Winner Movie Review, Sai Dharam Tej Winner Movie Review, Winner Telugu Movie Review, Winner Cinema Review, Winner Film Review

Movie: Winner
Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Rakul Preet Singh, Anasuya, Jagapathi Babu, Mukesh Rishi, Vennela Kishore, Anup Thakur Singh, Prudhvi, Ali and others
Story: Veligonda Srinivas
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematography: Chota K Naidu
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Producers: Nallamalupu Srinivas (Bujji) and Tagore Madhu
Screenplay and Direction: Gopichand Malineni
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Release Date: February 24, 2017

Director Gopichand Malineni who always sticks with the commercial template has yet again treaded the same path with Winner. Apart from presenting Sai Dharam Tej in a stylish way, there's nothing noteworthy about the movie. It is just another mindless masala flick that Telugu cinema audience is already fed up with.

Siddharth (Sai Dharam Tej) hates his father (Jagapathi Babu) and horse racing as the latter neglects the former by getting busy with his business. Sid runs away from home and grows up to become a newspaper editor and publisher. He falls in love with Sitara (Rakul), an athlete. While Sitara father forces her to get married against her will, she comes up with a plan where Sid has take up the challenge of turning jockey for the sake of winning his love.

Sai Dharam Tej is presented in a stylish way unlike his previous films. His styling is good and he tries hard to deliver the best for his character. Mega fans will be disappointed as Sai Dharam Tej has not danced to his capability. The choreography is very poor in the songs and they do not excite or entertain you much. Rakul Preeth Singh’s skin show dominated glamour in skimpy costumes and she performs her duties with utmost sincerity. Jagapathi Babu steals the show in his own style in a sober, stylish father role. Mukesh Rushi's villainy is too silly. Thakur looks like an old school villain, all brawn but no brain! Prudhvi, Ali and Vennela Kishore provide a bit of relief with their comedy. Rest of the cast doesn't have much to do except for mouthing the lines written for them.

Winner has top notch production values as the film looks quite grand. Right from the locales to the superb camera work by Chota K Naidu, the film has some very good visuals. Thaman is average but his background score is impressive. Dialogues are decent and so was the styling done to the actors.  Editor does a decent job by keeping the run time short and as said earlier choreography is quite bad.

Gopichand Malineni has proved his capabilities of handling a commercial film. He plays it safe yet again without trying anything new. Screenplay is too predictable and there is nothing that is exciting on the direction front. It is just a lazy job from the experienced director in the name of making a commercial entertainer.

On the whole, There is nothing new that you have not seen before in Winner but Tej’s standout performance and some good comedy make this film an okay watch. For 'A' center audience, this movie is hard to gulp. So, Box Office result totally depends on how 'B' and 'C' centers adore.
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