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Attharintiki Daredi Review

Attharintiki Daredi
Kritika Deval / fullhyd.com
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
Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
cherry on 4th Oct 2013, 4:52pm | Permalink
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 .
deepak on 17th Oct 2013, 8:17pm | Permalink
a Masterpiese from Trivikram and Pawan..an enjoyable ride ..
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 AD...how 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 dialogues...one liners n punches were received with claps...theatre 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.
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.
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.
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