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Sarrainodu Review

Ravi Kandala /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
All of us know an age-old formula of making an action film work. Make the villain a monstrously powerful and heinously repulsive guy that the audience wants brutally bludgeoned - when the hero eventually does this, the audience erupts and your movie is a superhit. Boyapati Sreenu knows this formula well - only, maybe at bit too well. And he uses it so much that it makes the audience want to unleash the fury on him instead of on the villain. Indeed, if Sarainodu had a shot of Allu Arjun beating up Boyapati Sreenu, this reviewer, for one, would've risen and pumped his fists in approval.

You'd indeed need some kind of warped or twisted mind to come up with the kind of violence Boyapati shows in his movies. Sarainodu shows a rape scene where the rich and depraved criminal smashes up the girl and ends up killing her, and then says, "I don't care if she's dead, come hold her." We switched off at that moment, and everything that happened after that only served to distance us further from this movie and its sick content.

In another instance, the villain goes to a village with a few hundred henchmen. His goons stab twenty-odd people twenty-odd times each and then throw them in a mire full of slush. One of them then sits on top of a jeep with a knife in hand and goes around slashing the throats of all those who lift their heads from the slush. If this does not disgust you, then Sarainodu can perhaps still find enough of an audience. Fittingly enough, the movie ends with a beheading.

The film does have a plot interspersing all the violence, and here's how it goes. Gana (Allu Arjun) is a veteran who returns from the army and struts around the city delivering his own brand of vigilante justice. He runs into Hansita Reddy (Catherine Tresa), an MLA, and actively starts stalking her in the hope that she will fall in love with him. By the interval, a pretty girl named Janu (Rakulpreet Singh) runs into the frame seeking protection and Gana immediately jumps into the fray. This and a few other incidents lead him into direct confrontation with Vairam Dhanush (Aadi Pinisetty), the son of the state's CM. How this tussle between Gana and Dhanush is resolved forms the rest of the plot.

The film follows the perfect template - intro fight, song, family comedy, fight, song, comedy, song, interval bang, interval, flashback, item song, fight, comedy, melody song, comedy, fight, fast-paced song, climax, beheading, end. The first half proceeds at a decent pace, and Annapurnamma, Vidyu Raman and Brahmanandam manage to evoke a few chuckles. The interval point is actually a decent masala moment that sets the pulse racing.

Once the second half begins, though, it all descends into chaos. The songs come exactly at moments you don't want them to, and the action goes totally overboard. Aadi Pinisetty looks stylish but does nothing except kill really old people. The first time he's in front of Gana, he gets beaten up and thrown into a ditch. The second time, he manages to hold someone close to Gana hostage and beat up Gana for a while before being killed. Hardly any hero elevation here.

It is a surprise that Allu Arjun agreed to do this movie - such mindless violence and mass dialogues hardly suit him. He does his best but cannot make the film likeable. Catherine Tresa plays an MLA like she would play a college girl - albeit one who would wear sarees. Rakul appears in the second half, cries a lot of the time, looks fawningly and adoringly at Arjun for the rest, and lends herself to a couple of songs. Aadi Pinisetty would have made a good villain if only he had a decent role.

Surprisingly, the Censor Board let Sarainodu get away with a U/A after a few cuts and reshoots - apparently most of the repulsive scenes of violence you find in the movie had already been cut in half by the board. We shudder to think then how they were originally.

Sarainodu is abhorrent in its depiction of violence. Allu Arjun, please go back and make a completely formula-oriented family entertainer. We will gladly watch that and its reruns on TV.
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  • Cast
    Allu Arjun, Rakulpreet Singh, Catherine Tresa, Aadi Pinisetty, Jayaprakash Reddy, Pradeep Rawat, Annapurnamma, Brahmanandam, Vidyu Raman, Srikanth
  • Music
    S. Thaman
  • Director
    Boyapati Sreenu
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Kranthi on 21st May 2016, 8:34pm | Permalink
Sarainodu is definetly not a bad movie than brahmotsavam.
Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Kranthi on 21st May 2016, 8:34pm | Permalink
Sarainodu is definetly not a bad movie than brahmotsavam.
rahulsachinsourav123 on 30th Apr 2016, 11:26pm | Permalink
We, Telugu people deserve all such horrendous movies bestowed upon us. Otherwise how on earth this movie collected close to 50 crore share in 1 week?? When will we learn, we will keep making movies like bhadra, Thulasi, simha, legend, sarainodu hit after hit which gives all the courage in the world to gr8 boyapati srinu, to take his next movie to next level of repulsion, violence, abhorence and what not..With the way our audience lapped up this monstrous film, I am already shuddering with the thought of what is next in store for us from Boyapati Srinu's factory. His brain should be put into museum and taken up for research to understand what exactly goes through it.

I thought villain killing his mother for fun in Loafer movie is the most repulsive scene I have even seen and in no time Boyapani Srinu broke that with his disgusting rape scene dialog in this. As someone commented here, it is time for god to stop taking away our beloved comedians one after another and start taking away our directors, however harsh it sounds...
Chandu on 2nd May 2016, 3:23am | Permalink
Nobody can know the actual share of Telugu movies. They can be hiked or reduced as per the wishes of the website owner.
Madhu on 24th Apr 2016, 10:19pm | Permalink
Just like we knew the Leonardo Dicaprio would win the Oscar although his acting was average, I am confident that the producer will be laughing all the way to the bank with this average product. There is another world out there who will not read these reviews or watch it in prasad's but will lap it up in single theaters.
Swaroop T on 25th Apr 2016, 6:29pm | Permalink
World's unfair, isn't it?
JayZ on 23rd Apr 2016, 6:50pm | Permalink
Oh. God...give us back evv,ms narayana,dharmavarapu,ahuti,avs and take puri,vinayak,vaitla,boyapati
Jordan on 24th Apr 2016, 5:27pm | Permalink
You can't be serious about EVV.
Movie Lover on 23rd Apr 2016, 6:45pm | Permalink
I saw the movie. Rape scene wasn't there. Violent scenes describe arent there. I ennjoyed the movie. Violence was pretty animated, which can be LOLd. Visuals are awesome and songs are good too. It's easily can get 6 to 7 / 10
Jordan on 22nd Apr 2016, 11:44pm | Permalink
In India, our great nation, this stuff happens. You think that the director has some kind of perverted mind to come up with a character like the antagonist in this film? I'd go so far as to say that in our very state (pre-bifurcation), the son of one late chief minister behaved pretty much like that.

As I see it, this is yet another film that our escapist attitude towards films has bred. The formula is that some heinous villain, usually inspired by events not far from reality, is beaten up by our hero Superman.

I like these sorts of escapist films. It's not ideal that the industry churns these out, but I don't care. The masses like it, so it will be made.
JayZ on 22nd Apr 2016, 7:18pm | Permalink
I blame Balayya fans who made Simha a we are stuck with Boyapati for a while..hopefully he is not a Vinayak in the making( makes bad movies but still gets big heroes and budgets) and he turns into another meher ramesh
Maktub on 22nd Apr 2016, 6:07pm | Permalink
Thanks Ravi. I have just cancelled my evening movie looking at the review. I am still unable to come to terms after reading that rape scene description. Visually it would have been much more heart braking to see. What a pity that the idiots of TFI have reduced themselves to such low levels. We already got pissed off with Sardar and now this ! Let me balance my loss by downloading some Korean movie and watch it in silent mode.
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