In our mainstream Telugu commercial space, it’s the outer appeal that usually changes - the formulae remain the same. Winner proves this popular belief.
This film has everything– an intro fight, a special song by an unusual face, a new villain, a glamorous heroine, a young hero desperately trying to be an all-rounder and the newfound ‘father-son’ sentiment.
If you are well-immune to all the above, then Winner is a cake-walk. However, what saves the film is the engaging first half and its comedy. With a sidekick like Vennela Kishore, Sai Dharam Tej manages to pull off his boring love track (that is full of songs than love). 30yrs Industry Prithvi as ‘Singham Sujatha’ is a blessing in disguise here. On a frank note, the pre-interval segment has a decent twist that keeps you look forward to the second half with a hopeful face. The second half starts collapsing from the word go and Ali (as Horseman Babu alias Peter Heins) steps in as expected. After finishing the balance quota of punch dialogues, songs, the much hyped horse-race (which eventually falls flat) and some over-acting at the climax, we are off for the day recalling nothing but the first half comedy.
- The horse-race backdrop of the plot which was not properly exploited.
- Comedy in the first half.
- Rakul Preet’s glamor
- Uninteresting story, screenplay and treatment.
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