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Shankar Dada Zindabad Review

Shankar Dada Zindabad
EDITOR RATING
6.0
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NA
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NA
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Good for kids
NA
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NA
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NA
At least for most Hyderabadis, watching Shankar Dada Zindabad will make it seem like they are watching it again. They know everything that's going to happen, and they are going just because there's Chiranjeevi in it.

Indeed, Shankar Dada Zindabad is a frame-to-frame remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai, which was a cult hit, running about 115 days in Hyderabad - a huge feat for a Hindi movie - which means a large number of locals would have seen it, given that almost every Hyderabadi speaks Hindi.

So there is simply nothing to look forward to for the average Hyderabadi in the film, except Chiranjeevi and the aura surrounding him. Even the audiences don't seem as excited as they normally are in a Chiranjeevi film - there is simply no sense of anticipation.

Everyone knows the story. Shankar Dada is in love with Jahnavi (Karishma Kotak - and yes, even the heroine's name hasn't been changed), a radio jockey, and, to get close to her, presents himself as a Professor of Gandhism to her. When she asks him to deliver a lecture on Gandhism, he needs to sit day-and-night in a library reading about Gandhi, until he starts hallucinating under the stress and starts seeing Gandhi.

Gandhi (Dilip Prabhawalkar) advises Shankar Dada to follow the path of truth if he wants to win over Jahnavi, but Shankar Dada doesn't do it until things reach a head when his enemy Rajalingam (Sayaji Shinde), a land shark, threatens to expose him to her. He then confesses to her himself, leading to her dumping him.

With Gandhi's help, however, Shankar Dada becomes a hit agony-uncle RJ, as his solutions on air to people's problems, based on being upright and tolerant and forgiving, start working like a charm. He soon fascinates and wins the love of an entire city, who all take to showing love to Rajalingam to persuade him to change and return a house he's grabbed from some old people.

Make no mistake - it's a good movie, and if it were an original film, it would have been one of Telugu's best, just like the original is one of Bollywood's best. It's just that once you know something is not original, you kind of don't respect it, even if you get entertained by it. Just like several people lost respect for it after discovering the huge hit song Manasa from Munna was a copy, but still listen to the song. (Well, at least Shankar Dada Zindabad has never claimed to be original.)

The movie will however take an extremely good message into the nooks and corners of AP, given Chiranjeevi's reach. Some fraction of people, whose decisiveness about what they consider practical has still not overtaken their malleability, still change by watching movies, and perhaps "Gandhigiri" will find following in interior Andhra.

Chiranjeevi is of course good, but doesn't appear like the Chiranjeevi in a Chiranjeevi movie. Most of it has to do with the plot and the character - this is a concept movie, not a "Chiranjeevi movie" - but somehow some of the usual energy and spark appears missing. Yes, it closely matches what Sanjay Dutt did in the original, but if that was the idea, there was no need for it to - Dutt won no popular awards for his portrayal despite the movie being such a hit.

Karishma Kotak is good in her performance, even if not conventionally good-looking. Srikanth as ATM is good, too, though there are not too many scenes here that make you guffaw confidently. Dilip Prabhawalkar reprises his role in the original as Gandhi, and it's expectedly cakewalk for him. Sayaji Shinde is his usual energetic self.

The music is good - Devisri Prasad may just about be able to deliver more than his best-case-scenario of one hit per movie. Good Morning Hyderabad is particularly impressive. After listening to the song before the release, you'd have expected a more artistic picturization on it - something like the songs in Jaan-e-Mann. This is just a normal Chiranjeevi dance routine.

There's not much to talk about anything else like direction or dialogues, since this is basically a translation of the original. Let's hope the next Shankar Dada film will be a completely original script.

Shankar Dada Zindabad is worth a watch for those who haven't seen the original, and still worth it for Chiranjeevi's fans.
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  • Cast
    Chiranjeevi, Srikanth, Karishma Kotak, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Sayaji Shinde, Sada, Venu Madhav, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Sarath Babu... And Pavan Kalyan
  • Music
    Devisri Prasad
  • Director
    Prabhudeva
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Ramone Raja on 19th Oct 2007, 1:47am | Permalink
Chiranjivi...sincere advice...please retire from movies while there is some dignity left. This one took away 75% of whatever eas left from your last few movies. While you are at it, please ask that idiot monkey boy Pavan Kalyan to retire as well. You guys should learn from Nagababu. He is the only one from your family who has maintained a dignified presence with the kind of roles he choses.
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2
Bramhi --software Engineer on 9th Oct 2007, 4:45pm | Permalink
Prabhudeva intha siggulekunda cinema theesthadani i didnt expect..abbey..ila ayithe how..aa cut copy paste lu pettekadiki mottham cinema ne telugu lo dub cheyacchu ga.. chiranjeevi ila thayarayyadenti...baga hit ayina cinemalani thiskuni chestune untada ika...venki ye nayam..over action chesina story at least kotthaga undela manage chesthadu.
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4
Anji Babu on 6th Sep 2007, 12:20pm | Permalink
hai chiranjeevi iam anjineyulu
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10
Okka Magaadu on 20th Aug 2007, 3:24pm | Permalink
entho kashtapadi ticket koni lopala kurchunte akkada screen mida lage raho munnabhai same to same chupisthe untundi chudu aa feeling..aaha..cheppalemu..adi sariponatlu konni scenes ki direct ga dubbing pettesadu..aa prabhudeva gadini ****** @#@# $$%^$%#$% %%^&!*()* ****
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4
Rahul on 4th Aug 2007, 10:20pm | Permalink
I am not against remakes by any means - we have Anil Kapoor and Salman - the King of remakes in Bolywood - but even they have decency to change the storyline atleast a little to fit the people they cater to. Shakardada, by a long shot - misses to be a classic and is merely a frame-to-frame xerox copy of the original. Wasted movie opportunity for the Mega star. :(
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4
Anonymous on 1st Aug 2007, 11:15am | Permalink
Dumbest movie. Though I am an ardent fan of chiranjeevi, and having seen the LRM for almost 10 times, my opinion is that this the dumbest movie chiranjeevi has ever acted. My advise to chiranjeevi is not to do any more remakes and if he wishes to do one he has to wait 6 long yrs for Munna Bhai Chale America to release. Do an original movie and for god's sake dont mention about politics in your movies.
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2
Chiru on 31st Jul 2007, 6:41pm | Permalink
Copying movies (hindi/tamil) is the scret of success for chiranjeevi these days! Wht a CopyCat!!
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2
Rama Krishna Mungalla on 31st Jul 2007, 1:49pm | Permalink
I am his fan and your review is fine and i havent watched the movie yet.
RATING
8
You Name It on 31st Jul 2007, 12:34am | Permalink
Can't belive how pathetic this movie is. Chiranjeevi and Karishma Kotak are not even close to Sanjay Dutt and Vidya Balan from the Original.
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2
MASS on 30th Jul 2007, 12:24pm | Permalink
SHankar dada zindaaabaaad........hhhhoooooohhhh haaaaa hhhhhhhhhhhoooo... haaaaa
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10
Saikiran on 29th Jul 2007, 9:01am | Permalink
whatever may be the ratings and reviews. again i failed to get a single ticket.
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8
Vineet on 29th Jul 2007, 5:34am | Permalink
bullshit
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2
Priyanka Rao on 29th Jul 2007, 12:14am | Permalink
Now, seems the producer/Chiranjeevi has invested in buying Fullhyd.com also.
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2
Balu on 28th Jul 2007, 7:34pm | Permalink
Excellent.........
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10
Kumari Jairam on 28th Jul 2007, 6:06pm | Permalink
Chiru 's SDZ IS INDEED A GOOD FILM BUT DIALOGUES ARE POORLY WRITTEN.
THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN ORIGINAL WILL ALSO LIKE THIS
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6
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