- Film : Winner
- Cast : Sai Dharam Tej, Rakul Preeth Singh, Jagapathi Babu and others
- Director By : Gopichand Mallineni
- Produced By : Nallamalupu Bujji, Tagore Madhu
- Screenplay : Gopichand Malineni
- Music Director : SS Thaman
- Cinematography : Chota K Naidu
- Editor : Praveen Pudi
- Banner : Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
- Rating : 3.0/5.0
- Release Date : 24 February 2017
Sai Dharam Teja tasted a terrible box office disaster with his last venture “Thikka”. Now he wants to bounce back from that bad patch with his latest offering “Winner”. The film did raise expectations of the trade and the audiences with its trailer. Let us see if it delivers what the trailer promised.
The film has horse races to its background. Sai is a simple fellow leading a simple life when Rakul Preeth Singh enters his life. He falls in love with her at first sight. He tries his best to woo her and win her affections. In the meanwhile he has a conflict with son of Jagapathi Babu and from then on they are at logger heads always. Sai is challenged by Jagapathi Babu’s son to a horse race the condition being that if Sai wins then the other will admit defeat. The hero picks up the gauntlet. What happens thereupon; does Sai win the race; who is Rakul Preeth Singh; why she entered Sai’s life; form the rest of the story.
Any commercial film has certain tried and tested ingredients – action, romance, comedy et al. So does “Winner”. The director fills the first half completely with the romance track between hero and heroine and some comedy tracks as well. But he succeeded in presenting them differently. The way in which the hero woos the heroine is routine but the whole track is quite enjoyable. The comedy scenes are also different from the routine and quite hilarious. The songs are all well timed and quite interesting. Action scenes are full of energy. The bang before the interval raises our expectations of the second half.
The second half is all action oriented. How the hero trains to win the horse race and how the bad guys counter him, some comedy tracks and songs fill this half. Some of the comedy scenes are far too routine and therefore boring. The climax is a real highlight with high energy action. Some sentimental scenes do go well with the audiences.
Sai Dharam looks more stylish than he did in the past. He continues with his energetic acting as usual. His comedy timing is also superb. Rakul Preeth Singh not only looks beautiful but also acts well. Her role in the film receives a lot of importance. Jagapathi Babu is excellent as the bad guy. Thakur Anup Singh who played the villain in “Si 3” comes before the audience once again as the villain at his best. He matched the hero step after step. Other actors in the cast did justice to their characters.
Cinematography by Chota K Naidu is very good. Each frame has its own grandeur. Music by SS Thaman is good, with the background score being excellent. Editing and art works are really very good. No complaints with production values. The director has filled the film with all commercial elements. Those looking for those elements will not be disappointed.
The Final Word:
The winner finally won his girl’s heart and father’s. Sai Dharam Teja is rocking as winner.