Directed by: Puri Jagannadh
Cast: Ishaan, Mannara Chopra, Angela, Posani Krishnamurali, Thakur Anup Singh, Ali, Ajaaz Khan, Avinash, Subbaraju and others
Music: Sunil Kashyap
Produced by: CR Manohar, CR Gopi
Released on: 31st March 2017
Puri Jagannadh has a penchant for creating heroes very differently from other directors. His heroes are many a times wastrels who finally come good. His titles also reflect the same characterization – “Idiot”, “Pokiri”, “Loafer” are some examples. Now his latest film “Rogue” also has similar shades. The film introduces a debutant new hero in Ishaan. The film’s title comes with a tagline “Maro Chantigadi Prema Katha”. Though his films depict the hero as some kind of wastrel, the heroes have some inherent power in them. This is what the audiences like about his films.
Chanti (Ishaan) falls in love with Anjali (Angela) the younger sister of the Police Commissioner. He dreams of marrying her. Unfortunately things don’t work out the way he wants them to and Anjali gets married to another policeman (an encounter specialist played by Subbaraju) chosen by elders in the family. He then goes to the venue of the engagement and creates a big ruckus only to be arrested and imprisoned. Shaken by this incident Chanti develops a deep dislike of girls. That is when another Anjali (Mannara Chopra) enters his life. The rest of the film revolves around whether Chanti falls in love with her or not, and what role Psycho (Thakur Anup Singh) played in bringing them together.
Puri Jagannadh’s films always contain very powerful dialogues. This film is no different. The film has all the elements needed to make a good entertaining commercial pot boiler. The story is a simple one but the director succeeds in infusing it with a lot of energy.
Interestingly the film starts with the hero in prison and then goes back in time to the incidents which lead to his imprisonment. The tale takes a twist after the hero is released from prison. The twist before the interval is very interesting. Once the character of Psycho is introduced the audience find themselves eager to learn how the story progresses. The whole narration is very fast paced. The post interval session however runs on quite predictable lines and therefore fails to catch the attention of the people. There are no twists and turns here to raise the audiences’ curiosity or interest. Even the climax scenes are routine.
It is more than evident that the director had Ishaan in mind right through. The director shows the debutant hero not only as a good action hero but also one who is capable of performing well in emotional scenes as well.
Performance of the Stars:
Ishaan performed very well. Never did we get the feeling that we are seeing a fresh face. He acted like one well experienced. Among the heroines Mannara Chopra’s character is better developed and more important. Both the heroines look very glamorous and beautiful right through. Thakur Anup Singh’s character assumes significance in the second half. He too acquits himself very well as Psycho. Ali and other comedians do tickle our ribs here and there.
The dialogues bear the mark of Puri Jagannadh right through. Cinematography by Mukesh and music by Sunil Kashyap are very good. The director succeeds in extracting the best from each of the stars including the hero Ishaan despite his being a debutant. The story and narration could have been a little stronger. There is no novelty in the story or the screenplay. The second half is the weaker half.
The Final Word:
“Rogue” is a routine film but a good introduction to a debutant hero.
“Rogue” is rated 2.5/5