Scenes:
Tamil Hero Vijay Antony bagged a massive blockbuster in Telugu with Bichagadu. But his subsequent films in Telugu bombed big time and he has pinned all his hopes on his next film, Roshagadu in which he plays a sincere and upright police officer. But the film is releasing in a huge competition. Let us see how Roshagadu is received by the audience:
Kumara Swami (Vijay Antony) is a sincere and upright police officer who goes to any extent to help the society. He grows step by step in his profession and finally gets promoted as an Inspector. At the area of his charge, he notices that Babji ( Sai Deena), a goon who conducts crime through juveniles since they are beyond the ambit of judicial punishment. Rest of the story is all about how Kumara Swami deals with him and bring a change in the people there.
Vijay Antony delivers a settled performance as a responsible police officer. Even though he plays a sincere police, he does everything about commercial hero flexing muscles on criminals, falling in love with the heroine etc. Nivetha Pethuraj is glamorous in a cop avatar and did a decent job in the limited role she is offered. Dheena is superb as the villain. His getup and rugged look as a criminally minded goon are apt for the film. The Telugu dubbing also worked big time for him.
Director Ganeshaa picked up a routine Cop Drama but laced it with a social message. But then he failed the film without a gripping narration and several logicless scenes with exaggerated action. Music by Vijay Antony himself is a big disappointment. Neither the songs or the background score did any service to the film. The camera work suits the mood of the film and is decent. Editing has been disappointing. A good portion of the film around 15 minutes can be easily chopped off. Production Values are appropriate.
Roshagadu has a decent subject and is a story capable of embedding commercial elements. The director is quickly into the story but from then, the story suffers predictability at every corner. It is further boring as the hero gets to lecture every now and then. The Villain is introduced just before the interval. The fight between the protagonist and the antagonist sets the stage for the second half. Even though there are a couple of engaging moments in the second half, it largely tests one’s patience with too many logical loopholes and slow pace. Finally, Roshagadu is another disappointment from Vijay Antony.
Roshagadu: Boring Cop Drama
Cast: Vijay Antony, Nivetha Pethuraj, Sai Dheena, and Others
DOP: Richard Nathan
Music: Vijay Antony
Editor: Vijay Antony
Producer: Fatima Vijay Antony
Banner: Sri Sri Laxmi Heramaba Production and Vijay Antony Film Corporation
Release Date: 16th November 2018