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Dohchay Review

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Sudheer Varma directed Swamy Ra Ra earlier. In that movie, he talked about how he brazenly lifted from every movie he liked. In Dohchay, his second feature, he goes a step further. Take the scene in which Manikyam (Posani Krishna Murali) walks into the house of one of his stooges who's stolen money from him. He holds the wife and sister of the stooge hostage, and calls the latter and asks him to come home. And while waiting, they are watching Kshana Kshanam on TV, where a master (Paresh Rawal) who has planned a bank robbery for two months is bitching about how a stooge has stolen it all in two minutes, and Posani is acknowledging empathetically.

Or the scene where Chandu (Naga Chaitanya) watches someone watch the placard holding scene from Love Actually. And someone reminds him that it is the heroine's birthday the same day. In the very next scene, he appears outside the heroine's house holding placards with exact translations of the placards from the scene in Love Actually. So now Sudheer's actually lifting scenes after telling us where he's lifting them from - no question of any of us pointing an accusing finger there!

Apart from these minor inspirations, Dohchay plays out like an inspired version of Swamy Ra Ra. A small conman falling in love with a beautiful girl, chancing upon big money, getting involved in a big stakes game and emerging the winner - the plot is totally familiar. All it does is play out in a different manner. So is it as much fun as Swamy Ra Ra? The answer is an unfortunate no.

Dohchay suffers from convenience - the hero knowing what to do in every situation somehow does not ring true. It would've been more fun if he were cornered and then walked out of that situation rather than the master of the game at every stage. Also, when you show us an entire stunt involving parkour, you should put in more effort than showing long distance shots making it amply clear that it is not the hero doing those stunts. Similar is the case with a bike chase - it goes on for so long and it is so clear that it is a double doing it, that the chase fizzles out.

What Dohchay has going for it are some good comedy sequences and some slick plotting - we do not figure out how the director's going to tie up all ends together. The performances are decent. Naga Chaitanya hasn't improved one bit from his previous outing - meaning he's neither excellent nor terrible. Kriti Sanon's voice is dubbed by Chinmayi, and your mind keeps going Samantha.

Technically Dohchay is top-notch with some good cinematography and decent music that plays along in the background without interrupting the flow of the film. The movie has been wrapped up in a tight budget, but that constraint never shows up on screen - we surely need more producers and directors like these.

Dohchay is an okay one-time watch if you are not too finicky about the movies you watch. And if you are the picky kinds, Uttama Villain is right around the corner.
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  • Cast
    Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Kriti Sanon, Brahmanandam, Ravi Babu, Posani Krishna Murali, Pooja Ramachandran, Rao Ramesh, Sathya, Praveen
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  • Music
    Sunny M R
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  • Director
    Sudheer Varma
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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The Common Movie Goer on 26th Apr 2015, 11:32pm | Permalink
I had mixed feelings watching this movie. While I wasn't bored at any point in the film, the story didn't excite me too much either. This film lacks the edge that suspense action thrillers should have.

You can see every twist coming, but you feel like playing along anyway. The court room scene is funny and the performances from the actors aren't too bad. BGM is excellent and mostly of the electronic kind.

The only disappointing thing was that the second half is directly copied from a telugu short film titled Nau Do Gyarah (9-2-11). Since I had already seen that film, I didn't have that surprise element going for me. This is on top of the fact that it is predictable for regular movie goers as it is.

Definitely worth watching once, if you have time to kill. Certainly not a masterpiece. My rating is 6.5/10.
milk boy on 25th Apr 2015, 3:28pm | Permalink
If my dad was a hero maybe I would have become a big star now
Sharmila Misra on 25th Apr 2015, 7:11am | Permalink
This movie is very entertaining and keeps the audience engrossed. The photography is picturesque. Songs and background music kept up with the rhythm. Sudheer's direction is fresh, stylish, and unique. This movie is not for audience who are family story or item-song fans. Very decently and tastefully done. All the actors did a fantastic job. One cannot guess what happens next. I felt captivated with intrigue. I wish I got to hear the complete villain song. Great job, Sudheer.
Jo on 24th Apr 2015, 2:44pm | Permalink
Movie Review : Dochey - A mass (wannabe) entertainer in which everyone robs everyone else...

Two masked guys rob a bank.
Then they plan to rob their boss off his share.
The boss kills yet another henchman of his, who robbed him of his money. And that thread continues...
Hero robs innocent/greedy people off their money.
He then robs the money from the aforementioned bank robbery.
Then the boss robs the hero off his hospitalized father and sister.
The hero then has to rob someone else to get them back.
Enter Brahmi as Tempting Star Bullet Babu... the obvious bakra.
The hero and heroine try to rob the new bakra but their real target is someone else... And the robbery doesn't end there..

The movie robbed us off pure entertainment.
The distributors robbed us of our money.
The hero was robbed off all kinds of skills - acting, dialogue delivery, dance - you name it, he doesn't have it frown emoticon
Heroine is mostly robbed off her clothes wink emoticon

And without stealing much of your time, let me summarize :
If you ignore Naga Chaitanya in this movie, it might be a decent watch. Song are decent. Kriti looks pretty and tries her best. Brahmi disappoints..
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