Mathu Vadalara fame Sri Simha’s new film, Dongalunnaru Jaagratha promoted as a survival drama had a theatrical release today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: The story revolves around a thief named Raju( Sri Simha) who will be trapped in a specially designed car when tried to loot the interiors of the vehicle. Who traps Raju? What is the reason behind targetting him? To know that, you have to watch the film.
Performances: Sri Simha did his part in a convincing manner. His facial expressions and acting during the tensed circumstances bring realistic flavour to the narrative.
Director turned actor Samuthirakani gets a key role but his character is limited to couple of scenes. Young actress Preeti Asrani is decent in Raju’s wife role. Srikanth Iyengar is okay with his usual acting as a cop.
Technicalities: Yeshwanth C’s cinematography work is visible in his camera angles and frames. His lighting setup for the night mood shots bring authentic texture to the film.
Music by Kaala Bhairava is below-par. Bhairava who is gaining good name as a musician in recent times literally left Dongalunnaru Jaagratha with zero contribution.
Editing by Garry BH is okay but not so great.
Analysis: Though the film’s runtime is less than 100 minutes, for most of the time the audience feel like watching a non-sync movie with abruptly ending scenes. Director Satish Tripura should be lauded for coming up with a survival concept to Telugu cinema but his execution part is totally disappointing with aimless screenplay.
To summerize, Dongalunnaru Jaagratha is a survival drama that has a flat narrative throughout. Lack of gripping presentation and dilutes scene order stand tall as demerits for the movie.
Verdict: Fails to connect!