Cast: Nagarjuna, Anushka, Ravi Shankar, Prakash Raj, Ganesh Venkatraman, Brahmanandam, Jeeva, Charmee, Devan, Avinash, Pragathi, Sathya Krishna and Others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematographer: Chota K Naidu
Editing: Gautham Raju
Producer: Dr Venkat
Director: Srinivas Reddy
The release of the Nagarjuna starrer Damarukam ran into trouble several times and it was stated openly in Tollywood that its release was postponed owing to some financial issues. However, all this has now been settled with the veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayan Rao chipping in to facilitate its release today (November 23rd).
Srinivas Reddy has directed the big-budget socio-fantasy entertainer produced by Venkat of RR Movie Makers. Devi Sri Prasad composed the musical scores. Damarukam, the costliest movie in Nagarjuna’s career is being released with positive buzz amidst good expectations. Let’s check out the review for more details.
Damarukam revolves around Mallikarjuna (portrayed by Nagarjuna) who takes birth with the blessings of Lord Shiva (Prakash Raj) and falls in love with Maheshwari (played by Anushka). A demon named Andhakasura (Ravi Shankar) has his eyes on Maheshwari and forces her to marry him. The rest of the plot is about how Mallikarjuna saves Maheshwari from the evil Andhakasura.
The role of Malli is a typical Nagarjuna’s role, which is played effortlessly. Anushka Shetty suited the role to the tee and did her bit to perfection. Ravi Shankar impresses everybody with her histrionics and dialogues. His voice modulations are too good especially when he says “Majja re Majja”. Prakash Raj didn’t suit the important role of Lord Shiva. Charmee item is number is fine. Brahmanandam, Ms Narayana, Krishna Bhagwan team provided some good laughs in the first half.
Story of the film has a touch of ‘Bhairava Dweepam’. Screenplay by Srinivas Reddy is a bit on the lax side as he took too much of time to establish the simple story. Direction of the film is adequate, Mass orientation dominated sentimental scenes at times in the second half. Music by Devisri Prasad is an asset to the film. But picturization of songs are not up to mark. The background music by DSP is good. Cinematography by Chota K Naidu is fine. Dialogues by Srinivas Reddy are okay, but were not used properly in the movie. The visual effects are integrated well into the film. Art touch intro of war, Introduction of Andhakasura and climax graphic scenes are worth mentioning.
The film starts with an interesting flashback, which establishes why Nagarjuna hates Shiva, and Why Asura hates Gods. First half of the film is GOOD. Second half is a little DULL. Climax of the film is not so convincing. Positives of Damarukam are Graphics, Performances, DSP. On the flip side 2nd half narration, Picturization of songs. On the whole, Damarukam tries to say lots of things, but doesn’t really succeed in doing it in an impressive way and turns out to be a rather bumpy ride especially with a weak climax.
Survi Review: 2.5/5 (rated 0.5 more for Fire Fly Efforts)