Cast: Shivarajkumar, Kiccha Sudeep, Amy Jackson, Saranya Ponvannan, Kuri Pratap, Meka Srikanth, Tilak, Mithun Chakraborty, Jai Jagadeesh
Right from the word go ever since this movie was announced with two biggest stars of sandalwood coming together for the first time, it was always about them. So is the case after its release too. Apart from the die hard fans of the two star actors, the film offers very little for the rest.
A modernised adaptation of epic tale Ramayana, the epicentre of the movie revolves around good against the bad with a tweaked version in the end.
Following huge expectations for obvious reasons, one of the two stars had recently urged his fans to watch it purely as a movie, and to restrain themselves from comparing the performances of the two. When applied the same yardstick, the two actually turn out to be the heroes and the only saving grace of this commercial saga. The rest of it is actually its own villain!
The maker has tried his best to make it look on par with international standards but misses big on various other components which is crucial for any movie - a sensible content which is acceptable to some extent.
Even after giving the benefit of handling the screen presence of the two star actors and the logics, the script limits itself to highlighting the main characters and the chase game they are involved in it.
On the tale part, it opens up to a mother advising her son to imbibe the qualities of Rama. However, the father is of a different opinion that in order survive in this modern world, one needs to adopt Ravana's qualities too. He soon becomes orphan and what qualities he eventually takes on, is soon revealed.
It is Shivarajkumar who first makes his grand entry with a wig similar to samurai haircut. First the dance, then the chase and a bit of glamour leads to the other most expected character played by Kiccha Sudeep. Amy Jackson is nothing beyond the glamour quotient, and Chakraborty is limited to a couple of scenes.
Then, it is the turn of Sudeep to shine on for a while before he gets chased. Dialogues and counter dialogues keeps the fans happy while the story drags on and on for almost three hours.
The digitally generated scenes and the chase sequences are disappointing. There are only two comedy scenes which evokes some kind of humour but they spiced up by innuendo.
A must for the fans, as it is a perfect treat for them on Dasara. And, insofar as others, especially those who are curious about it can survive the tale but be prepared for the drag and the humps which might spoil the fun of watching it....