‘Race Gurram’ Review: Daavudaaaaa
Posted on Apr 11
Cast: Allu Arjun, Shruti Haasan, Shaam, Ravi Kishan, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam
Story: Vakkantham Vamsi
Producers: Nallamalapu Srinivas & Dr. Venkateswara Rao
Screenplay-Direction: Surender Reddy
Censor Certificate: U/A
Run Time: 163 minutes
Release Date: 11 April, 2014
Theater watched: Prasad’s screen-6
‘Race Gurram’, directed by Surender Reddy, is an action entertainer in family backdrop. It has Stylish Star Allu Arjun and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. Shaam has played an important role of hero’s brother while noted Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan has made his debut in Tollywood as a villain.
Ram (Shaam) and Lakshman aka Lucky (Allu Arjun) are brothers. Ram is a sincere ACP while Lucky is an irresponsible guy. They both hate each other to the core. Shiva Reddy (Ravi Kishan) is a rowdy sheeter with political aspirations. In order to kill Ram, Shiva Reddy’s men attack Lucky by mistake. Then the story shifts from ‘Lucky vs Ram’ to ‘Lucky vs Shiva Reddy’. Rest of the film deals with how Lucky puts an end to Shiva Reddy and his chain of illegal businesses.
Allu Arjun has delivered his career best performance in few scenes of Race Gurram. He has showed improvement in his comedy timing. However, his trademark dances are missing to disappoint his fans. Shruti Haasan is okay. She has danced well, in fact, better than Allu Arjun in ‘Dum dum dippa’ song. Shaam’s role is almost equivalent to that of Bunny’s. His performance has given weight to Bunny’s character. Tollywood found a new villain for commercial films in the form of Ravi Kishan.
Brahmanandam played a crucial role called Kill Bill Pandey. He managed to entertain in the last 15-20 minutes in spite of weak climax. After a very long time, Prakash Raj has done comedian. He is just okay as heroine’s father. Posani once again repeated his magic as a state Home Minister. Comedians like Venu, Sreenivas Reddy, Jayaprakash Reddy, MS Narayana and Thagubothu Ramesh are wasted. Mukesh Rishi and Tanikella Bharani are okay.
In spite of time tested plot, Vakkantham Vamsi has added a fresh flavor of rivalry between two brothers to his story. His dialogues are too pale. Surender Reddy’s direction is a total disappointment. In fact, Race Gurram is his worst work among the six films he has directed so far. He tried to adapt Srinu Vaitla’s style of screenplay but miserable failed in his attempt.
Thaman’s music has already become a super hit. But he has dropped Race Gurram to bottom level with his poor background score. While Ravi Kishan is the onscreen villain of Race Gurram, editor Gautham Raju is its off screen villain. 163 minute length is a mere torture. Cinematography is average. I expected more from Manoj Paramahamsa. Ram-Lakshman once again played with their favorite toys called Tata Sumos. It seems they have worked parallel for Race Gurram and Legend. They have shown us Balayya in Bunny. Visual effects used for action sequences are poor.
A horse can be efficient and energetic. But it can win the race only when its jockey is skilled. Race Gurram is ridden by an unskillful jockey called Surender Reddy. So it ran at a snail’s pace. Title of the film is Race Gurram. But the screenplay is not racy throughout the film.
Surender Reddy wanted to impress all kinds of audience with Race Gurram. But he came up with a product which surely disappoints all sections of audience. Comedy, action, family sentiment and what not? Every aspect of Race Gurram is forced. Surender Reddy followed typical Srinu Vaitla’s format. Shruti Haasan’s ‘different’ characterization reminds you of ‘Banti Janaki’ from Baadshah. Hero making someone bakra in order to achieve his goal – Bunny successfully utilizes Posani and Brahmanandam. The latter’s police character is a straight lift from Baadshah. Audience got irritated while the word ‘Raspect’ was used for n no. of times in Rowdy. Same is the case with ‘Daavudaaaaa’ in Race Gurram.
Race Gurram has infinite illogical and meaningless scenes. Surender Reddy’s creativity has gone to peaks to show Shruti’s character differently. He could have maintained the same levels of creativity to make her fall in love with Bunny. A brainy hero’s character works when his opponents too use some brain. The problem with Race Gurram is – except Bunny, no one has brains right from Delhi High Command to AP media. So the high command gives ministership to an MLA who unknowingly saves a kid’s life. The media makes an MLA popular over night as if they have no other important news to cover. However, Surender Reddy has shown some mercy on Shaam and gave his character a bit of brain. Hence the scenes between Allu Arjun and Shaam are little interesting.
In spite of infinite silly mistakes and boring scenes, one reason prevents you from stepping out of the theater. That is Allu Arjun. Bunny has given his best to make you sit throughout the film. He slightly changed his body language to be natural as a middle class irresponsible youngster.
Race Gurram is a result of Surender Reddy’s over confidence. This Bollywood aspirant has to brush his knowledge on basics of film making. ‘Daavudaaa’ is Bunny’s echolalia in Race Gurram. Ironically, audience feel the same after watching this flick. A bad film may sometimes become a commercial hit due to star power. Do Allu Arjun has that kind of image which can turn a flop content into hit? I don’t think so.
Film Circle Rating: 2.5 on the scale of 5