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Shakti Review

Shakti
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
5.0
6.5
7.5
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
Well, at the very least, the awesome choreography is back.

At the end of all the drumroll, fanfare, conch-blowing, blood and gore in Meher Ramesh's latest, NTR Junior's celebrated genius for dancing is one of the few things you get to rejoice about. Shakti is a film that straddles in one breath the Da Vinci Code, Chandamama, Iron Man, Magadheera and what have you. And chokes us.

Shakti boasts of imposing sets, a multitude of characters, an ambitious zeal to talk religion (with its intricate delving into the concept of the Goddess' Shakti Peethas), and plenty, plenty of "action". The result is a noisy, loud canvas so crowded there's very little space for, well, entertainment. And sometimes, sense.

The flick begins with a grotesque flashback of how the Egyptians, led by a weirdly-named evil queen (Pooja Bedi), want possession of a super-powerful totem that "will bring all their mummies back to life". Then, it jumps to a point in the present in India, where Aishwarya (Ileana), the daughter of India's home minister Mahadevarayulu (Prabhu) sneaks out of home to holiday with her friends in north India. On her trip, she's being forced to be accompanied by the rough and boorish Shakti (NTR Junior), a tour guide.

Thanks to a royal lineage, Mahadevarayulu is responsible for protecting the Jwalamukhi (a Dan Brown esque cryptex that houses a huge gem) and the Rudrasoolam - both wanted by the manic Egyptians - so the villains now want to net Aishwarya in order to get to their goal.

The plot is populated by way too many things to remember - the religious artefacts, the people who own them, the people who covet them, the people who broker them. Plus, the significance of these objects, what they will bring to life, how they must be used, when they must be used.

Logic is given a miss sometimes. How did the people trapped inside the holy cave come out of it even after the audience was told it wouldn't open for another 20 years? What was the deal with the queen gouging out the eyes of her son and replacing them with the ones of her dead husband?

Essentially, many times, the flick spends most of its time setting the stage for something big... and then tearing it down with a lengthy fight. There's no drama, no emotion, no romance, and in general, very little point.

And no histrionics, either. NTR gets to be his star self only in his intro scene-cum-fight-cum-song, and in the rest of the movie, he's basically only decimating people. Ileana sits pretty in a role that calls for her presence only for the song (one of which, by the way, was being chopped as we were watching the flick). The lady's one insider joke moment, in which she drools over Salman Khan's posters of Wanted, a remake of her own blockbuster, goes unnoticed.

Ali has a sizeable presence in the first half, but Venu Madhav and Brahmanandam are utterly forgettable. Nasseer, Prabhu, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood and everyone else do what we usually see them do. SPB eloquence personified in his brief role.

Pleasing cinematography, including visuals of Rajasthan's deserts, the snow-capped mountains of the north and a replication of the surge of humanity at the Kumbh Mela. Manisarma borrows a couple of tunes from Khaleja, and, in all, whips up a foot-tapping collection.

Watch it if you've cleared your schedule for it, but that would be an unfortunate excuse.
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  • Cast
    NTR Junior, Ileana, Prabhu, Ali, Jackie Shroff, Pooja Bedi, Sonu Sood, Brahmanandam, Balasubrahmaniam, Manju Bhargavi, Venu Madhav
  • Music
    Mani Sarma
  • Director
    Meher Ramesh
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for dates - No
Wait to rent it - No
murali d on 10th Apr 2011, 11:27pm | Permalink
avoid it
RATING
2
Sri on 5th Apr 2011, 4:59am | Permalink
To call this movie absurd is to insult absurdity. If Kantri and Billa gives Meher Ramesh misguided confidence in his abilities, it is understandable with what misplaced success can do to people. But, what were Mr. Dutt and Tarak thinking when they made this joke of a movie? Fantasy and Mythology make an interesting topic, but to execute it well still needs a story.

Pros: None
Cons: Everything
RATING
1
Vishnu on 3rd Apr 2011, 8:51pm | Permalink
60-70 Crores unnappudu producer daggara..koncham sensible movie cheyyochu..infact..this movie is kind of Deja Vu..but still the writer/director can do some more hard work to make it more appealing. Its absolutely a torture to watch. Deviputrudu, Anji ilanti Socio fantasies choosi kooda..if people are not learning from their mistakes is a laughable thing. Even NTR body language indicates that he is totally not convinced with the kind of role he played in this one. Action sequences are poor.. Guns avi unnappudu..koncham intelligent ga design cheyyochu.. Songs are ok. Dubai scenes anavasaram..so are Egypt scenes.. Ikkadey evo settings vesi..could have saved some tonnes of money..Finally.. Totally disappointed

Pros: Locations, Dances, NTR
Cons: Screen play, story
RATING
2
anon_critic on 1st Apr 2011, 9:57pm | Permalink
It took flops like Boss and Don for Nagarjuna to give up on dirs like VAditya and lawrence. Jr NTR, hopefully will take a leaf out of that and be more careful with his choice of directors. If Kantri was a poor cousin of Pokiri, this one is a poor remix of a number of recent movies, most noticeably Magadheera. Sadly, the makers have chosen to release a bad movie like this in Tamil, and without doubt, this will only give the so called tamilian intellects more opportunities to put us down. The producers extravagant spending and Jr NTRs tremendous energy, brilliant dances are just not enough to save this movie. Logic leaves in the first few frames when you see puja bedi removing her son's eyes and that gives an indication of things to come. The rest of the movie lives up to it. What was Brahmanandam doing in this movie! Sad to see a director underestimating the intelligence of the audience so much! Its upto NTR to save his fans in future

Pros: visuals, Jr NTR
Cons: everything else
RATING
4
akasa ramanna on 1st Apr 2011, 9:39pm | Permalink
I hope you are going to post an april fool afterwards ! This is one of the worst movies ever made !Definite 2 !

Pros: bullshit
Cons: whole movie
RATING
2
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