Peddha Kapu has been promoted a lot in the last few days. Directed by Srikanth Addala, the film has Virat Karrna and Anasuya in lead roles. The first part is out today and let’s review it here at Filmfyfocus.
Story: The film is set in the 1980s in a small village in the Godavari region. Peddha Kapu(Virat Karna) belongs to the oppressed community and often faces issues due to his aggression. The village is dominated by two landlords atya Rangayya (Rao Ramesh) and Bhaiyanna (Aadukalam Naren). Things change when NTR announces a political party and caste-based issues erupt. How a normal guy from the oppressed community takes on the big heads and proves a point is the story of the film.
Performances: Virat Karna makes his debut as an actor with Peddha Kapu. He has a decent screen presence and also does well in his role. But when it comes to emotional scenes, he looked a bit raw. Rao Ramesh kills it in his role which is the best in recent times. The director has extracted solid performance from him. Anasuya gets a meaty role which was hyped a lot. She did well but the role could not create that much of an impact. Eswari Rao and Rajeev Kanakala do their best. The heroine Pragati Srivastava was decent in her role. Tanikella Bharani was routine in her role. Srikanth Addala as one of the villains was quite good.
Technicalities: Pedda Kapu appears remarkably ambitious in its visual presentation, showcasing impressive production design and a grand scale that incorporates expansive landscapes and extensive crowds within the frame. However, the film’s downfall lies in its screenplay. The director heavily relies on cinematography and technical aspects like background music. Unfortunately, the songs have fallen short of expectations, and Mickey J. Meyer’s talents seem ill-suited for this particular genre. Additionally, the film’s slow-paced narration should have been handled through the edit.
Analysis: In Pedda Kapu, Srikanth Addala places significant reliance on daring and audacious content, opting for raw and rustic storytelling. Furthermore, the director seems to have pushed the envelope excessively, with an abundance of violence, including graphic scenes of head-chopping, resulting in a film drenched in blood and gore which is new for him. These elements collectively suggest that Pedda Kapu is a deliberate and courageous endeavor.
The film boasts a substantial canvas, an expansive scale, and a noteworthy ensemble of cast and technicians. The dialogue “Meeku Ante Vunte, Maaku Entha Vandali” encapsulates the predicament of Peddha Kapu. The first half holds promise and delivers a somewhat intense experience. The interval scene is spine-tingling and offers a moment of exhilaration and one gets a feeling that Addala has got it right.
However, the film takes a steep nosedive in the second half, leaving the audience disappointed. A twist involving Anasuya injects intrigue for the audience. After her entry, the film becomes predictably formulaic. The climax fails to engage, and the storytelling is muddled. The drama is stretched thin without engaging sequences or depth, relying heavily on background music for build-up and elevation.
The film lacks a solid supporting narrative foundation. However, the needed impact does not get created at the end. But still, Srikanth Addala makes sure that there is enough meat though the narration is predictable. Peddha Kapu 1 has a great premise and able performance but it also has a few shortcomings.
Verdict: Overall, Peddha Kapu 1 has a unique world and amazing production design. The casting is top notch and so are the performances. The film has a good first half but the emotions do not create much of an impact and make this an average fare.
Bottom Line – Survival for identity