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Lion, a Telugu movie, is not currently screening in Hyderabad.
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  • Cast
    Nandamuri Balakrishna, Trisha Krishnan, Radhika Apte, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Ravi Prakash, M S Narayana
  • Music
    Mani Sharma
  • Writer
  • Director
    Satya Deva
  • Producer
    Rudrapati Ramana Rao
  • Language
  • Genre
  • Release Date
    14th May 2015
  • Duration
    160 Minutes
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The Common Movie Goer on 17th May 2015, 4:55pm | Permalink
TL;DR: Watch the movie with a rowdy gang of friends if you have nothing else to do

The Long Version:

Wow, this movie is bad. Egregiously bad. Except for some unintentionally funny scenes. More on that later. SPOILERS FOLLOW.

First up, for the entire duration of the movie, I felt like I was back in the late 90s when the cinematography plain sucked. Most of the movie suffers from poor production values and has that distinct 90s B-grade movie feel. The graphics are bad and end up looking comical. The script seems to be written by someone who isn't tech savvy but was ordered by the director to "be inspired" by Hollywood movies. All the firewall mumbo-jumbo just ends up getting on your nerves and does not serve the purpose of portraying Balayya like a tech wizard.

Most of the cast looks like they owe the producer a favor and want to get it done with as quickly as possible. Balayya has tried time and again to be the Desi Tom Cruise (read the opening sequence of Vijeyendra Varma) what with his bike stunts and all but c?a?n?'?t? ?m?a?t?c?h? ?u?p? fails miserably here. The romance is insipid and unfortunately makes Balayya look like the lascivious uncle you want to avoid at weddings. Radhika Apte has two item songs, and Trisha has three. Prakash Raj could as well have asked the director to use the same shots that were used in The Businessman. Definitely not Mani Sharma's best work to date. The fight choreography is violent and enjoyable.

The first half goes nowhere. Picks up pace just before the interval and fizzles out before you know it. Indraja and Prakash Raj ham it up in the climax and it's hilarious at places. The only way you can enjoy the movie is if you have a bunch of friends who can make fun of stupid scenes that are asking for it. Otherwise, Balayya is the only saving grace.

Pros: Balayya and some unintentional comedy scenes
Cons: Everything else
The Hindi remakes of South-Indian films are usually ridiculed for being star vehicles. When you see movies like Lion, you know why. Lion's first song has two have-been actors Siva Balaji and Archana singing praises equating the hero to Lord Krishna. Balakrishna, meanwhile, is standing in the centre of the frame soaking in all the attention and doing a step or two in between. The song is there for no purpose other than deifying the leading man who attains godly status by beating up a bunch of goons teasing Archana and lecturing them about respecting women. That the same man refers to two heroin....

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