Jaya Janaki Nayaka

Any girl wishes for a loving family to be on her side. Be it her parents or her in-laws, she wants to be respected and loved. But few see them as objects of Pride and Power. In a game of Pride and Power, can love survive?

Plot : Sweety (Rakul Preet Singh) is impressed by Gagan (Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas) and his father Chakravarthy (Sarath Kumar). She understands their simplicity and caring nature covered in a tough exterior. Unfortunately her love is crushed by Pride obsessed Aswath (Jagapathi Babu) and his rival. In their game of thrones, her life meets with great tragedy and Gagan returns to change her fate. Will he succeed? Watch it on screen to know more …

Performances : Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas needs acting lessons to improve on his timing. He is good in dances and action sequences but he fails to make an impression during emotional scenes. He has definitely improved in timing but he needs to improve on his body language and emotions too. Sarath Kumar, Jagapathi Babu get routine characters. Both of them manage to perform well but some of their reactions are unintentionally funny. We have say that is director’s fault.

Rakul Preet Singh has to cry buckets and she doesn’t have much to do in the film. Catherine Teresa gets a good item song but she is wasted in that song. Pragya Jaiswal needs to find a good role that will help her in establishing herself as a good actress has her efforts to become a glam doll are futile. Vani Viswanath is wasted in a character that could have been played by any supporting actress.

Technicalities : Devi Sri Prasad scored lacklustre audio in this movie. His songs have no real rhythm and his BGM works only in parts. Action episodes composed by Ram-Lakshman are good. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao does a clumsy edit for this movie. The disjointedness between scenes harms the narrative more in the first hour and in second hour his work improves but again it fails to keep the movie crisp. Rishi Punjabi delivers another good work with his camera but he doesn’t really help the movie to set a tone. M. Ratnam’s dialogues are a big let down in this movie.

Boyapati Srinu never promised a huge logical entertainer but his films do have a quality of the director in trying to showcase honesty in the things he does. Here the script lacks any freshness and overlong fight sequences don’t make up for lacklustre screenplay. His story is too old to keep audience engaged and he tries every trick in his book but fails to impress us the way he did to an extent in Sarrainodu.

Analysis : Boyapati believes in his abilities more than script too. He has a thought process that suits him but bringing the Pride issue in 21st century seems too outdated and tacky to be realistic. On the whole, the movie is moe of a serial executed in Boyapati’s fashion.

Rating : 1.5/5

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