Bullet Raja is a small time conman who gets killed by a powerful goon Harbour Raju for falling in love with his fiancee, Shwetha (Taapsee Pannu). Raja goes to Yamalokam and realizes more...
Bullet Raja is a small time conman who gets killed by a powerful goon Harbour Raju for falling in love with his fiancee, Shwetha (Taapsee Pannu). Raja goes to Yamalokam and realizes that his life was snubbed before his time. So his soul is rehabilitated into a lookalike's body. Can he come back and win his love?
We expect a certain amount of craziness from a Ravi Teja film and it is remarkable how "Daruvu" manages to push the envelope even further. We'll the madness starts with the names of the characters, so to speak off. Ravi Teja plays a small time crook Bullet Raja. Kahaja (Vennela Kishore) is his-partner-in-crime who doubles up as his crony. Then there is Brahmandam who plays a rather dainty dance master, Vidya Balan, and he has an assistant named Nithya Menon!
Our man Bullet Raja falls head over heels in love with Shwetha (Taapsee Pannu). But there is a slight problem. It turns out that she is on the verge of getting engaged to Harbour Babu, a vicious goon. But our man wastes no time and confesses his love for her minutes before her engagement ceremony and even mouths a few cheesy one liners at her seething fiancee. An enraged Harbor Babu kills him in retaliation.
Bullet Raja goes to Yamalokam (the house of the lord of death Yama) only to realize that his life was terminated due to an oversight by the record-keeper Chitragupta and all hell breaks loose. A hapless Yama decides to rehabilitate his soul into that of a corrupt Home Minister Ravinder, who looks exactly like him. We have had many movies in the past which have a similar plot, so the filmmakers were really banking on Ravi Teja's histrionics to save the day. Unfortunately, this time around they don't work.
Ravi Teja delivers a typically hyperactive performance full of trademark mannerisms and over the top dialogue delivery and expressions. However, it's a performance that's more tacky than whistle-worthy. We have seen him do this a lot in the past and have come to out-do himself every time. This time it just didn't come off.
Taapsee Pannu has a great smile and she uses it to good effect, for the role really doesn't demand anything else from her. She plays the eye-candy pretty well. Brahmanandam manages to evoke a few chuckles with his dancing act. In fact, he has more screen time than Taapsee. But the jokes aren't exactly top notch. Saving a few episodes between Ravi Teja and Brahmanandam, there is hardly anything much really funny. Vennela Kishore is his usual loud self, he even makes an appearance in a sari in one comic episode. It's a leave-nothing-to-the-imagination brand of humor which doesn't cut much ice.
As far as the narrative goes, well there isn't any. Seems like the operating principle is "more the merrier". The director tried to pack in as much masala and it does come together in bits in the second half, however it might have come a little too late in the day. The editing is very slipshod so is the cinematography. The computer generated graphics work in the movie is pretty ordinary as well. The music is peppy alright, but the background score is a little too loud and leaves you with a not so good feeling.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
take yamudu ki mogudu of chiranjeevi replace second half with a slightly changed story and you have Dharuvu. Nothing new in the comedy or in the acting of Raviteja except the part played as home minister with negative shades. Clearly show tapsee cannot act the only expression she gives is shock which every time hero has to tell.
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