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Race Gurram
Ravi Kandala / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
8.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Surender Reddy is a brilliant director - no, make that absolutely brilliant director.

Now allow us to tell you why - Reddy knows that today's heroines cannot act like those of the yesteryears. So he writes a female character that keeps all her emotions inside and has a blank face on the outside. And Shruti Hassan, not having much to do, gives her best performance ever.

Jokes apart, Race Gurram is your typical summer entertainer. It has a star with a good-looking girl, a badass villain who will kill people with no hesitation, an awesome loving family that can always be targeted to corner the hero, well-shot songs which pop in at random timings, a couple of heavy action scenes, loads of comedy, and all this topped up by a dollop of Brahmanandam. And it turns out that the dollop is the tastiest part of the dish. But more on that later.

Race Gurram is about two brothers - Ram (played by Shyam - out comes the poet in us) and Lucky (Allu Arjun). Their mother prays that the two behave like Ram and Lakshman, but reality is that the two don't see eye to eye and can't stand each other. Ram is a sincere and upright police officer while Lucky is a happy-go-lucky sort.

One of their usual quarrels spirals out of control and leads to Lucky stealing Ram's police vehicle. This sets in motion a chain of events involving a rowdy-turned-minister Shiva Reddy (Ravi Kishen). How these events result in an all-out war between Shiva Reddy and Lucky forms the rest of the movie. This could also be rephrased as, "How these events are twisted beyond all realms of logic to ensure that Brahmanandam gets his few minutes to make us all laugh out loud forms the rest of the movie".

There is a dialogue in Dookudu where Brahmanandam says "Vaadukunna vaadiki vaddukunnantha". This is absolutely true for Race Gurram. Surender Reddy plays a smart card by filling up every frame with ample entertainment. He uses Allu Arjun's energy and comic timing, Shruti Hassan's dancing skills, Prakash Raj's emoting chutzpah, Manoj Paramahamsa's cinematography gifts and, above all, Brahmanandam's comic genius, to churn out a safe entertainer that the audience is likely to lap up like crazy.

The one place he goes terribly wrong is in the placement of the songs. The numbers are all shot brilliantly and showcase some amazing dancing by Allu Arjun and Shruti Hassan, but are so terribly slotted that you will end up groaning every time a song pops up on screen. The other groan-inducing thing about the movie is its length - how one wishes Telugu directors would realise that a 163-minute movie, no matter how entertaining, can get onto your nerves.

This Race Gurram runs all over the place, but in the end, crosses the finishing line before all other horses. There are just a couple of fights in the movie meaning the violence is really toned down. You can safely bet your money on this one this summer.
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  • Cast
    Allu Arjun, Shruti Hassan, Prakash Raj, Suhasini Maniratnam, Bramhanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Mukesh Rishi, Shaam, Saloni Aswani, Ravi Kishan, Ali
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    Thaman S
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    Surender Reddy
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
susroth reddy on 13th Apr 2014, 5:21pm | Permalink
Brahmi as kill bill pandey is awesome..Too bad he comes in too late and stays for too few scenes.
Other than him there is nothing good about this movie. Allu Arjun was OK.Shyam needs to do something about his lip sync.He is 5-6 films old now in Telugu so he needs to get it right.The villian was terrible.Sruthi Hasan and Prakash Raj ham it up a bit.Music is OK.Its best to leave our logic at home when we come to see the movie
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Pasya on 28th Nov 2014, 11:55pm | Permalink
His name is Shaam, not Shyam. His original name is Shamshuddin.
dimpu on 6th Aug 2014, 6:57pm | Permalink
good film
shipravimala on 6th Aug 2014, 6:58pm | Permalink
nice
the best guy on 8th May 2014, 6:26am | Permalink
this movie deserves a 10
the best guy on 8th May 2014, 6:25am | Permalink
this movie is just awesome. my favorite telugu movie. you people that are giving it a 2 are freaks.
sumanth232 on 19th Apr 2014, 4:16pm | Permalink
Ravi Kandala sir...you have become very generous these days ... :p
Race gurram deserves a 2 rating to be honest
RATING
2
susroth reddy on 13th Apr 2014, 5:21pm | Permalink
Brahmi as kill bill pandey is awesome..Too bad he comes in too late and stays for too few scenes.
Other than him there is nothing good about this movie. Allu Arjun was OK.Shyam needs to do something about his lip sync.He is 5-6 films old now in Telugu so he needs to get it right.The villian was terrible.Sruthi Hasan and Prakash Raj ham it up a bit.Music is OK.Its best to leave our logic at home when we come to see the movie
Uday on 13th Apr 2014, 2:27am | Permalink
Surendar Reddy is capable of much much more. What we get instead is what we have now seen in a gazellion movies already. Tollywood needs to really get rid of these 'time pass' movies.
Kireeti Bheemavarapu on 12th Apr 2014, 10:11am | Permalink
Apart from Brahmanandam , there is nothing worth mentioning in the movie. Terrible music!! Thanks to Thaman, not even a single lyric is audible. Story is dragged all along testing your patience. A good for nothing damsel as heroine, Wasted superficial Prakash Raj, Unused Mukesh Rishi. Even Allu Arjun who did seem a promising actor irritated in this movie using the word "Devuda" dozen times or more.

+ points : Kick Shyam, Posani, Ravi Kishen, Brahmanandam.

Better watch on youtube or DVD

P.S: I bought a ticket in black on the first day and was wondering why I didnt eat a Biryani or Shawarma instead.
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