Katamarayudu Movie Latest Review:
Movie Name: Katamarayudu
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Kamal Kamaraju, Rao Ramesh
Director: Kishore Kumar Pardasani
Release Date: 24 Mar, 2017
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
The film is centered around Katamarayudu, an influential person who defends the weakest sections of society against businessmen. How he triumphs over them and manages his rather complicated relationship with Avanti forms the rest of the story.
If “Pawanism” is a fairly ambiguous term for some, then watching this movie will add clarity to what it actually means, almost. The film cries Pawan Kalyan in every scene and the script resonates with his real world tendency to take care of the common man and their problems. It’s rather stylishly laced with Pawan’s romantic track with Shruti Haasan that provides entertainment value. The film shows why Pawan is one of Tollywood’s biggest stars, and settles doubts about his status, if any.
Located in the hinterland of Rayalaseema, the film depicts Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan), a conscientious and influential person in his village. When a businessman (Pradeep Rawat) comes to ask him for help in smuggling sandalwood, Pawan takes him and his beggars to the cleaners. Clearly miffed, the collusion businessman and plans with Narsappa (Rao Ramesh), a villager who wants to settle an old score with Katamarayudu. Despite all his qualities, Katamarayudu does not lack wife. His four younger brothers (Shiva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju, Ajay and Chaitanya) and Linga (Ali) try to set him up with Avanti (Shruti Hasaan). They plan various attempts to get Avanti to love Katama without her knowledge, and finally she falls for the ‘ultra do-gooder’ version of him that her brothers had sold her. After being initially disgusting about Avanti’s interest in him, Katama finally takes her seriously and tries to serenade her while constantly fighting against other dildos. His fighting with them caused Avanti to lose interest in him. The first half is a winner on most counts. While action sequences show Pawan Kalyan at his best enigmatic, comedy by Ali and the four prove brothers is hilarious; Like the exchanges between Shruti and Pawan. The song locations in Italy are visually staggering and Shruti herself looks beautiful and takes away her beautiful village avatar decently. Rao Ramesh as the eccentric and sadistic Narsappa agrees to watch, especially his dialogues with Pradeep Rawat. The dialogs are clean and the script is clean. The only negative points could be Pawan Kalyan rather bland style in some songs and scenes.
The second half has Katama visiting Avanti’s father, a retired judge (Nassar) who is impressed by the nature of Katama. Meanwhile, another naughty businessman Bhanu (Tarun Arora) has a score to settle with Avanti’s father for imprisoning him for an offense in the past, and Katama comes to his aid on several occasions. And just when things start to look good for Katama, after earning more Avanti yet, he’s killing a goon trying to hurt the family in front of the entire Avanti family. This brings Avanti and her family to despise Katama for her violent activities and there ends the relationship. Bhanu, meanwhile escapes prison and kidnaps Avanti and his family. How Katama comes to their rescue forms the rest of the story.
The scenario in the second half is predictable and the scenario is on the slower side. Some of the song sequences are passable while the music and background score remains decent throughout. The performance of Prudhvi as Avanti’s uncle recalls similar roles of Brahmanandam as he tries to push Pawan’s interest for Avanti, and he does a decent job with him. Although the combat sequences continue to hero raise Pawan, special effects are a bit late in some places especially in the train combat sequence. The climax is also predictable but Pawan manages to overcome the few imperfections by its presence of pure screen.
If you need more than a few laughs and a heavy dose of southern Indian machismo, then this is a must watch.