: The film chronicles the life of Teja, a software engineer, who makes it his life's mission to make those around him happy until an incident changes his life forever. Suddenly, he transforms from a happy-go-lucky engineer to a revenge-seeking. lethal man.
: What's in a name? we often ask. There's been a lot of hullabaloo about the title of VV Vinayak's latest offering 'Inttelligent'. The extra 'T' in the film's title has been a subject of amusement and curiosity among film-goers. But when it comes down to business, there's nothing intelligent about the way this film has been made. There's the usual heavy punches, a bit of drama and some laughs — but as a complete package, 'Inttelligent' hardly offers anything different from the usual masala entertainers that Tollywood churns out with alarming regularity.
The film tells the story of Teja (Sai Dharam Tej) who aspires to be a software engineer ever since he’s a child, just so that he could work closely with his mentor Nanda Kishore (Nasser) . A gold medallist student, Teja becomes Nanda Kishore’s right hand man and together they run a company that helps those in need and serves the poor. However, a dreaded mafia don Vicky Bhai (Rahul Dev) and his gang of goons have their eye on the software company (having already acquired acres of land and money from innocent people). When Nanda Kishore resists the mafia, there are severe consequences. How Teja transforms into Dharma Bhai and plots to defeat Vicky Bhai in his own game makes for the rest of the film.
One of the refreshing aspects in this film is its comedy. The comic timing of actors Saptagiri and Rahul Ramakrishna, in particular, is top notch and the two of them overshadow seasoned comedians like Brahmanandam and Prudhvi Raj, who don't really have much to offer in the film. Posani Murali Krishna is also hilarious in parts. But that's pretty much all the positives from this film. The much-hyped 'Chamak Chamak Cham' song looks good, but the timing of it is bizarre.
VV Vinayak must seriously introspect and re-think how he portrays his female leads. Lavanya Tripathi's role in the film is completely farcical. In fact, she hardly has anything to do apart from dancing in songs (which appear out of nowhere). There's no connection established between the leads but somehow the filmmaker places a few songs randomly, which completely jerk the narrative, and it's left to the viewer to join the dots and assume there's a love story in there, somewhere. It's just lazy filmmaking.
There are manufactured fight sequences, to show off Sai Dharam Tej's bravado and establish a larger-than-life appearance for the 'Supreme Hero'. Instead of punches, Dharam Tej uses bullets to eliminate his rivals. The actor does what's expected of him but he does seem one-dimensional at times. With his friends (sidekicks) shining with their comic timing, Dharam Tej struggles to keep up. He seems uncomfortable shooting romantic scenes as well. But give him gun and a few goons to thrash and the actor's in his element.
VV Vinayak seems to have mastered the art of churning out masala entertainers, but it does seem like the director is running out of ideas. This time, there's no Mega Star to take the film through. There seems to be a lack of effort while making this film, and when the filmmaker doesn't put in the effort, one could only imagine the plight of the audience.