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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
surekha on 2nd Oct 2013, 11:09pm | Permalink
I usually read the review on fullhyd before watching a new movie. But with this review, fullhyd has lost its credibility. 8.5 rating for this crap is ridiculous. Strangely i am more disgusted with the review than with the movie.
2power10 on 7th Oct 2013, 10:46am | Permalink
I watched this movie, and found 3 things offensive:

1. The obscenely rich people with large houses, massive dining tables and gigantic swimming pools
2. The obscenely rich hero declaring how rich he is and hinting that that gives him the right to slap his butlers around. Dude, Pawan Kalyan, what kind of an example are you setting for your already rabid and silly fans?
3. Samantha. This woman is fast beating Genelia in the irritating-heroine department. Thing is, she's stopped bothering with the lip sync. The upper part of her face doesn't move. Her pout looks Botoxed. What a bimbette.

The movie reeks of filthy rich people, and this is pretty sickening. AD is a film you can watch on the first day perhaps, with a lot of fans adding to the excitement.
Hari on 6th Oct 2013, 4:33am | Permalink
Just got to watch this movie. What a disaster!!! FH reviewers are usually quick to take out their most scathing and sarcastic pens (or keyboards) out for scenes like the one at the railway station in this movie but nothing seems to be wrong here. What exactly is Mr. Trivikram's thinking? Forget suspension of disbelief. You need to bury it six feet under to wrap your head around this crap. What was all that slapping around ? If you are rich enough you can slap your employees is the message the makers want to convey. Disgusted that my money is also a part of this movie's revenue. This movie is not even worth pirating. What is with FH and big movies? Orange, Teen Maar, Badshah, Businessman
RamanaMurthy on 4th Dec 2013, 12:52pm | Permalink
Excellent Hari... I fully agree with you...
RamanaMurthy on 4th Dec 2013, 12:52pm | Permalink
Excellent Hari... I fully agree with you...
Disillusioned on 7th Oct 2013, 2:13pm | Permalink
I truly cannot believe that this movie was given a rating of 8.5 while Lunch Box got an 8.0. Please tell me that Full Hyderabad has not got sold..........I am fairly disillusioned. Expected better. This movie was, at best, ok. PK was energetic that is about all. Storyline, editing everything else was commonplace. Better than Lunch Box? How the mighty Full Hyd have fallen!
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
Praveen on 11th Oct 2013, 3:11pm | Permalink
Ridiculous Movie and even more Ridiculous review by FH. Shame on your part.
Think of dignity and conscience before writing such reviews.
mahi on 27th Sep 2013, 6:56pm | Permalink
'Attharintiki daaredhi'(AD)---pawan kalyan, the pied piper of masses & trivikram, the wizard of words came together again after jalsa for did it go?...the duo triumphs again... a perfect family entertainer was delivered....pawan kalyan lightened the screen with his energy, looked suave n stylish...pawan kalyan was at his sarcastic best when he uttered trivikram's philosophical n fun mixed liners n punches were received with went animated whenever pawan showed up his histrionics...pawanism at its peak...AD rocks@comedy, action n songs...just go n enjoy the show...???...???...
GoKo on 2nd Oct 2013, 11:06pm | 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 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.
raj on 27th Sep 2013, 10:22pm | Permalink
Best family entertainer
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.
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...
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
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.
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