: The film tells the story of Karthik aka Bruce Lee (Charan) who has just one goal in life — to help his elder sister, Kavya (Kriti) pursue her dreams.
: Can a cameo, not more than five minutes long at best, turn out to be the most remarkable part of a two-and-a-half hour long feature film? Apparently, yes. Chiru's special appearance in Bruce Lee proves as much. For it's ridiculous, the effect that fleeting sighting of the much loved matinee idol, clearly past his prime, doing what he does best, after a long hiatus, has on the movie watching experience as a whole.
It's as though, for those few minutes that the Megastar is onscreen, nothing else matters — not Ram Charan, not the plot (which isn't there anyways) or even the logic of why Chiru is doing there in the first place. Saving the cameo for the climax might just be the smartest thing the director did in the film.
Well, there are a few moments that the filmmaker got right. The episode in which Karthik deliberately flunks his exams just to prompt his dad to send his sister to the better school is one of them. Unable to afford to send both his children to a good school, the dad decides the son must get the better education. But for Karthik, helping his sister achieve her dream of becoming a collector is more important. He grows up to become a stuntman much to his dad's chagrin which he makes no secret of.
While the film gets the melodrama bit right, sadly the gags that turn out to be the dampener. There is a surfeit of funny characters - be it the overtly caricaturised aging superstar, Blockbuster Brahmaji (Brahmaji), the stunning but goofy daughter of DIG, Riya (Rakul) (who seems inspired by Sridevi in Kshana Kshanam), or Brahmanandam who plays an undercover agent who didn't crack a single case all his career, to name a few - but the jokes just don't work, save a few here and there.
Amidst all the forced tomfoolery the plot ploughs on, with Karthik clearing one hurdle after another that comes in the way of his sister becoming a collector. Things come to a head when, his father's employer, Jayraj (Sampath) himself turns out to be the biggest threat his sister's life.
As for the performances, let's just say they are all in synch with the script. Ram Charan is in his element when dancing and pulling off the stunts, and he even tries his hand at comedy, but that's still a work in progress. Save Rao Ramesh and Arun Vijay no one really stands out, thanks more to the screen time than real acting chops.
Thaman's music adds a zing to the proceedings aided by pretty visuals courtesy cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa. How much you will love this film might just be a matter of how big a fan of Chiranjeevi you are.