Film: “Paisa Vasool”
Star Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shreya Saran, Muskaan Sethi, Kyra Dutt, Kabir Bedi, Ali, Prudhvi, Vikram Jeeth
Director: Puri Jagannadh
Cinematography: D. Mukesh
Music: Anup Rubens
Dialogues: Puri Jagannadh
Produced By: V Anand Prasad
Released On: 1st September 2017
The combination of Puri Jagannadh and Balayya itself is a very crazy one, which nobody in the industry ever imagined. The hero is on a roll after a blockbuster 100th film, whereas the director is struggling to regain lost form and glory.
Theda Singh (Balayya) is a very daring, reckless and gutsy character quite unafraid of standing up to anyone, however powerful he is. With his daring and bold approach he unwittingly helps some people. Elsewhere, Bob Marlow is an international criminal wanted by the Indian Intelligence Department. The cops plan to put a check to his activities. As the cops look around for a man who has the guts to take on such a dangerous criminal, they chance upon Theda Singh and decide to approach him for the task. Does Theda Singh accept the task given by the cops; does he succeed in nabbing the international criminal; why did Theda Singh turn into such a reckless man in the first place; are the questions that the rest of the story seeks to answer.
Puri Jagannadh sticks to his style of characterising the hero and Balayya adds substance to it with his own inimitable style of acting. The director succeeded in getting the hero to try out a new style of dialogue delivery. He succeeded in portraying Balayya in a never before character. The story is nothing new but the director succeeded in presenting it very nicely. Though the narration was fast paced, somehow the pace was not uniform. There were a few instances here and there when the pace drops a little. The narration reminds us of “Pokiri” which was also directed by Puri Jagannadh. The comedy scenes were a tad disappointing.
Performance of the Stars:
The highlight of the film is Balayya’s acting. Even at this age the man’s energy has remained unabated and is on full display in the character of Theda Singh. He carries the entire movie on his shoulders. Balayya’s fans are bound to appreciate the fact that their idol is capable of coming up with a film like “Paisa Vasool” after “Gautamiputra Satakarni” which was in a completely different genre. The rest of the star cast Shreya Saran, Kyra Dutt, Muskaan Sethi merely make their presence felt.
The director appeared to focus more on the narration than on the story itself. Perhaps he was aware that the story he had chosen had little novelty in it. The entire narration and pace of the film smack of Puri’s unique style. One can say that the director has finally regained his famous magic touch with “Paisa Vasool”. Anup Ruben’s music is excellent. He provides the kind of music that is exactly required for the film. The ‘Ek Peg Laao’ song that Balayya crooned stands out. Cinematography was good and appropriate. The producers did not resort to penny pinching when it came to production values.
The Final Word:
“Paisa Vasool” is full value for money for Balayya fans
Neticinema.com Rating: 3/5