: Chandu, a conman, has two goals to in life - to get his father released from jail and make sure that his sister becomes a doctor. And in the process, he crosses path with Manikyam, a criminal who is responsible for wrecking his family. The rest of the story is about how Chandu takes revenge on Manikyam and achieve his goals.
: Dohchay is a crime comedy about a conman, Chandu (Naga Chaitanya) who has the world at his feet. He just spots his prey like an eagle and accomplishes his job as if he's born to do that, without any fear that he might get caught. But he's also a guy who has principles. In fact, he cons people to be able to afford the college fees of his sister, who wants to become a doctor and to secure the release of his father, who is in jail. And he has no qualms to risk his own life to achieve these two goals. In the middle of all this, he falls in love with Meera (Kriti Sanon). And like every other film in this genre, there's a motif - a bag containing Rs 2 crores. By a stroke of luck Chandu gets his hands on the bag, which triggers a chain of events, where everything that he had planned could tumble down.
Now, all this sounds like a perfect masala for a intriguing con drama, but what we get in the end is a partly entertaining, a watered-down version of everything you expect from a film in this genre. For all its well-conceived scenes, there's barely any sense of urgency or adrenaline rush that might put Chandu in real danger. There's always a plan B and Chandu makes every act of his seem like a child's play. As if that's not enough, his biggest nemesis, Manikyam (Posani Murali Krishna) is more of a comic-villain, who himself acknowledges that his personality doesn't scare anyone around him. No wonder, we don't take anyone or anything seriously in the film, and the film itself doesn't suck us into its broad canvas.
At one point, you begin to wonder if this how it feels like to see a potentially good idea losing track of its tone and drama? Maybe. Maybe not. Because, if there's anything which you take back after watching a Telugu film is the number of times you laughed and in that sense, Dohchay delivers quite well. The entire track featuring Posani Murali Krishna, Viva Harsha and Trilok is hilarious and the trio are lucky to get the best lines in the film. Then there's the ever dependable Brahmanandam, who plays a lecherous movie actor named Bullet Babu. His entry into the story is one of the high points and as long as he's around, nothing else seems to matter. Saptagiri has a brief cameo and his interactions with Naga Chaitanya are pretty funny as well.
Filmmaker Sudheer Varma, who made his debut with Swamy Ra Ra, is clearly in love with crime comedy genre and throughout the film, there are subtle references to other movies, which he tries to pay tribute to. The biggest of them all has got to do with Naga Chaitanya's characterisation itself. Chandu comes across as a more polished and subtle 21st century version of Deva, a character which Nagarjuna had played in Hello Brother. Both of them are small time crooks, who are driven by their zeal to stand as a pillar of support to their respective sisters. Then there are plenty of Mexican-stand offs, which are common in films of Quentin Tarantino. For instance, take that scene that occurs just before the interval - it has the hallmark of a filmmaker who knows how a set of random events can come together in a spectacular fashion. Despite all this, the film never really goes on top gear and struggles to keep up with the pace that it merits.
Naga Chaitanya finds himself in the role where he has to underplay everything, whereas Kriti Sanon looks the part as a tomboy; however, the lack of romance between the two leaves a lot to be desired. Richard Prasad's cinematography is a big asset to the film and the action sequences are well-composed. Beyond all its fine moments and laugh-out-loud moments, it all boils down to an elaborate con job. While Chandu pulls off a con job quite easily, in the end, we also realise that someone else has pulled off a con job on the film itself and took away its energy. No wonder, despite having all the elements, it just doesn't add up to make a fine film.