Superstar Krishna has acted in more than 300 films and his stardom isunquestionable so is his legacy. But how many of Krishna’s films can be called as memorable and stuff of ages? May be not even 5 percent though the success ratio should be in healthy 40 percent. Why am I reeling all this when I am supposed to talk about Dookudu? Well, my point is Dookudu is a film which will make money to its producer and generate mass hysteria for the time being but it adds nothing to the cause of Telugu cinema. It remains as one profitable venture which regaled its patrons during its run and nothing other than this.
For the starters, Dookudu is a hotch-potch mix of various films which have been brought under one story after a great deal of stirring and churning. May be it would be better for the director-writer combo of Srinu Vaitla and Gopi Mohan to list out their source films than to take the entire credit for the screenplay and story. But one thing which I have to admit is that Dookudu entertains.
To summarize the story in a nutshell, Prakash Raj who was a people’s leader went into coma after a brutal accident, comes out to consciousness after 14 years and to keep him happy, his son Mahesh Babu, a trigger-happy IPS officer, enacts a drama in a bid to keep his father happy. In that process, Mahesh also singles out the traitors who have cheated his father and extracts vengeance.
Mahesh stands out as a director’s actor by sometimes playing second fiddle to MS Narayana and Brahmanandam. He gave a splendid job with his amazing comic timing and diction. When he says “POLICE”, it brings out the confidence and ruthlessness which ought to be there in a cop. His scenes involving Prakash Raj were good too.
Samantha played the love interest to Mahesh and scored well in the introductory sequences. But the director conveniently played a Ghajini with her by forgotting about her role in the second half. Prakash Raj is accustomed for this kind of portrayals and the audience expects nothing less from his other than extra-ordinary performance. The villain in the form of Sonu Sood looked dashing.
The rest of the cast, Nasser, Chandra Mohan, Bharani, Dharmavarapu, Sayaji Shinde, Kota, Subbaraju and others made their presence felt in their short roles.
After Mahesh, Dookudu belongs to the towering performances of MS Narayana and Brahmanandam. They rocked together in the film and they proved that they still are like old wine. Together they rocked Dookudu.
There is not much to brag about the technical departments as none of them stand out. One word should be given for Music Director, SS Thaman for giving good background score which lingers in the mind. Especially the usage of “Ram Naam Satya Hain” reminds one of “Govinda” theme from RGV’s “Sarkar” and yet lingers in the mind.
All-in-all, Dookudu is a paisa-vasool film which provides for a perfect family outing. Go for it as it might become so very stale after a gap of an year or two.