Recent “Balupu” success has brought ‘Mass Maharaj’ Raviteja back in the reckoning. The success has also put Raviteja in a sensitive spot with regard to his choice of scripts and kind of films he could attempt. In this backdrop, Raviteja did this aptly titled “Power” with a debutant director KS Ravindra aka Bobby for ace Kannada film producer ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh. Let’s see how the film shaped up to the expectations of the audience and the makers.
In a brief pre titles episode that takes place in Kolkata, a dreaded criminal – Ganguly is lifted from police capture by a ‘corrupt’ police officer Baldev Sahay – Raviteja. In the ensuing chase, Sahay dies, causing great distress for many in Kolkata, including his brother, the Home Minister of the State played by Mukhesh Rishi. Then comes the story of a guy Tirupati who is crazy about becoming a police officer. His passion for the khaki costume is so strong that he steals the cloths of his policeman brother in law (CI Aanimuthyam – Brahmanandam) frequently and handles the police work helping people in need. His attempts to become a police man, the people he meets in between, take him to Kolkata. Mukesh Rishi asks him to pretend to be the missing police officer Baldev Sahay as it would solve the complications of a several big cases there. Tirupati accepts the job as it turns out to be the only way for him to become a police officer. After he finishes the task he has been given by the Home Minister, a new twist ensues in the story, bringing the intermission and several new questions and unresolved problems for him and the people of Kolkata. What are all those problems, is Tirupati capable of handling all those issues, what is the real identity of Baldev Sahay, what are the motives of the Home Minister etc, form the second half of the film.
As has already been indicated, success of each film has become so necessary for commercial Telugu film heroes that hardly anybody is going out of the current proven trend and the result is turning into a similar script being handled by different directors for different heroes. “Power” falls into the same zone. The film begins well, entertains enough in the first half, and the interval too comes offering new possibilities in the story. But lack of substantive support in the second half reduces the final impact of the film greatly. It finally turns out to be a rework of “Vikramarkudu” with few twists in the story, shaped with a treatment of “Balupu.”
Production standards of the film are top notch and add to the reputation of ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh as a mega producer from Bangalore. Jayanan Vincent’s camera work is excellent in the film. Thaman’s background score adds to the impact of the film, his songs too are OK. “Nautanki…” sung by Raviteja is quite entertaining. Action sequences come and go in the movie – nothing too remarkable if the opening chase sequence is set aside.
The double role characters and acting are a muted replay of Vikramarkudu for Raviteja. Hansika looks quite ravishing in her slightly toned down look. Regina too did her best in the smallish, ill etched role of hers. Mukesh Rishi, Sampath, Brahmaji, Ajay, Subbaraju and Prakash Raj managed their roles well enough. Brahmanandma, Posani, Saptagiri and Surekha Vani took care of the entertaining duties.
An indirect narration of Baldev Sahay’s motives in the second half does not establish the stature of the character. The villains too do not look formidable enough for a mass hero like Raviteja playing a powerful character in this film. The levels of entertainment audience expects in a Raviteja film are also not fulfilled here. Thus the film finally does not become a fully entertaining packaged film. Finally, Raviteja’s “Power” is a ‘limited entertainment film.’
Rating: 2.25 out of 5