Sarrainodu - Movie Review

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 15:30
Sarrainodu (2016)
Cast & Crew: 

Film: Sarrainodu
Cast: Allu Arjun, Rakul Preet Singh, Catherine Tresa, Srikanth, Aadi Pinishetty, Jayaprakash Reddy, Saikumar, Surekhavani, LB Sriram, JP, Vidyu, Devadarishini, Anjali (item song) and others
Dialogues: Diamond Rathnam
Music: Thaman SS
Cinematography: Rishi Punjabi
Editor: Kotagiri Venkteshwara Rao
Art: Saahi Suresh
Production designer: Rajivan
Action: Ram - Laxman, Ravi Varma, Kicha, Venkat
Producer: Allu Aravind
Story, Screenplay and directed by: Boyapati Sreenu
Release Date: April 22, 2016
CBFC Rating: UA
Runtime: 159 min

What’s it about!
Chief Minister’s son Vairam Dhanush (Aadi Pinishetty) eyes on agriculture lands for a pipeline project. When farmers deny handing over their lands, he wages a war on them. He is ruthless guy, he does all kind of illegal activities and even top IAS and IPS officers also fear him. On the other hand, Ghana (Allu Arjun)’s dad is a Chief Secretary. Ghana cannot tolerate wrong or wrong doers. He bashes the pulp out of them. Ghana falls in love with local MLA Hanshita Reddy (Catherine Tresa). After initial rejections, Hanshita succumbs to Ghana’s love. To marry her Ghana has to fulfill a condition. At the Pedamma temple in Hyderabad Ghana has to swear that he will not involve in any scuffle or beat anyone.

When Ghana is ready to take the oath, enters Jaanu (Rakul). The rowdies of Dhanush are behind her and she seeks Ghana’s help to protect her. Who is She? What happens to Ghana’s oath? Will Ghana keep his promise to Hanshitha of not involving in any scuffle? How does Dhanush involve all this?
Boyapati has created a mark of his own with his movies. So far, he has directed only mass entertainers with full of action sequences. 'Sarrainodu', his latest film which was touted as “Oora Mass movie”, also treads on the same template of screenplay he has mastered. Unlike few of his earlier hit movies, this has not come out well even if we see within his regular framework of script.
The movie begins with the introduction of a villain who is son of a Chief Minister who controls all matters in the state. Not only that he also humiliates state's DGP and IAS officers. It is hard to believe in today's times that top rank officers fearing a CM's son when he openly does criminal acts and media doesn't report it. This kind of sequences would have worked some years ago but not today.
Then we are introduced to Allu Arjun who wants to set things right as the  system is not working properly. This is typical mass hero characterization but what makes the difference is the energetic portrayal by Allu Arjun. The conflict is between Chief Minister's son who is after lands of a village and a Chief Secretary's son the hero who by accident involves with a person belonging to the village. So the rivalry is established in the very beginning. By end of the interval, the main story is established. So the second half has no meat. Even writer-director Boyapati's screenplay doesn’t come to the rescue here.
The movie's plot is old and also it is full of illogical sequences.

The love story between Allu Arjun and Catherine is different. Perhaps this is the first time that a hero falls for an young female MLA. This part is novel though it requires a better dealing. The other part that has worked are the conversational scene between Catherine and Annapurna. Which is hilarious. Second half Allu Arjun who is known as stylish star is presented as a mass hero and he has given his best shot. In pre-interval sequence when he is trying to save the LB Sriram's character, he comes up with best expressions and performance. He has also played to the gallery perfectly. He also built up his body to look as a person with a military backdrop. His show all the way.

Of the two heroines, it is Catherine who steals the show. She has that required headstrongness for the role and has looked beautiful. Rakul's character lacks depth. So she has no scope to perform. Srikanth is okay as uncle of Allu Arjun. JP, Suman, Jayaprakash and others have done their parts well. Brahmanandam's comedy sequence in the hospital has worked out. Vidyu's sambar jokes are irritating.

Best output has come from technicians with Rishi Punjabi topping with his class camera work. Though mostly it is filmed in studio environment, he has given best visuals. Thaman's songs are good to hear as well as on screen. The pick of the lot are "Telusa Telusa" and "Blockbuster". The scenic beauty of Bolivia in "Telusa Telusa" song is terrific. Dialogues by Diamond Rathnam are average. So are the editing and action sequences.
As writer and director Boyapati Sreenu has delivered routine output. His writing and narration lacks novelty.

Bottom-line: In Boyapati’s beaten-to-death storyline, Allu Arjun’s energetic act and coupe of Thaman’s songs are the saving grace. 'Sarrainodu' is targeted for mass audiences.

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