Mar 1, 2014

"Basanti" Movie Review

Brahmanadam Son Gautham's "Basanti" Movie Review

Starring: Gautam Raja,Alisha Beig,Ranadeep Ghatla, Naveena Jackson
Director: Chaitanya Danthuluri
Producer: Chaitanya Danthuluri
Banner: Start Camera Pictures
Music: Mani Sharma

Basanti Movie Story: 

Arjun (Goutham Raja) a happy go lucky guy, falls in love in the first instance with Roshini (Alisha Baig). From that time with the help of his friends Abbas (Ranadir) and Swathi, Arjun starts following Roshini. Being a good with heart Arjun always helps people in need, that's how unknowing Arjun helps Roshini's grandmother. From that time they start liking each other. But things turns around when Roshini confirms her P.hd studies in London. In the meanwhile, Gaazi a renowned terrorist comes to Hyderabad to save their leader Barbar from High Security Prison. On the eve of Basanti college Farewell party Terrorists attack Basanti College and capture 80 students as Hostage. Why did Gaazi attack Basanti College? How will Arjun help his friends and make their friends escape? Will Roshini accept Arjun's proposal forms the rest of the storyline.


Raja Gautam delivers a subtle performance and he is impressive in the act. He gains command on dialogue delivery and surpasses his performance from previous films.

Alisha Baig looks good and she is a mediocre performer. Ranadir is impressive, Tanikella Bharini is convincing, Sayaji Shinde is interesting, Dhanraj is wasted. Others were adequate.


Direction is fine. Chaitanya Dantuluri could have worked harder on the script to cover the loopholes and make it original. Cinematography is neat. Action sequences were reasonably average.


Basanti takes off well and the cast Gautam, Alisha Baig keeps engaged with decent performances. Chaitanya Dantuluri executed the first half neatly with refreshing scenes. Interval block is impressive and raises expectations on the latter half. A couple of twists in the second hour are impressive but the proceedings move at slow pace. Also with too many cinematic liberties like a college student attacking the terrorists without weapons lacks realism approach. Such forced heroism scenes could have been avoided. The film has been set in a strong backdrop and audiences will expect a gripping screenplay but the film lacks the needed strength at crucial scenes thus failing to make it a memorable one. Nevertheless, Basanti has its moments with some impressive dialogues and the director makes an honest attempt unlike opting for commercial elements and formulaic approaches.

A decent attempt, but could have been much better…