Cast: Ravi Teja, Tamannah, Raashi Khanna, Boman Irani, Rao Ramesh, Prudhvi, Pavitra, Shyamala and Prabha
Director: Sampath Nandi
Rating: 3 stars
After the flop of Kick 2 Ravi Teja has teamed up with director Sampath Nandi for Bengal Tiger, a typical masala flick with Tamannah and Raashi Khanna as the female leads. Akash Narayan (Ravi Teja) is a middle-class man living in a village called Athreyapuram. A bit of a loafer, he spends most of his time roaming with his friends. When he visits a nearby village for an alliance, the girl (Aksha) rejects him as she wants a popular person as her husband. Akash returns and decides to take a short-cut to fame — a stone thrown at a minister (Sayaji Shinde). He is arrested, but the minister is surprised when he learns the truth and hires Akash as his assistant.
Akash comes to the notice of the home minister (Rao Ramesh) who employs him as his daughter Shraddha’s (Raashi Khanna) bodyguard. Shraddha is engaged to Harsha (Harshavardhan Rane) but cancels the marriage and tells her father that she likes Akash. The home minister announces the same, but to everyone’s surprise Akash rejects her and says he is in love with CM Ashok Gajapathi’s daughter Meera (Tamannah). The story unfolds from there.
Director Sampath Nandi has chosen a safe commercial path for Bengal Tiger like his Rachcha — a revenge drama told in an entertaining manner. He has used Ravi Teja’s body language cleverly and has written the dialogues to suit the star. He has also shown the two female leads very glamorously. He has also used comedy well and has not wasted comedian Prudhvi. When it comes to performance, it is Ravi Teja all the way. Another highlight of the film is Prudhvi. His spoofs on Pawan Kalyan’s Attarintiki Daaredi are hilarious. Boman Irani has given a decent performance as the bad man while Rao Ramesh once again proves why he is a bankable star. He has done a very good job as the home minister and his Rayala-seema accent is impressive. Posani Krishna Murali too evokes a few laughs.
Between the two female leads, Raashi Khanna steals the show over Tamannah. Both look glamorous though their characters are mostly limited to songs and a few scenes. Technically, the movie looks good thanks to cinematographer Sounder Rajan. Bheems has provided some good music. The dialogues have also been provided by Sampath Nandi, but some of them praise Pawan Kalyan a bit too much.
The second half of the film, however, drags a bit. It’s like watching a different film in the second half with most of the actors like Rao Ramesh, Sayaji and Prudhvi not being there. Also, the story is predictable and the climax is not very interesting. However, compared to Ravi Teja’s earlier film, Bengal Tiger is far more entertaining and is a good comeback for the actor. Prudhvi proves that he is a good alternative to Brahmanandam. It’s a regular paisa vasool film with the right dose of masala and glamour.
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