Amigos starring Nandamuri Kalyan Ram in a triple role under the direction of Rajendra Reddy has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: As showcased in the trailer, Amigos revolves around the doppelganger concept. After a brief introduction of Siddharth, he crosses paths with Bengaluru-based Manjunath Hegde and Michael from Kolkata. How does friendship develop between the three lookalikes? At one point, Bipin Roy’s character will be introduced as a ruthless person. Who is Bipin? What is his backstory? How will the proceedings affect the bondage between three doppelgangers, forms crucial crux.
Performances: Kalyan Ram gave an impressive performance in the triple role. He managed to showcase good variants between the three roles. His makeover for three roles adds authentic texture to the proceedings. The amount of hard work he put into the film is clearly visible on screen.
Kalyan Ram’s acting in a negatively shaded character named Michael is good and brings depth to the proceedings. As most of the film runs between three lookalike doppelgangers, the film has very limited scope for other artists.
Heroine Ashika Ranganath is glamorous on screen. Her chemistry with Kalyan Ram is presented nicely. Enno Ratrulosthayi song on the lead pair is canned well. Actor Brahmaji is okay in his role as the hero’s uncle.
Technicalities: The photography work by Sundar Rajan is a major asset for the film. His framing and lighting setup add a colorful vibe to the screen. Editing by Thammiraju is adequate.
Ghibran’s music is okay at parts. While his score is racy for Michael aka Bipin Roy’s scenes, for the rest of the part the background score looks dull.
Production values for this stylish actioner by Mythri Movie Makers banner are rich. The production design work is also done neatly.
Analysis: Written and directed by Rajendra Reddy, Amigos has a fresh storyline related to doppelgangers. He tried to present Kalyan Ram in a different manner in the three lookalikes’ roles. The director made sure to narrate the film without no-nonsense episodes but most of the first half scenes look dragged. The emotional bonding between the three lookalikes is also not showcased in an impactful manner.
On the other hand, though the screenplay is gripping in the second half, the director would have worked more on projecting the key scenes with even more effective treatment. To summarize, Amigos is a doppelgangers crime thriller that has a few engaging moments in the second half. Despite uneven portions here and there and predictable twists towards the end, the film will end up as a watchable fare this weekend
Verdict: Kalyan Ram’s show!