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Style (Telugu)
EDITOR RATING
3.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
If you are an average person (and face it, you are!), you’ve probably seen every cliché that Telugu films have to offer by the time you are 12 years old or 6 years old, whichever comes earlier. To simplify the process even further, Style is an attempt to put them all in one movie for quick reference – the only thing missing is an index at the end.

Yes, Style has so many clichés, we had to watch it 4 times to count all of them. The movie is basically a filler between its beginning and end, and looks like it’s been written by a student for a college creative-writing competition – a kid who’s just discovered that there are patterns in films’ stories, and who’s thrilled he’s able to write just like that.

The story starts with Ganesh (Prabhudeva), a totally talented dancer, getting his legs amputated in an accident, and getting jeered by his vicious competing dancer Anthony. Now someone once said something about situations like this, though who or what we cannot recall right now. Ganesh cannot either, and so he decides to commit suicide.

But just in the nick of time his sister Priya (Kamalini Mukherjee) intervenes and tells him that it’s easy to commit suicide but the real challenge is to continue living – something you experience first hand as the film progresses for 2½ more hours. So they decide that he should tentatively continue staying alive so they can search for a disciple who will take Anthony on in the National Dance Competition instead of Ganesh.

This turns out to be Raghava (Raghava Lawrence), a brilliant dancer who has to work as a sweeper at a dance studio located at Vizag. If you are wondering why, well, it has to be located somewhere, right? One day he is fired from the school by the teacher for stopping a student Shruti (Charmme) from going topless in public. This is one scene where the audience are totally moved and involved - they whole-heartedly support the teacher.

Anyway, Raghava then decides to start his own dancing school in the complex where he lives, but soon it is demolished by government authorities as part of road-widening, leading to major heartbreak for him. That is the only important moral of this whole story – that you should not start a dancing school before it gets demolished.

Luck however favors him when he is featured on Dance Baby Dance on TV and is seen by Ganesh, who immediately takes him in as his protegé. In between, there are two totally irrelevant sub-themes, which blend as much into the story as… actually, the way the screenplay has been handled, anything would blend into this story, including the early adolescence and pimple problems of King Kong. One sub-theme is a flashback involving Raghava’s mother, and the other, some ill-fated flirting with him by Shruti who’s actually in love with Raja (Raja).

The high point of Style – indeed, its raison d’etre – are the dances. Lawrence’s choreography and his own dances are simply awesome, with the song where he impresses the residents of his complex, and the last one, being special highlights. But everything else about the movie is terrible.

The comedy is extremely wannabe and copycat, especially in lingo, of mainstream Tollywood fare. The sentimental fare and the dialogues are so clichéd and trite, it looks like they are making a spoof. You are almost reminded of Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam and his Anando Brahma. This is not a movie – it is a series of brilliant dances that must be in some proper movies.

Lawrence is perhaps even a good actor – with script and screenplay, however, he is clearly out of his depth. Prabhudeva, Raja, Charmme and Jayasudha have no significant roles, though they all do well. Kamalini Mukherjee looks good and gracious. The music is average – there’s no song that stays with you.

There are special appearances by Nagarjuna and Chiranjeevi that add all the more to this one’s tattered script. And the pandering to Chiranjeevi all through the film looks like Lawrence is desperately trying to butter up the big man.

The only reason you’d watch this would have to be the dances - the film itself has no soul. It’s hard to see this one making you last a whole 2½ hours.
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USER RATING
7.2
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  • Cast
    Prabhudeva, Raghava Lawrence, Charmme, Kamalini Mukherjee, Raja, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Kovai Sarala
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  • Director
    Raghava Lawrence
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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STYLE (TELUGU) USER REVIEWS
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USER RATING
7.2
70 USERS
Performances
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Warun Krissh on 19th Jun 2007, 11:27pm | Permalink
waste movie.
RATING
4
HARISH G on 23rd Feb 2006, 7:11pm | Permalink
I couldn't find more than 5 stars for this movie - sorry for that. If you've a heart, you 'll love it. The reason that I liked the movie is it focussed on parental love than the other which the filmdom has already beaten in to pulp. A good tearjerker, and at the same time, a teacher, and a pretty good entertainer. Everything mixed, we get Style.
RATING
10
Krishna on 4th Feb 2006, 10:20am | Permalink
Irritating movie but watch it for the mind-blowing dances
RATING
4
Samba Sivarao on 29th Jan 2006, 6:44pm | Permalink
total film concentrate on dance
RATING
4
Susmi80 Indian on 23rd Jan 2006, 3:32pm | Permalink
Dances numbers are very good. Dont bother about the review.
RATING
8
Rajanikanth Inavilli on 20th Jan 2006, 11:59am | Permalink
I was literally mesmarised by the dance nos from Prabhu Deva & Raghava Lawrance.

Don't worry about the above review, just go and enjoy the dances......Raj
RATING
10
Babu Aarya on 18th Jan 2006, 4:13pm | Permalink
Good work.
RATING
8
Style on 16th Jan 2006, 1:17pm | Permalink
If Style can inspire a reviewer to write such a beautiful piece, why shldn't we watch it???
RATING
10
Style Dance on 16th Jan 2006, 10:58am | Permalink
The highlights of movie are the dance sequences of Lawrence, and mostly the entry of Mega Star Chiru
RATING
4
Telugodi Style on 16th Jan 2006, 10:48am | Permalink
Don't belive the review, the movie is excellent. Go and watch it, you will enjoy the movie.
RATING
2
Kk Vasu on 14th Jan 2006, 3:08am | Permalink
this is the worst review I have ever read. This movie is about beat and dancing.
RATING
10
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