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Attharintiki Daredi Review

Attharintiki Daredi
Kritika Deval /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
The story began before the beginning. It began with the all-consuming war between the average Telugu citizen's all-consuming passions of politics and cinema (the latter passion Machiavelli-ed all over the place when bits of the movie were leaked). Then came furtive (not!) calls to black-ticket dealers. Out came the money saved up for a new outfit the "Pawanism" cult decreed. Queues to the ticket counters took over the streets of Hyderabad. Barricades went up as the Establishment sought to hold back the wave of the religious fervour of fans. And, finally, the fan made his way to the coveted seat.

And thus the show began.

The plot, of warring families and the thin line between intense love and intense hatred in a father-daughter relationship, is one that has been dabbled in before, for instance, here and here, and countless other times. Trivikram, thankfully, doesn't mess (too much) with the formula. He just adds Pawan Kalyan to it. Tollywood buffs will tell you about how that automatically "makes everything to the 'Power' of infinity".

Gowtham's (Pawan Kalyan) grandfather Raghuram Nanda (Boman Irani) is a steel tycoon in Milan, who hasn't had any contact with his daughter Nanda (Nadia) in years. Unable to see his sickly grandfather torn up over this any longer, Gowtham flies down to Hyderabad to try and machinate a reconciliation.

As he "hides" behind the guise of the family's driver, Siddhu, and worms his way into the heart of his lovely maradallu (there are two), he finds out that the family closet hides more than one skeleton.

Now it is upto him to make a chink in his aunt's steely armor, untangle the tangled lives of his cousins, pick one for himself, protect his aunt's family from unscrupulous businessmen, and do it all with his trademark blend of style, charm, and humour (please forgive us if we're getting the star and the character mixed up).

Simple enough a tale, but Trivikram makes it his, mostly with his zany, intelligent, and more-or-less relentless, sense of humour. While the highlight of the movie is probably the hero's entourage, whose job is to do everything for the billionaire-pretedending-to-be-chauffeur while making it seem as if he's the one doing it all; several other filler characters with well-etched backdrops add to the tale in ways that are as surprising as they are hilarious.

As is with most good comedy, your ability for belief is stretched, but at no point abused. Insane plot twists, like elopements within an elopement tale, or butlers-turned-Ugandan-millionaires (Brahmanandam) returning to cause elopements, invite you to laugh with them, rather than laughing raucously as you stare in bewilderment.

While no film on which the star's lines shine down is complete without a couple of cracked skulls, these cracked skulls are obtained with minimal jarring of senses, making Attarintiki? a movie you can safely take children with violent tendencies to without fearing that they will run to nearest pickaxe and scythe store from the theatre.

Feminists can relax too. While the movie still doesn't recognize women in general as real people, all of the leading female characters, including Nadia, Pranitha and Samantha, get well-etched, interesting personalities and plotlines actually necessary to the movement of the story.

Pawan Kalyan, as usual, delivers a performance as casual as it is effortless, shifting from buffoon to rich dude to man-on-a-mission, and never once giving up on the upper hand.

Pranitha is adorable as the innocent and empty-headed Prameela, and Samantha does justice to her role of Sasi, Prameela's snappy and spirited older sister.

Nadia is wonderful as the unyielding daughter who hates as hard as she loves. Boman Irani is the penultimate father, giving Prakash Raj a serious run for his money.

It is, however, the comedians, including Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Raghu Babu, Ahuti Prasad, and several others, that keep you watching long after you've stopped caring about the father-daughter plotline.

The screenplay teases and rivets, and if it has a tendency to linger and smell the flowers, it makes up for by immediately giving you something new to think about. The cinematography is just as interesting as the screenplay, the camerawork matching Trivikram's vision frame for frame.

While the background score is as fun as the rest of the movie, the songs are more or less routine, with the hero's intro track being the least required.

Verdict: There is something about watching a film on a 70mm screen through a haze of newspaper confetti, barely being able to hear the lines over the din of crazed fans, and having to make a run for the gate (after the movie) to avoid overzealous reporters, that completes the experience of watching a movie in Hyderabad. When the in-between is as much fun as the before and after, what's not to like?
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  • Cast
    Pawan Kalyan, Samantha, Pranitha, Boman Irani, Nadhiya, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ali, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Mukesh Rishi, Rao Ramesh, Raghu Babu, Ahuti Prasad, Brahmaji, Hema, Srinivas Reddy, Hamsa Nandini (special Role), Mumtaj (special Role)
  • Music
    Devi Sri Prasad
  • Director
    Trivikram Srinivas
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Sri on 11th Oct 2013, 10:18pm | Permalink
Bad movie.The comedy track with Brahmi is irritating.The story is not at all good.
THere is one scene in movie which i felt vey bad.
Hero making his men carry his shoes.Man what kind of message you are giving .Is it waht so called Pawanism
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
viswanath on 2nd Oct 2013, 12:20pm | Permalink
i will see this film 3 times this is very good &supper move
pk on 11th Oct 2013, 11:59pm
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deepak on 17th Oct 2013, 8:17pm | Permalink
a Masterpiese from Trivikram and enjoyable ride ..
Siva on 1st Oct 2013, 6:09pm | Permalink
Super Hit movie irrespective of all reviews I felt one thing when I heard the song "gaganapu vedi vedi valasa bandi poina neeli mabbu(Atta-Nadia) kosam kadilinda tanaki tane aakasam(Power boy-PSPK) paradesam its awesome people watch movie as movie first I agree there are many cinematic liberties are taken in this movie but as per the character played by PK is not seen yet in any movie that much bigshot he is (Atta says tank fill chepincha mante daddulu kuda adagalani teliyani vadu PK) Trivikram justifiedmovie afterlong time a movie with Action,Music,Family story,comedy and Power packed performance by PSPK and great emotional touch which is missing nowadays in telugu movies .
cherry on 4th Oct 2013, 4:52pm | Permalink
Saradhi on 30th Sep 2013, 11:12am | Permalink
Good Movie. Can watch it once. It has its drawbacks also. First, all songs are picturized with same group of artists. Climax railway station purchase is really funny. More dragged scenes. On the flip side, Nadia is excellent. Although she doesn't have a significant hit in her early career, she rocks the screen at this age. I liked Praneetha more than samantha. Good songs, good dialogues. However, it is an expected ending which has already shown in several movies.
ram on 15th Oct 2013, 3:55am | Permalink
boring and worst music has given...
music is backdrop for this movie.
GoKo on 2nd Oct 2013, 11:04pm | Permalink
Now that the movie itself is quite an entertainer, there is no second thought about this movie being a hit. Good and just entertaining movie. Nothing to write about Pawan.

But very sad movie for Trivikram. He going the same way as Puri J. Into the drain. Write some punch dialogues, then glue some story around them and insert few random foreign locations as songs. What a pity Mr. TriV.

Secondly, the neo rich portrayal of human behavior portrayed by Pawan is a dangerous trend. People will start acting like him and think its cool attitude. It is a sick attitude. But who is going to tell them anyway.
Ramanamurthy Kolli on 4th Dec 2013, 1:04pm | Permalink
You seem to be justifying everything.. You tell me how do you justify ( or even your Trivikram) a scene.. The hero helps the heroine by putting the Back Open Jip(or Zip) where the heroine is in / from a family of Super Rich and the Hero is Driver.. What justification is given and if you can't call it a non-sense?

Pros: Only hype is created by buying all the reviewers it seems
Cons: The Wealthy People will become further pampered if you take this fit for nothing movie seriously
ramarao on 19th Jan 2014, 9:40pm | Permalink
When i heard it created record i thought it must be an excellent movie. I watched recently and i am no fan of anybody. The lousiest, filthiest ,most irritating most unrealistic movie i ever watched. Trivikram has put a big cauliflower in the ears of telugu audience whose iq is below 20.
zumba on 22nd Oct 2013, 10:59am | Permalink
what a nice paid review ! I would like to know how much you get paid to write a piece of crap like this.
the editor on 22nd Oct 2013, 7:30pm | Permalink
@zumba: we have been asked this question earlier, and you'll get some hints here:
critic roshan on 27th Oct 2013, 2:27am | Permalink
shows us a lame response in some thread and chickens out
Sage on 1st Oct 2013, 7:08am | Permalink
The reviewer should have put a disclaimer "This is written by a hardcore PSPK fan". Honestly there is nothing in the movie to be rated 8.5.

No where near Trivikram's class. Julayi was much much better.. I wonder for how long people would like to watch the same old "SLAP" comedy.. its sad to see Trivikram standards going down.. really disappointing..
Arun on 3rd Oct 2013, 6:44pm | Permalink
Cant agree with you more bother/sister. Would you believe that I came out of the theater during the last half hour of the movie?
Srini on 1st Oct 2013, 1:47am | Permalink
This review seems like .. it is from a diehard fan of Pawan.
Not upto Trivikram standard..
Compared to this.. Julayi looks like a masterpiece.
Kris on 30th Sep 2013, 11:39pm | Permalink
Nowadays critics are pandering to star power and fan power...and hence a hi-power review for this low power movie..simply put you will laugh 4-5 times in the first half and 9-10 times in the second half that too mostly when brahmanandam comes..that too bcos the other jokes were extremely poor... the review is at least 1000 ft above the reality..when you watch it...there are countless times when you fell..restless, bored, disinterested, sleepy and unattached to the it only if you have nothing else on earth to do...
truth on 1st Oct 2013, 3:07pm | Permalink
@Reviewer: i understand u r forced to write these false and hype creating reviews.
Another horrible movie motivating to stop watching telugu movies. Ingridients of the movie : Artificial comedy, no humor, always slap to make audience clap, just dragged the movie with unnecessary sub-stories which are not related to the main story , Pavan kalyan's overaction, stupid punch dialogues. Trivikram's style is no where found.
raj on 27th Sep 2013, 10:22pm | Permalink
Best family entertainer
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