Star Cast: Allari Naresh, Eesha, Tanikella Bharani, Rao Ramesh, Chandra Mohan, Posaani Krishna Murali, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Sampoornesh Babu, Sapthagiri, Avasarala Srinivas, Sayaji Shinde
Direction: Mohana Krishna Indraganti
Production: Aryan Rajesh
Music: Kalyani Koduri
Censor Certificate: UA
Runtime: 140 Minutes
Watched at Inox GVK, Hyderabad
Director Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s Bandipotu is the story of a modern day Robin hood with some entertainment. Vishwanath (Naresh Allari) is an accomplished manipulator in Hyderabad. Who always tries to cheat the big shot and help the needy. At this time, Jhanavi (Eesha) blackmails Vishwanath to chisel the head honcho’s Makrand Rao (Tanikella Bharini), Seshagiri (Rao Ramesh) and Bhale Babu (Posani Krishna Murali). In a short gap, Vishwanath supports the retaliation and starts penning ideas to drop-down the big guns. What instigated Vishwanath transformation? Did he accomplish his plans? That’s what the film is all about.
Performance wise, Naresh Allari gives everyone a sense of déjà vu with his performance. A significant aspect of his humdrum in every film would probably be the lack of success he achieves in trying anything away from his image. Though his characterization is different from his earlier films, yet his histrionics give us the déjà vu of Dongalabandi. Anthaku Mundu Ah Taruvatha fame Eesha, isn’t given much scope at all, but she is photogenic and her expressions are pretty good. Shubhalekka Sudhakar enacts the role of the Eesha’s father, with ease. Rao Ramesh does quite a fine job. Chandra Mohan hams the life out of himself, but doesn’t go anywhere. Posani Krishna Murali and Tanikella Bharani are okay. Shraddha Das looks fine in her special song, but it contributes to nothing in the film. Much talked Sampoornesh role has no great shakes, especially considering his previous repertoire of performances in Hrudaya Kaleyam and Pessarattu. Sapthagiri, Avasarala Srinivas are middling in their roles.
The story is simple and basic, just as it expected to be. A group cheats chairman of financial bank and descendent comes to take the revenge on subverts. It reminds us of films like Srimannarayana, Athade Oka Sainyam, Baazigar etc. But what was not expected to be was how poorly things run down. We can understand a film with a thin script as long as it has some entertaining elements to make up for it. Unfortunately for Bandipotu there are no moments like this to speak of. A film with a weak script and no entertainment is absolutely helpless. The first half of the film seems purposeless, while the second half drags like no tomorrow. The film is very badly edited. Especially the second half becomes too long with the logic less angles, political agenda and the flash back that form it. There is absolutely no smooth flow in the film at all. They are just struck in one point for too long of a period time. This causes the film to be boring and dragged. Another issue is the fact that they tried to pack to many things into one film. You go from comedy scene, to revenge point, then to a romantic sequence and song. It just doesn’t work, I know commercial films have a little bit of everything and that’s fine, if you can pull it off. Bandipotu fails in this because it seems like everything here is being rammed to make a different entertainer. It just makes things worse as it mires down the film big time.
Coming to other technical aspects, Cinematography of the film is solid. The locals of Hyderabad, as well as Europe look beautiful. Music by Kalyani Koduri for the film is, for the lack of better word, soothing. “Alijadalu” is probably best track of the film, while “Edo Mayalle” has the best picturization. Dialogues in the film are good in parts. Art department was all right. Production values of EVV Cinema are fine.
Thirty minutes in to the movie many may ask themselves “why on earth am I sitting here?” but the trick to get the fine parts of Bandipotu is to sit with longanimity. The poor screenplay and logicless narration can be blamed for this. The movie is immensely dragged out infact, its takes a good twenty minutes for the movie to get to its point and even then it takes a further thirty minutes or so for the main point issue to arise. One may think why on earth Naresh & Aryan decided to invest in a movie that not only has a casual point and also noncommercial packaging?
Overall, barring a few spirited moments in the first half, Bandipotu has very little to offer to the discerning audience in terms of entertainment values.
Survi Review: 1.5/5