Star Cast: Raj Tarun, Hebah Patel, Rajendra Prasad, Shayaji Shinde, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao and others
Director: Veligonda Srinivas
Cinematography: B. Rajasekhar
Music: Sekhar Chandra
Produced By: Sunkara Ramabrahmam
Banner: AK Entertainments.
Released On: 2nd June 2017
Hero Raj Tarun is known for making light hearted comedy films. He excels in projecting the boy next door image. All the films that he has acted in so far are evidence of his talents in this genre of films. Let us see how his latest venture “Andhagaadu” shapes up with a debutant director Velugonda Srinivas wielding the megaphone.
Gautham (Raj Tarun) is born blind. He is brought up in an orphanage and grows up to become a radio jockey. He meets Nethra (Heba Patel) who is an eye doctor. Just to gain the love of the lady Gautham pretends not to be blind. Initially Nethra falls for his trick but soon realizes that he is born blind. She then makes arrangements for a donor’s eyes to be transplanted to Gautham. One would think that this is the end of the poor hero’s woes, but in fact that is when his troubles start.
The spirit of a dead man by name Kulkarni starts to follow the hero. Kulkarni’s eyes were the ones that were donated to the hero. That is why the spirit follows him and is visible only to him. The spirit asks the hero to commit two murders for his revenge. What will Gautham do; will he help the spirit commit those murders; whether he is able to win the love and affection of the doctor or not; these are the elements that the plot revolves around.
This is essentially a revenge story. The plot is nothing new but the director has dealt with it in a novel manner. The narration is simple and linear with no twists and turns in the plot. The first half is quite simple with no tense sequences. The real plot begins only in the second half of the film. The second half of the film is the most crucial. The real plot unveils itself here. This is the half that can make or break the film. The director manages a good narration during the second half. All elements – comedy, horror, thrill, romance and suspense are all well proportioned in the film. The director takes recourse to give us a rip roaring comic climax.
Performance of the stars:
The hero performs very well and puts a lot of life into the character. He shows through subtle nuances the difference between a blind man and one blessed with sight. He does seem to have done a lot of homework in portraying a blind man. He is the one who keeps the story moving forward constantly. Heba Patel looks very beautiful but somehow her role was restricted only to the first half. Rajendra Prasad is a past master in playing comic roles. As such he brings life to the character of the spirit of the dead man. The others also do justice to their respective roles.
Songs and the music are good. Cinematography is apt. The script gives equal importance to comedy sequences as well as the action and thrill sequences. The director handles the comedy and the thrilling sequences with equal aplomb. He does prove that he has a lot of potential.
“Andhagaadu” is a light hearted comedy that all the family can watch.
“Andhagaadu” rated: 3/5