Despite being backed by a potentially good cast and brilliant production, director Sampath Nandi still fails to tell an engaging tale.
The film begins with Aakash (Ravi Teja) sitting with a dagger in his hand in a desserted area. There's murky water all around him and as he gets up and puts his foot forward, a body rises up. And for that brief moment, your mind might tell you 'Ravi Teja is back! And this is going to be fun!' Let us tell you, that high is short-lived. Reality sinks in. The actor disappoints, once again.
For the average Telugu cinema-goer, Ravi Teja is the king of entertainment. Irrespective of the plot, the actor is known to at least deliver some good laughs, if nothing else. But in Bengal Tiger, the star's portrayal of Aakash unfortunately stands testimony to a dialogue in the film, Ravi Teja "character ki definition e ledu"!
Bengal Tiger plays on every cliche in the book. A man on a mission, as always. He uses his wit to get people to do whatever it takes to help him reach his goal. There's a twist, which doesn't surprise an average Tollywood buff. Two rich girls fall in love with him, and in true Tollywood style, for silly reasons. Well, that's pretty much it.
The film sails through quite decently in the first half as the story builds up. After the interval, things become extremely predictable.
Throughout the film, for some reason, the director throws in references to Pawan Kalyan which you make you laugh. But then again, there a point of saturation and it goes from being funny to annoying.
On the positives, Bengal Tiger has some good performances by the cast. Tamannaah, Raashi, Boman Irani and Rao Ramesh have their moments on the screen. But they still can't sustain your interest. And if there is only one ray of hope for entertainment (read comedy, of course) it has to be the scenes that revolve around Pruthviraj playing 'Future Star Sidappa'.
Sampath Nandi fails on many counts — he failed to shape the characters on screen, underused performers with amazing potential — Ravi Teja especially; and there is absolutely nothing to take home. The director also seems to have been backed by a brilliant production team that evidently allowed him a lot of creative freedom. But then again, to no avail.
This film perhaps can sustain the attention of hard core Ravi Teja fans. But, be warned and keep your expectations in check.