Akhil simply has too much on his plate - a lot more than he is capable of chewing.
It has been quite a while since Tollwyood has experienced a star son's launch. If one had no inkling of how it was supposed to be, Akhil offers you a lesson in that, albeit a bad one. Here's the recipe - since it's a debut hero, have a pretty looking fresh face opposite him as the leading lady. Then, to make him look heroic and all encompassing, have plenty of action sequences, make him the good boy, give him a sweet and sad back story and in the end, give him the ability to achieve anything in the blink of an eye and occasionally show the audience that he can dance well. Basically, you have to tell the world this - look, here's the new demi-god.
While it is unbelievable how stardom can be conferred upon someone even before their first release, it is incredible that the film would have such extremities that even a star hero would probably shy away from - an easy escape from killer fishes, an easier ability to earn Rs 4 lakh in no time and then the easiest prowess to single-handedly fight a monstrous panther.
Not just that, just like every other Telugu film, a lot is happening here. As Akhil (Akhil) is trying to woo Sayyeshaa (Divya), there's a parallel tale of an African stone (Jua) which is crucial for the existence of mankind. When the two stories intertwine, Divya becomes an important piece in the puzzle and obviously Akhil will jump in when she is involved. While the premise is pretty absorbing at the outset, it is the treatment that falls flat. The love story is what gives Akhil the chance to do everything he has to. From fighting all odds for the lady he loves to showing that he can do anything for the survival of mankind, there's everything on offer.
brings the Akkineni family into this new envelope they aren't generally associated with - that of familial references. While the Akkineni song is the best example of that with daddy Nagarjuna himself making a brief appearance in the song, another instance where Akhil's friend claims, 'Valla nanna chain lagadu, videm lagutado teledu' (An obvious reference to the iconic scene from Nag's Siva) perfectly sums that up.
Akhil simply has too much on his plate - a lot more than he is capable of chewing. But still, he shines and gives a commendable act for a newcomer. Sayyeshaa, however, is a surprise even though she isn't given much to do. She emotes really well and dances like a dream.
Director VV Vinayak wants to do a lot too - give a gripping story, bring in breathtaking VFX, have elaborate sets for songs and most importantly launch a star hero. And he definitely does everything he can in that endeavour from bringing in the cliched praasa (colloquial alliteration), sprinkling punch dialogues and splashing in comedy which mostly turns actors like Rajendra Prasad, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sapthagiri into caricatures. As he fails in that and as the movie moves ahead, you realise that he is giving you another regular fare with no emotional connect, no strong narration and worse, a flimsy story.
For someone who brought onto screen films like
amongst a several other good films, it is disappointing to see nothing more than very good looking scenes which have no content. He makes the film look slick and has some brilliant action sequences (kudos to the action choreographer) but that's about it. Well, it glitters but as they say, all that glitters isn't gold.