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Movie: Dwaraka
Cast: Vijay Devarakonda, Pooja Jhaveri, Prakash Raj, Prudhvi, Prabhakar, Surekha Vani, Murali Sharma and others
Dialogues: Lakshmi Bhupal
Music: Sai Karthik
Cinematography: Shyam K Naidu
Editing: Prawin Pudi
Producers: Pradyumna Chandrapati, Ganesh
Screenplay and Direction: Srinivasa Ravindra
Banner: Legend Cinema
Release Date: March 03, 2017

The reason why "Dwaraka" got a huge pre-release buzz is Vijay Devarakonda. His earlier film 'Pelli Choopulu' made him a star to watch out for and this is Vijay Devarakonda’s immediate outing after that film. Directed by debutant MSR and produced on popular banner Super Good Films, let’s see whether the film lived up to the buzz or not and what’s the film is all about.

Erra Seenu (Vijay Devarakonda) is a petty thief. While trying to run away from a robbery, he lands in an apartment... 'Dwaraka'. He hits the luck here, as a pujari (Prudhvi) makes him a baba named Sri Krishnananda Swamy. Though he is acting as Baba on the insistence of Pujari, people start believing him. An evil lawyer and police run a Devasthanam Trust on his name and start milking money from the donations that came from followers of Sri Krishnananda Swamy.

In parallel, Erra Seenu falls in love with beautiful girl Vasudha (Pooja Jhaveri). What are the sacrifices Erra Seenu did to win his love, how an atheist, rationalist Chaitanya (Murali Sharma), Chief Minister (Prakash Raj) helped, how Seenu comes out clean from this fake drama he is engulfed in when the entire issue turns into a major issue... forms rest of the movie.

After the boy next door naturalistic portrayal characters in 'Yevade Subramanyam' and 'Pellichoopulu', this isn’t the cup of tea for Vijay Devarakonda. Though fumbled here are there with diction, he tried to remain sincere throughout. Never again, Vijay should try his hand at mainstream commercial cinema. Pooja Jhaveri is beautiful and indulged in two lip-locks. Murali Sharma is the best bet. Every dialogue spelled by him had loads of valued rationality. Prakash Raj although comes late, his presence is very much justified. Prudhvi as spiritual Guru is an apt selection. Kalakeya Prabhakar is one weak link in antagonism along with police character by Jackie and politician role by Prabhu. From hero’s friends batch Shakalaka Shankar, Sudarshan, and Naveen evoked few laughs. Rest like Uttej and others may not need big mention.

The storyline is not new... some of the Telugu movies have dealt the same concept. But the new director has told it in slow and documentary style.'Dwaraka' tests the patience with its runtime and shows the hell. The scenes never end and the sequences go on slower pace making us feel that we are watching a 3-hour movie. Editing is bad. Shyam K Naidu’s camera work made the film visually rich looking despite production standards are pretty ordinary. He has given best output for a small movie like this. Music by Sai Karthik is very weak. Except for one song, all make you look for a loo break.

On the whole, Dwaraka is a straightforward film with exceptional content but missed spark in execution. The only strength of the film is its comic sequences that are clean and smartly written without having to depend on double-meaning dialogues. In addition to its lengthy runtime... it's old school narration and boring scenes made the film a mere time waste to watch.
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