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Movie: Katamarayudu
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Ali, Prudhvi, Nasser, Siva Balaji, Ajay, Chaitanya Krishna, Rao Ramesh
Music: Anup Rubens
Cinematographer: Prasad Murella
Art: Brahma Kadali
Fights: Ram Lakshman
Producer: Sharrath Marar
Director: Kishore Kumar Pardasani (Dolly)
Banner: Northstar Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Release Date: March 24, 2017

After delivering a flop last year with 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh', Pawan seems to be very determined to redeem himself at the box office this time as he has played very safe in making his latest film 'Katamarayudu', which is a remake of Tamil hit 'Veeram' that also got dubbed into Telugu as 'Veerudokkade'. Director of Telugu version, Kishore Kumar Pardasani aka Dolly, has tried to remain honest to the original film and has, in fact, borrowed a few heroic shots from the Tamil version. Yet, 'Katamarayudu' has been making waves with so great buzz.

In a Rayalaseema village, Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan) and his four brothers (Shiva Balaji, Chaitanya Krishna, Ajay and Kamal Kamaraju) live a happy life. A strict and serious Rayudu does not marry as he feels that if a girl enters his family, there would be problems between him and his brothers. So, he keeps his house away from the reach of girls. As all the brothers are secretly in love with their girlfriends, they sketch a plan to make bachelor Rayudu fall in love. By chance, they run into Avanthika (Shruti Haasan) and she becomes their target. So eventually Avanthika falls in love with Katamarayudu. Soon Katamarayudu finds out that she and her family are in danger. What does he have to do with Avantika’s family? How does Rayudu save everyone? That forms the rest of the story.

Pawan Kalyan is a delight to watch in the title role. He has showcased two shades - a violent Katamrayudu and a loveable person. In both shades of the character, he has given his best but he is in better in the getup of a violent person. Right from Pawan’s traditional look to his dialogues, the star hero does full justice and impresses in an author backed role. Shruti Hassan carries off her village belle avatar decently. She should also take care of her face that is lacking sheen. Rao Ramesh as the quirky and sadistic Narsappa is engaging to watch, especially his dialogues with Pradeep Rawat. Shiva Balaji, Chaitanya Krishna, Ajay, Kamal Kamaraju and Ali are fine while Prudhvi failed. Nassar is upright as a retired judge and father of the heroine along with Pavithra Lokesh. Villains Pradeep Rawat and Tarun Arora are wasted. Rest may not need big mention as they don’t make a mark.

The story of the movie has no novelty but has enough elements to make it into an entertaining masala drama. But the director seems to have changed the story a bit and also screenplay of the original movie to suit the image of Pawan Kalyan. After filling the first half with some very entertaining moments, he disappoints during the second half. His screenplay takes a beating during this time as the proceedings are filled with only stylish action sequences. Had he brought a bit more depth in the family emotions, things would have been even better.

A mass-hero movie should have better music, interesting second half, and glamorous heroine. In 'Katamarayudu', all these three are lacking in. Anup Ruben’s music is the biggest disappointment for the film as none of his songs impress one bit and even come as speed breakers in the second half. The camerawork is top notch as the village visuals and Pawan Kalyan are showcased supremely well. Editing is below average as at least two fights in the second half could have been trimmed down. Dialogues are good and suit Pawan’s body language quite well. Although the fight sequences continue to elevate Pawan, the special effects are a bit tardy in a few places, especially in the train fight sequence. The climax too is predictable but Pawan manages to gloss over the few imperfections by his sheer screen presence. Production values of the film are pretty good as Sharad Marar has spent decent money which shows on screen.

On the whole, ‘Katamarayudu’ is one man show with a routine storyline and age-old treatment. But this is a far better movie than Pawan’s last outing ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ and is definitely a treat for Pawan Kalyan fans. Commercially, there is no opposition for ‘Katamarayudu’ in the first week while it's long run is sure a doubt.
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