Release Date: May 04, 2018
Starring: Allu Arjun, Anu Emmanuel, Sarathkumar, Arjun Sarja
Director: Vakkantham Vamsi
Producers: Sridhar Lagadapati, Nagendra Babu, Sirisha Lagadapati
Music Directors: Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematographer:: Rajeev Ravi
Naa Peru Surya which released on Friday marks the directorial debut of writer Vakkantham Vamsi and stars Allu Arjun and Anu Emmanuel in lead roles. Let’s see how the movie has turned out.
The movie revolves around a short-tempered soldier named Surya(Allu Arjun), whose ultimate aim is to be deployed on the border. However, his anger issues land him in trouble as Colonel Sanjay Srivasthav(Boman Irani) decides to oust Surya from the army. Surya’s godfather(Rao Ramesh) convinces Colonel Sanjay to give Surya one last chance to redeem himself. Will Colonel conceed to the request? Will Surya get back into the army and realise his dream?
Allu Arjun is really impressive as a soldier and totally nails the scenes where his anger kicks in. It is one of his finest performances and the variation he showed in the second half deserves equal praise. Anu Emmanuel doesn’t have much to do in the movie apart from adding some glamour coefficient.
Arjun who plays a psychologist is shown in a different avatar which was refreshing, however, it felt that some detailing was missing in his character. Boman Irani is apt as a colonel, Rao Ramesh doesn’t have much to do as is the case with Nadia. Sharath Kumar plays the baddie and has a good scene or two, but again the writing here is not upto the mark.
The movie starts with a bang and the first 15 mins are really gripping. The concept looks fresh and you will be hyped for what’s coming, but as the first half progresses the impact drops. Interval block is decent. The second half starts slowly and only really picks up the pace as we approach the end and the climax throws up a surprise, as the director steers away from the regular template. The patriotism aspect in the final act is impressive and deserves credit.
The concept is really interesting and one that is hardly seen in Tollywood. Vakkantham Vamsi’s intentions are credit-worthy, however, the problem is the way it is handled as the implementation is awry. He tries to address too many issues, which results in a clumsy final third. The movie isn’t bad by any sense of imagination. The sad thing is it started off as a coming-of-age cinema but the impact diluted with too many commercial elements and mediocre filmmaking.
The production values are top notch and richness is seen in every shot. Fight masters Ram-Lakshman have nailed the fights and all of them have elicited an uproar in the theater. The music from Vishal-Shekhar is mediocre, but the Background music is comparatively better.
Cinematographer Rajeev Ravi succeeded in portraying the hilly terrains to perfection and the movie looks colorful and vibrant. Editing should have been better, as some of the sequences are totally unnecessary.
- Allu Arjun’s performance
- Concept(soldiers and patriotism)
- Screenplay and Direction
- Slow Second Half