Katamarayudu Synopsis: The film is centred around Katamarayudu, an influential person who stands up for the weaker sections in society against crony businessmen. How he triumphs over them and manages his rather complicated relationship with Avanti forms the rest of the story.
Katamarayudu Review: If ‘Pawanism’ is a rather ambiguous term for some, then watching this movie will add clarity to what that actually means, almost. The film screams Pawan Kalyan in every scene and the script resonates with his real world tendency to care for the common man and their issues. This is rather smartly laced with Pawan’s romantic track with Shruti Haasan that provides entertainment value. The film shows why Pawan is one of the biggest stars in Tollywood, and settles the doubts about his status, if there were any.
Set in the hinterland of Rayalaseema, the film revolves around Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan), a conscientious and influential person in his village. When a businessman (Pradeep Rawat) comes to him for help to smuggle sandalwood, Katama takes him and his goons to the cleaners. Clearly miffed, the businessman colludes and schemes with Narsappa (Rao Ramesh), a villager who wants to settle an old score with Katamarayudu. Despite all his good characteristics, the only thing that Katamarayudu lacks is a wife. His four younger brothers (Shiva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju, Ajay and Chaitanya) and Linga (Ali) try to set him up with Avanti (Shruti Hasaan). They plan various attempts at getting Avanti to like Katama without his knowledge, and finally she falls for the ‘ultra do-gooder’ version of him that his brothers had sold to her. After initially being repulsive about Avanti’s interest in him, Katama finally take her seriously and tries to serenade her while constantly fighting back against other goons. His fights with them causes Avanti to lose interest in him.
The first half is a winner on most counts. While the action sequences show Pawan Kalyan at his enigmatic best, the comedy by Ali and the four brothers prove to be hilarious; so are the back and forth exchanges between Shruti and Pawan. The song locations in Italy are visually stunning and Shruti herself looks beautiful and carries off her village belle avatar decently. Rao Ramesh as the quirky and sadistic Narsappa is engaging to watch, especially his dialogues with Pradeep Rawat. The dialogues are sharp and the script is crisp. The only negatives could be Pawan Kalyan’s rather bland styling in certain songs and scenes.
The second half has Katama visiting Avanti’s father, a retired judge (Nassar) who is impressed by Katama’s nature. Meanwhile, another crony businessman Bhanu (Tarun Arora) has a score to settle with Avanti’s father for having jailed him for an offense in the past, and Katama comes to his aid many times. And just when things were starting to look fine for Katama, having won over Avanti again, he kills a goon trying to harm the family in front of Avanti’s entire family. This causes Avanti and her family to despise Katama for his violent activities and there ends the relationship. Bhanu, meanwhile escapes jail and kidnaps Avanti and her family. How Katama comes to their rescue forms the rest of the story.
The storyline in the second half is predictable and the screenplay is on the slower side. Some of the song sequences are passable while the music and background score remains decent throughout. Prudhvi’s performance as Avanti’s uncle is reminiscent of similar roles by Brahmanandam as he tries to ward off Pawan’s interest for Avanti, and he does a decent job with it. Although the fight sequences continue to hero elevate Pawan, the special effects are a bit tardy in a few places especially in the train fight sequence. The climax too is predictable but Pawan manages to gloss over the few imperfections by his sheer screen presence.
If you need more than a few laughs and a heavy dose of South Indian machismo, then this is a must watch.