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Shankara Movie Review & Ratings

By - October 21, 2016 - 05:52 PM IST

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Cast: Nara Rohit, Regina Cassandra, Rajeev Kanakala,John Vijay, Ahuti Prasad & MS Narayana
Banner: Sri Leela Movies
Music: Sai Karthik
Cinematography: Surender Reddy
Producer:R V Chandramouli Prasad
Director: Thatineni Satya Prakash

Tagline: Good Story, Failed in Delivering! 

Plot:

Shankara (Nara Rohit) is a sincere student who doesn’t stay put if he witnesses any injustice around.  He has social responsibility as well. Shankara falls for his relative Ananya (Regina) and he confronts the ACP (John Ajay) during a clash between students and the former. This scam worth crores of rupees has the involvement of ACP along with fewer police officers. The evidence proving their guilt is in the hands of a prostitute. She plans to expose the evidence and get all the money for herself but gets murdered in mysterious circumstances. The evidence of that murder comes into the hands of Shankara. Just when he plans to study the evidence, he is taken away by the police and plan to encounter him in a deserted place. Shankara escapes from the place and what happens next? What is the evidence which he got hold of? How did Shankara teach a lesson to this corrupt ACP and the group- forms the rest of the plot?

Performances:

Nara Rohit: The film doesn’t add any value to him much and more than the positives, the negatives are reflected badly. Because it was shot long back, he looked fit and slim.

Regina: She looked quite dull and the role she got doesn’t have much scope either. However, she did justice to her screen presence.

Rajeev Kanakala: He scores the maximum marks out of all the actors but his characterization is confusing.

John Vijay: His role follows the age old principle that a villain needs to be sadistic. A known face would have done more justice to the role.

MS Narayana, Ahuti Prasad: Because the film released late, these two late actors graced the silver screen.
 
Analysis:

This is the remake of Tamil film Mouna Guru and the director worked on being truthful to the original. He made only little changes to the main story. He took lot of time to get into the actual story. He wrote additional scenes to increase the star image of Shankara’s character. Scenes like rescuing kid in trouble, college anniversary speech are some of the examples for this. Scenes like this make the film look like an art movie. The film gets pace after the ACP’s scam episode. But as those scenes have no link to hero’s story- they become like a test for patience.

Even the interval bang doesn’t reveal the actual issue of the hero.  The audiences have to wait till the pre climax to understand what exactly happens. But the reason why the hero is targeted is easily evident in the second half and the need for watching the film becomes paled down. The film progresses on a serious note and the songs act like speed breakers for it. Even the comedy relief does less help for the flick. Rajeev Kanakala’s role and villain role were quite odd and doesn’t fit to the storyline. The kidnap drama in the climax makes the film even more routine.

Merits:

- Thrilling story
- Rajeev Kanakala acting
 
De-Merits:

- No proper storyline
- Unnecessary heroic scenes
- Poor Second Half

Technical Aspects:

Sai Karthik’s music isn’t that worth remembering and the background score is quite mediocre. The budget for the film is quite minimal and it is reflected throughout. Dialogues are poor and direction doesn’t have any particular stamp. Despite having a super hit story in hand, the makers couldn’t deliver a good remake.

Verdict:

Just by getting a good story the task isn’t done. One needs to blend it well for the likings of Telugu audience. Shankara is a classic example of this fact.