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Sarrainodu Movie Review & Ratings

By - April 22, 2016 - 12:27 PM IST

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Cast: Allu Arjun, Rakul Preet, Catherine Tresa, Srikanth, Aadhi, Jayaprakash, Sai Kumar, Aadarsh Balakrishna, Devadarshini, Brahmanandam, Anjali
Banner: Geetha Arts
Music: S Thaman
Cinematographer: Rishi Punjabi
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Producer: Allu Aravind
Story-Screenplay-Direction: Boyapati Sreenu

Tagline: Sarrain(ar)oddu

Plot:

Ganaa (Allu Arjun) is a dashing and gutsy young army man (of course voluntarily retired) who can’t stand crime and injustice. He is the apple of the eye of his father Umapathi (Jaya Prakash), Babai Sripathi (Srikanth) and his entire family. While Umapathi fixes Ganaa’s marriage with Jaanu (Rakul Preet), the daughter of his IAS friend Jaya Prakash (Saikumar), Ganaa tries to woo the local MLA Hansitha Reddy (Cathrerine Tresa). Meanwhile, Chief Minister’s son Vyra Dhanush (Aadi) is a powerful and ruthless leader who grabs fertile lands for his vested interests and this exactly what Jaya Prakash fights against. In a series of events, Jaanu’s family is badly affected and Ganaa eventually locks horns with the badass Dhanush. What are the extremities of their war and how did Ganaa win it forms the rest of the story.

Performances:

Allu Arjun: This otherwise vivacious and entertaining actor tried to fit into Boyapati’s vase but somehow ended up with a poor balance. Keeping aside his exceptional dances, Bunny did his best to match the elevation and energy with a different body language and dialogue delivery in an attempt to impress the masses.

Cathrine Tresa: This underrated actress finally managed to bag some significant screen time. She was glamorous and delivered her part well.

Rakul Preet: She plays the role of an emotional village belle and does a fine job. Though Rakul has limited screen presence, you won’t miss her!

Aadi: We know it isn’t as easy as pie to pull off a Boyapati mark adamant, ruthless villain that demands a killing presence, attitude and energy. But Aadi delivers so effortlessly.

Brahmanandam comedy and Vidyullekha Raman’s track with Annapurnamma track work for the film especially in the first half.

Unfortunately exceptional performer like Srikanth is underutilized in the film.

The rest of the cast including Jayaprakash, Kalakeya Prabhakar, Pradeep Rawat, Rajeev Kanakala, LB Sriram, 30yrs industry Prithvi, Sumanand others play their part.

Analysis:

The moment you hear the name Boyapati Srinu, we have few things for granted:

-  A super gutsy and violent hero who isn’t really bored of violence.

-  A super adamant, ruthless villain who wears ego on his sleeve only waiting to be killed by the hero.

-  Loud Scenes, screenplay with an accelerating tempo, exceptional build-up shots and limitless violence.

Check all the above boxes for Sarrainodu has it all. The only difference is that there is actually no robust story. This film has romance, action, comedy, songs and all other commercial stuff but no quintessential thread that connects it.

The film starts on an intense note and then suddenly a social problem sprouts up which the hero takes up. Rightly when you are enjoying a proper hero vs villain hide and seek, an unconvincing love track deviates you (of course the songs contribute to the disturbance). However, the director manages to pull off to the intermission block with some family comedy and engaging drama. A high voltage pre-interval action episode announces the war b/w hero & villain (of course please don’t expect some Legend pre-interval episode) bringing down the curtains.

Brahmanandam comedy and Vidyullekha Raman’s track with Annapurnamma provides the much comic relief in this segment.

Now for the audience who is waiting for an interesting war between the hero & villain, the director rather disappoints with sheer action sequences and bloodshed. Couple of songs adds to the drama and the film conveniently ends (Now logic and reasoning needs to ignore).

Though few scenes remind us of Bhadra & Dammu, Boyapati once again does what he is best at –build ups and scene elevation. This is something which might work for the film but otherwise a strong story and narration would’ve changed the fate of the film big time.

Merits:

- Performances of Allu Arjun, Aadi, Rakul & Jaya Prakash.
- Comedy of Brahmi, Vidyullekha Raman, Annapurnamma
- M Ratnam’s dialogues
- Top-notch Cinematography& Editing
- Art Direction (especially locales in Telusa Telusa were exotic)
- Boyapati’s Narration
- Thaman’s re-recording

De-merits:

- Story and screenplay
- Coerced Songs

Music:

Despite the audio bagging a mixed response, Telusa telusa song and Sarrainodu song have been well picturized. This time Thaman’s haunting background deserves a thumbs up!

Others:

Anjali’s “Blockbuster” song isn’t actually a blockbuster but indeed a so-so song. Bunny’s dances are better than Anjali’s glamor.

Verdict:

Sarrainodu is an attempted mass action entertainer with more buildup shots and less merit in the content.

You might have watched Bhadra and survived Dhammu but you still want to see Stylish Star Allu Arjun (we know you’re a charged up Oora Mass Bunny/Boyapati fan) -the hall is all yours...

He is the Sarrainodu for you!