evaluation: 2.25 / 5
Signboard: Ammar Raja Media
spit: Ashok Gala, Nidhi Agarwal, Jagapati Babu, Naresh, Venila Kishore, Brahmaji, Satya, and others.
a dialogue: AR Tagore and Kalyan Shenkar
Director of Photography: Sameer Reddy and Richard Prasad
a product: padmavathi jala
Written and directed by: Sriram Aditya
release date: January 15 2022
Mahesh Babu’s nephew, Ashok Gala, debuted the song “Hero”, which hit the lounges today.
Let’s find out if this new star has any promise.
Arjun (Ashok Galla) aspires to become a hero in cinema, but fails to pass the exams. One day, his girlfriend Subbu (Nidhhi Agerwal) tells him that his hair is starting to recede and that he needs to become a movie star as soon as possible.
He books hair oil products online, but got a gun instead, due to mixing up the titles. He also receives a picture asking him to kill that person. On the other hand, Subbu’s father (Jagapathi Babu) died due to her relationship with Arjun. All this gets mixed up and turns Arjun’s life upside down.
Ashok Galla begins a role similar to his real life – an aspiring actor. It is specially made for him as it provides an opportunity to introduce himself as an actor from the maternal grandfather family of Superstar Krishna and Mahesh Babu.
Nidhhi Agerwal gets a crude deal. Her role doesn’t have substance, and she doesn’t get much screen time or songs.
Satya, Venila Kishore, and Brahmaji all offer some goofy laughs.
Jagapathi Babu is getting a long-running role, which is quite different from what he has done so far. Ravi Kishan has no effect.
The only thing that can be noted throughout the film is the lavish production values. For a flimsy story, the producer spent a lot of money.
The cinematography of Richard Prasad and Samir Reddy is a valuable addition to the film industry. But the music was not taken care of.
The film contains no songs (except for the number of remixes) in the second half at all. Gibran provided forgotten tunes, but his background is good enough.
Rich production values
Twists and turns
not serious approach
Uninteresting romantic thread
Swinging with a flimsy story
behind the scenes
“Hero,” as the title suggests, is about a wannabe actor. The movie starts out as a comedy, with some interesting sequences.
Ashok Galla was introduced at a cowboy game, in honor of Mahesh Babu ‘Takkari Donga’. Then we see romantic scenes on Nidhhi and Ashok Galla, along with the sequences of the hero going to various auditions. They save moments as time passes. Then the big turn comes when the hero receives a gun through an ejection, turning the movie into a thriller genre.
The first half of the movie gets attention because it easily transitions from comedy to romance to thriller.
But director Sriram Aditya, whose previous films have also tended to similarly mix elements of thriller and comedy, loses control of the narrative once the mystery about Venice is revealed. From here, the movie turns out to be more of a parody than a thriller or comedy. Sarcasm may provide a chuckle, but it is long and repetitive.
Many of the scenes in the movie are absurd. When the development of the Jagapathi Babu story was revealed, Naresh says, “inta ghoramaina flashback naa jeevithamlo vinaledu choodaledu”. This sums up how bad this development is.
Director Sriram Adittya should have given consistency to his foolish ideas. This is a huge flaw.
The movie contains some attractive moments in the first half and hilarious situations. Also, there’s a twist on Ajay’s role, Brahmaji’s comedy (a parody on “Big Hero” and Boyapati), and two twists that show Sriram Aditya’s clever writing style. But his tendency to downplay everything for the sake of entertainment worked against the spirit of the story.
When the movie is about shooting a star child, more sequences should have been written to highlight his talent, and better romantic sequences should have been added between the main couple to connect with the current generation of audiences. Ashok Gala is the son of famous businessman Jay Gala and nephew of Mahesh Babu. For him, it might be a safe release, but the movie doesn’t highlight his strengths.
In general, “Hero” is a mixture of comedy, parody and thriller. While some comedic parts succeeded, the film continues with a not so serious approach throughout.
minimum: mix up
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