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Takkari Donga
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
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
It's time to put your blinders on and try to see this bucket of chocolate mousse called Mahesh Babu as he... er... makes a stunning debut as a tough cowboy in a role bound to put Clint Eastwood and John Wayne to eternal shame. You might have to stretch your already inelastic imagination a wee bit to see Mahesh Babu fill their shoes, but what the heck... we've seen worse!

The flick is an out-and-out Western, with saloons, pretty babes, rednecks and gunfights crawling out of the woodwork. Everyone mistook this movie's story to be that of Mackenna's Gold, but it isn't. And thank God for small mercies!

What the flick is, of course, is an attempt to showcase chocolate boy as a Tough Macho Hero, and unfortunately for everybody, Mahesh Babu looks like a lovelorn kid dressed in cowboy pants to cheer himself up.

The story? Oh, well - Babu is an El Bandito who has a reward on his head which is still smaller than his ego. So in order to massage the latter and increase the size of the former, he commits a couple of daring crimes which cause his market value to zoom a couple of notches and also serve as a vehicle to showcase his talent for jumping in and out of trains, horses and various other forms of transportation.

During his escapades he meets a Chica Bonita pretty girl Bipasha, who is a crook herself. The squint-eyed Bipasha and Mahesh Babu then hog about thirteen reels of film in a whole grab-bag full of comic capers and unnecessary songs.

Then after a while Lisa Ray makes her entry, and we soon learn there are a secret map, a diamond valley and some crooks, too, in the flick. As also some revenge, a little bit of flashback and other inane stuff.

The film is pretty okay and holds your attention for about 5 minutes, after which the whole Western thing gets a bit tedious and all you are wishing for is to see some songs and college scenes set in Switzerland - the deviation from the normal diet can't be withstood by us weaklings. But for the strong-hearted, this is a fairly decent movie with some slick production values. Looks like the script writer spent an ample amount of time watching and taking notes from every cowboy flick to be churned out of Hollywood. This is no spaghetti Western - it is a full sambar Western. Great effort, though - now if only we could work on the hero's southern drawl. Howwwwwdy pardnnnerrrrr!

Mahesh Babu is kinda okay, but you have to make a great effort from bursting into giggles each time you see him act tough. Yeah right, bring it on buddy! The town he is supposed to be from, in this flick, is called Pulusupoodi - oh sorry, pasalapaadu. As for the babes, they can't act for all the love of the Lord, and remain what they are - babes.

Director Jayant appears to have put in a commendable effort to throw up this flick, and seems to have roped in some great camerawork and screenplay while he was at it. This film may not be Dirty Dozen or A Fistful Of Dollars, but it does make for a nice change to watch all the actors get their spurs on and act tough. So what if you can't stop smirking?
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Critic 1 on 29th Mar 2002, 5:57am | Permalink
Smriti's review is excellent...watch the movie just for the babes...
RATING
4
Jamal on 27th Mar 2002, 10:36pm | Permalink
Hi Jr.Krishna..This name brings you the luck and superstardom..after this pathetic flop of the year.
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2
Raja Mark on 11th Mar 2002, 10:38am | Permalink
i hope that he is the best actor
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2
Kondaiah Kallu on 5th Mar 2002, 12:29am | Permalink
Mahesh..give some pocket money to your superstar father krishna..cause he is torturing people with stuff like CHANDRAVAMSAM.
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2
Deepak on 2nd Mar 2002, 11:01am | Permalink
Jaynath Spoiled the movie
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2
Vijay on 28th Feb 2002, 11:34pm | Permalink
The worst and very boring movie
RATING
2
Hari Nadh on 26th Feb 2002, 2:35pm | Permalink
What a stupid review by smriti Kashyap. I think he must have improve writting skills. This is a bad propaganda. Enta yetakaramu kakapote pasalapaadu ki pulusupadu antaaru ?
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8
Ashwin Susarla on 24th Feb 2002, 9:19pm | Permalink
see its one of the real good movies i've watched in recent times the last one being nnnachchav
its such a relief to see someone who can act at a time when so called "heroes " like u-a-k-r-n can't utter a dialogue!!!
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8
KrishnaKumar on 22nd Feb 2002, 1:15pm | Permalink
What a stupid review by smriti Kashyap.I think he has to improve his writting skills.He does not know about hopw to review a movie.He has to consider the budget of the movie and type of the picture.One reviewer in this page(I have to check the name) has rightly mentioned about the qualities of the movie and compared with Sankarabharnam.I agree with him
RATING
10
Ramesh J on 22nd Feb 2002, 12:38am | Permalink
If you want headache this movie is the best choice
RATING
2
Ravi on 22nd Feb 2002, 12:37am | Permalink
Parama Chetta Cinema...Very boring movie
RATING
2
Krishna Kanth Maliipaddi on 21st Feb 2002, 1:55pm | Permalink
A real movie that i have seen Telugu cinema.Most of the movies in these days we are watching are not having any qualities of movies.They are like Dramas(Stage plays).A movie should be visually good.If the message of the movie is given through dilagues,it should not be considered as a movie.The director,artists and other technicians should express their ideas by visually making the movie as brilliant.Considering allthese qualities,i feel "Takkari Donga"is a wonderful film that the Telugu film Industry has produced after"Shankarabharanam".Very rare experiment done by Jayanth and his team.I donot know about the commercial success of the film as i am staying inChennai city.I guess there is a devide talk about the film.There is no doubt about the quality of the film.Mahesh has done wondetful job.If we consider the number of films he has acted and compare his action,ifeel he will rule the Industry within 1-3 years.
RATING
10
Murari Mukka on 21st Feb 2002, 2:15am | Permalink
Too much of technical wizardy and no stuff...very very bad movie...i want my ticket amount back...mahesh r u listening????
RATING
2
Madhu T on 18th Feb 2002, 11:13am | Permalink
oftenly we are not seen like this movie. The effort made by the unit is good. watchable movie
RATING
4
Raj on 18th Feb 2002, 1:18am | Permalink
Worst Movie
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2
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