Movie: Krishnarjuna Yuddham
Release date: April 12, 2018
Banner: Shine Screens
Cast: Nani, Anupama, Rukshar, Brahmaji, Nagineedu, Devadarshini,
Music: Hip Hop Thamizha
Cinematography: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Editing: Satya G
Producers: Harish Peddi, Sahu Garapati
Story, Screenplay, dialouge and Direction: Merlapaka Gandhi
Nani has been delivering hit after hit in recent times. Even his average movies have fared well in the recent past and he is in great form. So, every movie of his is eagerly looked forward to by the trade and the audiences as well.
Let’s find out the merits and demerits of his latest movie “Krishnarjuna Yuddham”.
Krishna (Nani), a guy from a village in Chittoor, has one dream: to make a girl fall for him. The village president’s granddaughter Riya (Rukshar) comes to his village and he falls for her. He tries in many ways to impress her.
In Europe, there is Arjun (Nani) who is a rock star and is a casanova. However, he loves a good-looking Indian girl called Subbulakshmi but she doesn’t fall for his flirting. The stories of Krishna and Arjun are told in back and forth manner.
Half way through the story, both their lovers head to Hyderabad, where they get abducted by a gang. Krishna and Arjun come to Hyderabad in search of them and how they rescue their girls forms the rest of the story.
Nani plays double role – a rural guy from Chittoor and a rock star. He is impeccable in the role of Chittoor guy, his body language, his dialogue delivery with perfect Chittoor dialect is a treat. However, he goes completely wrong in the character of a rock star. He doesn’t suit this role. Like the passive role, his acting here too is monotonous.
Both Anupama and Rukshar don’t have much role (except for 10 minutes, they entirely go missing in the second half).
Brahmaji’s role is hilarious and he brings the house down in some sequences. Sudhakar is okay. Devadarshini’s role as Anupama’s aunt provides some laughs in the first half.
Karthik Ghattamaneni’s cinematography is rich. He has shown variation in both the stories of Krishna and Arjun. The production values too are top class.
The pick of the songs is “Daari Choodu”, which is quite good on screen too. There is another good romantic number “Wanna Fly”, but rest of the songs are pretty ordinary.
Nani is exceptional as Krishna and gives an impressive performance. The way he spoke the Chittor slang and extracts comedy through his character is very good. The way his love story is narrated and the manner in which Nani performs in all his scenes with Ruksar is quite interesting.
Ruksar Mir looks decent and also performs well in her role. Mahesh Vitta, who played Nani’s sidekick elevates good comedy with his dialogues.
The first half of the film is quite good with Nani’s two parallel tracks being showcased in a decent manner. Brahmaji’s comedy is good in the first half and evokes decent laughs.
After a fun-filled first half, the film completely changes track and becomes a kidnap drama. The proceedings are routine and predictable and the only solace is that there are two Nani’s who are fighting for a cause here
Even though the mass fights look quite impressive on Nani, they have been stretched a bit too much during the climax.
Also another major drawback of the film is that there is no strong villain.