Feb 15, 2008

Telugu Movie 'ONTARI' Review


Film: Ontari
Banner: Ee Taram Films
Rating: 3/5
Cast: Gopichand, Bhavana, Sunil, Ali, Paruchuri Venkateshwara Rao, Naresh, Rajitha, Shiyaji Shinde, Rajeev Kanakala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Ajay etc
Dialogues: Marudhuri Raja and Bhasha Sree
Art: Venkateshwara Rao
Choreography: Amma Rajasekhar, Nobel
Camera: Sarvesh Murari
Editing: Goutam Raju
Producer: Pokuri Babu Rao
Screenplay-Direction: BV Ramana
Released On: 14th February 2008

Vamsi (Gopichand) is the son of an affluent sari mandir owner Muddu Krishna Rao (Paruchuri Venkateshwara Rao).

He happens to fall in love with a girl Bujji (Bhavana) who is an orphan and stays in a hostel. With the consent of his parents, Vamsi tries to get engaged with Bujji. But she will be kidnapped by a group of gangsters.

The story starts there and what happens next is the rest of the story. If you imagine the climax assuming that hero gets back his heroine after fighting with villains, you will be wrong. The variety has to be watched only on screen.

Gopichand has shown his high voltage performance and echoing dialogue delivery once again. He has good dress sense and all his costumes proved to be in perfect sync with his body language.

Bhavana is ok and appeared appropriate in saris. She looked little stout in other dresses. She is ok with expressions and other histrionics.

Ashish Vidyarthi's villainy is up to the mark. Ajay also played a role among villains but he is yet to find a right break. Comedy track by Sunil and Ali is ok for a few minutes. But on a whole there is no big comedy show in the film.

Others are ok in their shoes. Choreography by Amma Rajasekhar is in tune with the requirement. Mani Sharma's music is not so great. Director BV Ramana's hard work is seen and still he needs to work on sustaining the audiences' interest without leaving loose tangles in screenplay.

The film starts with an action episode and switches to flash back. The series of scenes in the film gives no clue for audiences to understand what is happening on screen till the interval. In other words, suspense is well-maintained till the end of first half. The story wouldn't pick up fast and the first 30 minutes goes with routine dragging scenes. The story really picks up from post-interval. It's a revenge story of a person who suffers from 'visual hallucination'. That's the only variety chosen for this film resembling something on the lines of 'Shankardada Zindabad' and Hindi movie 'Maduhoshi'.

Comedy by Ali and Sunil is well enjoyed by audiences. The antics played by Raghu Babu also were received well. Ontari proves to be a routine movie with action formula. Although there are many loose tangles in screenplay, the effort by Ramana should be lauded for keeping the audiences glued to seats without boredom. The climax fights, the habitual gestures of villains weren't tried something new. They were fixed within in the formula.

The highlight of the film is Gopichand and his performance. Bhavana didn't work really great but her body language suited for the soft heroine role. She proves to be a good artiste but not someone great as expected.

The film on a whole stands to be a minimum guarantee flick with the patronage of mass audiences.