: There's a term which is often used to describe films like Alludu Seenu in one word - 'package'. It has a little bit of everything, although the sum of these bits isn't necessarily fulfilling in the end.
: VV Vinayak returns to his familiar territory with Alludu Seenu sans the usual verve that's seen in his movies. Yes, there's Brahmanandam, Prakash Raj, Ravi Babu, Vennela Kishore and a host of other reliable actors to save the day in the end, but the film's lacklustre plot leaves a lot to be a desired. Coincidentally or not, Alludu Seenu feels like Rajakumarudu meets Naayak and a million other films. In fact, Ben Affleck's Argo isn't spared either from this never ending list of 'influences'. It is a million dollar question how a film, which had enough resources and brains onboard, could feel so insipid and sluggish.
The film is about Seenu (Sreenivas) who lives a carefree life and is too smart for his own good. One day, he decides to flee from his hometown and ends up in Hyderabad, along with his uncle Narasimha (Prakash Raj). Soon, he bumps into Anjali (Samantha), the daughter of a mafia kingpin, and falls in love with her. When Seenu realises that Anjali's father, Bhai has striking resemblance to his uncle, he hatches a plan to make quick money. While he succeeds in his plan initially, Seenu is shocked to know the truth about his uncle's life and the rest of the story revolves around how Seenu avenges the injustice done to his uncle.
One of the basic problems associated with the film is, except for Prakash Raj and Brahmanandam, no other actor exhibits a sense of belongingness to the milieu the story is set in. As a result, there's no crackling chemistry between the lead actors, except in the songs. It's equally tragic that no one stands out in the end. That's not to say that Alludu Seenu is a bad film. It's exactly what VV Vinayak has been doing for a long time, but in this one very few gags work. As surprising as it might sound, despite the presence of Brahamanandam, the film isn't even half as funny as it aims to be.
Newcomer Sreenivas displays great agility when it comes to action and dance sequences; however, he has a long way to go in terms of learning some acting chops. On the other hand, Samantha seems stuck in an underwritten role and there's hardly any zing in the romantic track between the both the lead actors. Out of all the actors, only Prakash Raj, Brahamanandam and Ravi Babu are able to keep the plot going, but there's only so much they can do in a formulaic entertainer like this. Tamannaah dazzles in a special song and she proves yet again, why she's one of the best dancers around.
There's a term which is often used to describe films like Alludu Seenu in one word - 'package'. It has a little bit of everything, although the sum of these bits isn't necessarily fulfilling in the end.
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