Cast: Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Sai Kumar, Samuthirakhani, and Anant Singh
Director: Srikanth Odela
Producer: Sudhkar Cherukuri
Natural Star Nani, who has been struggling for a hit for a while, has pinned all his hopes on the village drama “Dasara” set in rural Telangana and directed by Srikanth Odela. With Keerthy Suresh as the female lead and a highly successful musical score by Santosh Narayanan, Nani is confident that this could be his biggest career move yet. Produced by Sudhakar Cherukuri’s SLV Cinemas, “Dasara” is set to premiere in theaters today, and here is a review of the film.
The film Dasara depicts the story of Veerlapalli, a village surrounded by coal mines, where politics and alcohol addiction have a tight grip on the residents. The protagonists, childhood friends Dharani (played by Nani) and Suri (played by Deekshith Shetty), find themselves in the middle of the village’s turmoil. Dharani falls in love with Vennela (played by Keerthy Suresh), but she only has eyes for Suri.
As the power struggle among the village’s influential people intensifies, Dharani and Suri become unwittingly caught up in the political web. Dharani’s life takes an unexpected turn, and he must fight back amidst a series of surprising twists.
In essence, Dasara portrays the challenges faced by two childhood friends as they navigate the turmoil of a village plagued by politics, addiction, and unforeseen obstacles.
The movie Dasara had high expectations, but it only partially fulfilled them. While village-based films are not a new concept, the Telangana village setting gave the movie a unique touch. The rustic environment was executed well, and the characters blended seamlessly into the story. Despite being a debut director, Srikanth Odela did an admirable job in various aspects but missed out on the opportunity to make the film outstanding. The story had some remarkable moments, particularly in the interval and post-interval scenes. The plotline concerning the sarpanch Nambi was handled well, and the friendship and sacrifice between Dharani and Suri worked for a while. However, the narration focused solely on the revenge drama and missed the opportunity to explore Dharani’s crucial decision in a pivotal scene, resulting in a loss of emotional impact.
At a crucial point in the movie, the song “Chamkhila Angeelesi” failed to create the intended impact. The storyline was overly simplistic, losing momentum midway. Although the climactic fight scene may appeal to the masses, the ending where Nani returns did not live up to expectations.
The movie stood out for its remarkable dialogue in several scenes, showcasing the director Srikanth Odela’s skill in crafting engaging interval block and climax moments. However, the introductory train sequence fell short, with subpar graphics. Santhosh Narayanan’s music and background score elevated the movie’s overall quality. Additionally, Suryan’s exceptional cinematography skills shone through, effectively capturing even low-light scenes. Thus, the film received high marks in the technical department.
- Nani’s performance
- New backdrop
- Action scenes
- Emotions did not work
- Slow narration
Dasara is a movie that portrays a realistic setting and unrefined scenes, which may be slow-paced. Nevertheless, Nani’s exceptional natural acting and the impressive directorial debut of Srikanth in certain scenes and action sequences compensate for it to some degree. However, the latter half of the film can become tiresome at times. All in all, it is a decent film that is worth watching.