Movie: Power Play
Cast: Raj Tarun, Hemal, Poorna, Prince, Pooja Ramachandran Others
Screenplay & Direction: Vijay Kumar Konda
Producers: Mahidhar & Devesh
Presented by: Smt Padma
DOP: I Andrew
Music: Suresh Bobbili
Story &Dialogues: Nandhala Ravi
Editor: Prawin Pudi
Fights: Real Satish
Art Director: Shiva
iQlik Movies Rating: 3.5/5
Raj Tarun and director Vijay Kumar Konda are working on a new movie titled Power Play. The film released today. Check out the film's review here.
Raj Tarun plays Vijay, a happy-go-lucky engineering pass out who is in love with (name of the heroine's character). The girl's father doesn't approve of Vijay because he doesn't have a job. But thanks to Vijay's father, who opts to take voluntary retirement to ensure his son gets the job and thereby gets to marry the love of his life, things fall in place beautifully for the couple. So they decide to go out to celebrate at a pub and that's when comes the big twist in the tale. Because of one quirk of fate, Vijay's life is ruined. He loses his job, the girl, and finds himself at loggerheads with the most powerful family in the state. That's when things get interesting as the thrills kick in while Vijay tries to reclaim his life. From here on the proceedings pick up the pace and how.
Raj Tarun deserves a big shoutout for his performance. It's the star act of the film as he effortlessly shifts gears from being a boy next door who lost everything one moment to a man possessed who will not stop at anything to have his way the next. The chutzpah with which he carries of a role that demands an intensity we've never thought he was capable of, is quite remarkable.
Poorna, playing a headstrong daughter of a CM, is the other standout performer. Ajay also showcases a hitherto unseen side to him in the movie. The heroine, Hemal Ingle makes a decent debut, as did Bhoopal, another first-timer. And last but not the least, Kota Srinivasa Rao is in his element playing the wily CM. The casting was spot on and director Vijay Kumar Konda deserves all credit for it.
The camera work by Andrew deserves a special mention for the way in which he weaved all the myriad twists in Vijay's script into an immersive cinema experience. The music by Suresh Bobbili amplifies the suspense and action as does the slick editing by Prawin Pudi.
Raj Tarun and Vijay Kumar Konda are names that have become synonymous with breezy rom coms in Telugu cinema. So to see the duo collaborate on a thriller, a first for both of them at that, does seem like a leap of faith at the outset. Even more so for the producers, considering they are first-timers launching a new banner. Jokes apart, the movie clearly does have all the makings of a bold experiment. The big question though is: Does all the intent and bravado translate into exciting cinema? Well, for the first fifteen minutes or so at least, as the characters are established, it all seems a tad too slow. Except for a few minor errors of logic, this movie hits all the right notes. All in all, this thriller definitely packs a punch. Total paisa vasool!
Few boring scenes
Final Verdict: Power Play is a Paisa Vasool entertainer
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