Bangaru Bullodu review
'Bangaru Bullodu' today hit the cinemas in the Telugu States. This is one of Allari Naresh's many comedies since his debut in the early 2000s. Let's find out what works and what doesn't in the review.
Bhavani Prasad (Allari Naresh) has his task cut out when his ailing grandfather (Tanikella Bharani) reveals that the family owes the local deity gold ornaments that the latter had misappropriated 26 years ago. The good-hearted hero resorts to deceiving tactics in fulfilling his grandfather's wish. He faces some unforeseen consequences, thanks to a mean loaner (Posani Krishna Murali) and an impatient cop (Ajay Ghosh). He is also in love with Kanaka Mahalakshmi (Pooja Jhaveri), whose dream is to settle down in a rich country.
For Naresh, roles like this one are a cakewalk. This is his comfort zone and he enacts the comedy scenes with ease. However, he doesn't make a mark in the serious scenes, which are actually too many in the movie. Pooja Jhaveri as an atypical woman is convincing.
Ajay Ghosh is somewhat over-the-top. If the likes of Posani Krishna Murali are caricaturish, Vennela Kishore is enjoyable. Praveen as the hero's colleague and 'Jabardasth' Mahesh as his sidekick are so-so. Prabhas Srinu, Sathyam Rajesh, Getup Srinu, Tagubothu Ramesh, Bhadram and others are forgettable.
Sai Kartheek's music is indistinct. It feels like he has been doing it for ages. The remix of 'Swathilo Muthyamantha' doesn't add any oomph factor. Satish Muthyala's cinematography is mediocre.
After an entertaining Sankranthi, what the audience have expected is a first-rate comedy from Naresh. What they get here is a dumbed-down version of the already dumb 'Alludu Adhurs'. Directed by Giri Palika, this film has everything that is so 1990s. Veligonda Srinivas' dialogues reek of old-school vibes.
After 'Maharshi', Naresh was expected to be seen in a mature comedy. 'Bangaru Bullodu' was okayed by him before the release of that Mahesh Babu movie. Even if you account for it, the actor shouldn't have accepted this gagfest. To put in mildly, his Grameen Bank employee's character has to be one of the most boring characters he has ever played in his career.
When the film doesn't revel in banal sentimentality and melodrama, it stuffs its proceedings with inane tropes. Getup Srinu's character wouldn't have been there had the comedian not become famous for playing female roles in 'Jabardasth'.
The love track is mildly funny and that's more so because of Vennela Kishore and how he is fooled around by the hero. Pooja does have a role in the story but her scenes are half-hearted.
The characters of the cop, the two useless brothers in the hero's family, the bank manager (played by Prudhvi), and the greedy loaner (Posani) should have been milked to generate grave situations. But the director is not interested in any of it.
'Bangaru Bullodu' is an undercooked comedy with outdated elements playing a spoilsport.