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Magadheera Review

Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
There's no shortcut to live up to hysteria of the magnitude that Magadheera has generated. Indeed, that flashy cameo by Chiranjeevi - the genesis of that delirium - is not just a desperate ploy to grab eyeballs. It is only the cherry on the cake.

Yes, there's more to this one's recipe than just that special appearance and an electrifying remix of a '90s hit borrowed from papa's opulent archives, and Ram Charan Tej has help from more than just Daddy. To bag a golden hen is one thing; to actually make it lay golden eggs, you've got to take as much help as you can get, which comes mostly in the form of the industry's official ATM - Rajamouli, the man who's been delivering hits when he's not been delivering superhits. Daddy's coat-tails help in more ways than one.

Magadheera sees Ram Charan Tej, in his bid to arrive in the industry, pick from a catalogue of routines that you thought were dying a slow death ever since Shekhar Kammula entered the scene.

Some of them are implausible stunts that someone of the likes of Srihari is great at peddling, like maneuvering himself on an airborne bike 20 feet up in the air, jumping from a rooftop onto a fluttering helicopter and then carrying on an entire fight sequence inside the aircraft, single-handedly taking on an army of a hundred men and finishing them off, with a graphical show of the limbs and heads he chops - the works. Then there are some others, like rising up to the occasion and feeling up the heroine's navel when duty beckons, in the songs.

Harsha (Ram Charan), his lover Indu (Kajal Aggarwal), and Indu's wicked bava (Dev Gill) are a set of characters who have all been re-born to finish a love story that came to a rude pause 400 years ago. Currently, Harsha and Indu are getting together in a cute romantic track that comes about when he realizes there's an inexplicable spark he feels when he touches the hand of this girl he 'almost' meets at a bus stop.

Meanwhile, Indu's father is the legal inheritor of a palace in Udaigarh. But his nephew (Dev Gill) is way too evil to stop impaling lawyers who attempt to file a case against him. The nephew sets his sights on Indu now, and this leads to the drama that spills over from four centuries ago.

Magadheera is the kind of movie in which you know what happens a few minutes before it happens. For instance, when the villain is rushing stealthily at the hero with a ten-foot spear, you know that ultimately it's the villain that the spear's going to go through. It's also the kind of movie that is keen to surpass your expectations in its own way - the spear finally goes through two men together, not one.

However, it's engrossing enough to keep you glued, down to the last song and the last frame. The film begins with the director pounding Charan's lineage into you, with the song, the special appearance and the in-jokes. It then moves on to the modern-day romance, with the second half being reserved for the period drama.

The visuals are well-done, though there is a lot of computer-generated mumbo-jumbo, both in the stunts as well as the classical Rajasthani settings. Sometimes, it looks like Rajamouli's trying too hard to please.

Ram Charan, though riding the wave of someone else's superstardom, clearly wants to make sure he's worth all the noise. He uses his fascinating jawline to great effect when he smiles, he's very athletically built, he looks regal on a horse, and he tries out a lot of his father's dance moves. However, he's not a full-fledged actor yet. He doesn't have enough spontaneity to carry a scene forward all by himself, and he flounders with the big words - a big letdown in the history narrative, when the rest of the actors are busy being fluent. Plus, there are too many stunts and violence, however, and the hero ends up being very ridiculous a lot of the time.

For Kajal, this is one great career move, and pushes up her league by several notches. She has great screen presence, and her impish looks are an asset to her well-turned out acting skills.

Dev Gill has a role that reminds you of Sonu Sood in Arundhati, and he does justice to his role. Srihari has a powerful role, but his language just seems funnily out of place in the flashback. Most of the rest of the cast can take some time to register in your mind, owing to the costumes, but the performances are good.

As for the music, none of the songs matches up to Bangaru Kodi Petta, which itself is being considered a vanilla offering. However, it has all the makings of a certified chart-buster now, and Mumaith Khan can now proudly take part of the credit. The rest of the songs are alright, but the slow-paced title song is also well-done.

On the whole, Magadheera is a well-spent couple of hours. And oh, watch your hips as you get out of the theatre - that dance step is highly infectious.
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  • Cast
    Ram Charan, Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill, Srihari, Sarat Babu, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Hema, Mumaith Khan, Chiranjeevi, Kim Sharma
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  • Music
    M M Keeravani
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  • Director
    S S Rajamouli
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
suresh on 11th Sep 2017, 8:00pm | Permalink
First of all movie review by deepa is not intelligible to masses .Is she a technical writer or content writer. what is bava ? is it telugu or english review. Not only bangaru kodi petta all songs are melodious . Well nepotism very well exists among the members of this site.
Portuguese Man-of-War on 12th Sep 2017, 9:18am | Permalink
hopefully the site will take note of your comments and lower their standards to meet yours hereon.
Kala Bhairava on 17th Jan 2013, 11:29pm | Permalink
What an insipid review of a great movie...Deepa sees fragrance as a chemical reaction on the receptors of the nose and a wonderful visual as a photochemical stimulus on the retina..and thinks she is very incisive...
The songs are a super hit and how could you pass of "panchadara bomma" into a just ok bucket..
Whats so wrong with a spear passing through two bodies, its quite possible and I heard Tipusultan ripped of two heads at a time with his sword...whats has gone so wrong in that...
The entire tone of the review does not give the movie the least respect it deserves for as great a movie as it is..
This being a period movie with a medieval theme how can you not expect stunts and violence..what were you expecting, when you heard MAGADHEERA...a Mr.Bean??
roop on 25th Jan 2010, 3:02pm | Permalink
Its technical wonder with good direction and decent acting skills potrayed by Charan and CO. Must see movie for more than once.

Pros: Everything
Cons: Lacks comedy a bit.
ziaulhaq on 15th Jan 2010, 10:30am | Permalink
excellent movie.ram charan acting is superb
Mungalla Rama Krishna on 18th Dec 2009, 4:34pm | Permalink
Superb Action & Overall Technical & Non-Technical Part

Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
underthunder on 29th Oct 2009, 3:52pm | Permalink
This movie is worth a watch atleast two times for the normal movie-viewers and a lot more for enthusiasts. The flashback episodes are mind-blowing and only that adds to the repetetive value. Rest of the movie is above average.

Ram Charan is the most apt protagonist for this movie. He has excelled in the extra-curricular ones like dancing, fighting, horse-riding, etc. He is good in emotions. His dialogue delivery was not good and at-most average. Kajal is beautiful. Srihari is good. Background score is very good. Songs are very good too.

The movie would have been a sheer classic if a better script was developed in the first half.

Pros: Ram Charan, Brilliant flashback, Background score and Visuals.
Cons: Above average first half, average climax.
Krishna on 24th Sep 2009, 9:26am | Permalink
Entertainer that's definitely worth watching. Charan's got the moves, Kajal's got the looks, music's got he grooves and the film's got plenty of "oooh". It's ridiculous to compare this with 300, Troy or Gladiator. Just enjoy it for what it is guys.

Pros: Story, screenplay, choreography in Bangaru kodi petta and the 100 soldiers fight scene.
Cons: Brahmanandam is wasted and last half hour gets tiring.
Maharshi on 24th Aug 2009, 3:17am | Permalink
Mr. Kumar after reading my whole comment you have just got attrated to only the word stupid. i said pointless comments on this movie is a stupidity. When ppl down here were busy talking abiut the budgets and comparing with hollywood movies, i gave actual figures and facts about that, and how come idi u dint even mention it when u were mentioning about what i wrote.
Engolkar Kumar on 22nd Aug 2009, 6:11pm | Permalink
What do you mean by "stupidity". You mean all who are commenting this movie are stupids except you. Dont be in superiority complex.
MAHARSHI on 17th Aug 2009, 1:44pm | Permalink

Hi to all the ppl out there who are very eager to comment on this movie.
This is MAHARSHI, soon u will see this name on the screens too. I really got pissed off seeing all the stupidity happening in this section. Why are you ppl comparing this with 300, Troy or something else. This is a pure Telugu movie which is made on very less budget when compared to those you ppl are mentioning
TROY - $175,000,000
300 - $70 million.
GLADIATOR - $103,000,000
MAGADHEERA - $9-10 million (approx)

Now here are the numbers clearly. Now tell me how one can make movie of such standards with this much budget. In the given budget, Rajamouli did a marvellous job. If you say that scenes were copy then copying the scenes of that calibre is difficult and he made it. Once again hats off to all the technicians.
If you people have that much interest in movies, start appreciating gud movies and try to stop piracy.

Pros: second half, flashback, fights, technical brilliance and good acting
Cons: first half
RJ on 3rd Jul 2012, 3:19am | Permalink
lol piracy will NEVER stop,go #$k urself
Engolkar Kumar on 17th Aug 2009, 9:05am | Permalink
Ingua Sharma, Kishore is the owner of this site.
venkatesh.golla on 13th Aug 2009, 11:18pm | Permalink
I enjoyed a lot; this is the right movie for movie lovers, Rajamouli is superb. Friends we should not compare Hollywood movies 300, Gladiator and Troy with this. Those are very big budget films with excellent technicians than this; we should proud about our technicians, with the Indian cinema standards it is really good and I hope soon we will reach the standards of Hollywood.
About acting of Ramcharan it is OK, Guys!! after all it is his 2nd film so we should not expect much than this.
andrus on 13th Aug 2009, 7:46pm | Permalink
its a gr8 movie in recent days....
Naani on 13th Aug 2009, 1:16pm | Permalink
Very Very Good Movie

Pros: Past story
Ravi Ingua on 12th Aug 2009, 9:40pm | Permalink
By the way who is Kishore?
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