Release Date: 01st Jan 2004
Director: Puri Jagannadh, V.V.S. Ram
Music Director: M.M.Keeravani
Starring: Jr.NTR, Rakshita, Sayaji Shinde, Rahul Dev
Banner: Sri Bharati Enterprises
Andhrawala (2004) Full Movie Review:
Andhrawala movie lead roles are Shankar Pehalvan, a.k.an ANDHRAWALA (YougnTiger NTR), is the leader of labor from Andhra in Mumbai. Shankar fights with the mafia don Bade Mia (Sayaji Shinde) and in the process, Andhrawala also becomes a don. In the ensuing mafia feud, Bade Mia kills Shankar and his wife (Sanghavi). Basha (Banerjee) – a trusted lieutenant of Sankar – takes away the kid to rescue him from Bade Mia. When mafia goons follow him, Basha leaves the kid on a footpath beside a beggar and leaves.
The kid, Munna (NTR), is raised in a slum area. While Basha is in search of Munna to safeguard him, Bade Mia is in search of him to avenge the death of his son in the hands of Shankar. Thanks to the similarities in appearance of father and son, Basha and Bade Mia recognize that Munna is the son of Sankar. Munna gets to know his identity and the story of his father and his death from Basha. In the meanwhile, Bade Mia men descend to Hyderabad to kill Munna. Munna decides to take the battle to Bade Mia and goes to Mumbai to confront with Bade Mia face to face. The rest of the story is all about how Munna succeeds in his personal vendetta.
Jr.NTR performed well in the role of Munna as a committed youngster with loads of mass characterization. His dance movements are as fluid as it can get and he attempted doing variety steps in ‘Naire’ song with good success. His comedy in the first half is the first rate. However, the get up for the role of ‘Andhrawala’, that appears for very small time on screen, resembles that of Raja Sekhar’s in Maa Annayya. Rakshita played the role of Miss India and of a girl who is desperately seeking the attention and love of her. Though she is good as a mass heroine, her characterization crossed the limits of sensibilities with a few lewd gestures. Words uttered by her like ‘Pisikesta’ and ‘Kinda paint choodavayya’ were at best avoidable. The scene in which she lifts her dress to forcibly seduce Munna also crosses the limits. The dubbing artist who usually dubs for Ramya Krishna’s voice has dubbed for Rakhista voice in this film. And others like Sayaji Shinde, it’s a perfect role of Hindi speaking Mumbai don. Rahul Dev played the role of the brother of heroine. Banerjee is terrific. Jeeva is appropriate. Brahmanandam is pretty hilarious in the character of the home minister. The comedy scene between Brahmanandam and Pavala Syamala is the best comedy scene in this film. Rama Prabha and Venu Madhav are OK. Rajiv Kanakala got a very unimportant role and is not utilized. Nassar, GV, and Ranganath are fine
The story of the film is old fashioned one. There is one shortcoming in the basic storyline. Nasser is seen as the guardian of crores of property earned by Andhrawala. Andhrawala started his career as a daily labor and gradually becomes a don. If Andhrawala earns so much money, why did he not distribute to his colleagues? The screenplay of the film lacks the proper format. It’s very slow in the first half and it’s very rapid in the second half. Puri Jagan targeted hardcore masses in this film and molded characterization of the protagonist accordingly. You can find heroine dominating love proceedings in this film in contrast to Jagan’s latest films (Idiot, ANOTA, Shivamani) where hero dominates heroine. Though the direction is quite satisfactory in the first half, the things go haywire in the second half. The last 30 minutes of the film witnesses loads of gun fire and killing spree where many persons are killed at a rapid pace.
Music by Chakri is average. The choreography of the first and last song (‘Naire Naire’ and ‘Gichi Gichi) is excellent. Other songs are neat. Re-recording is satisfactory. Shyam K Naidu’s photography is good. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is crisp. Stunts by Vijay match his earlier good work. Giri made this film with ample budget.
Review Credits: idlebrain