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Dances Dominate The Story
Aslesha | January 13, 2006
Rating: *** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Prabhudeva, Lawrence, Raja, Charmme, Kamalini Mukherjee, Dharmavarapu, Kovai Sarala, Bhanuchander and Others.
Cinematography: Kabir Lal.
Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh.
Music: Mani Sharma.
Producer: Smt. Lagadapati Sireesha Sridhar.
Story & Direction: Raghava Lawrence.
Banner: Ramalakshmi Cine Creations.
Release Date: 12th January, 2006.
Till the day of the release of 'Style,' one was wondering at the directorial skills of the choreographer-turned-director Lawrence, in shaping the Nagarjuna-starrer 'Mass' as a good hit. But he establishes himself as a competent director by choosing and handling a subject of this kind. Some Hollywood dance-oriented films, like 'Road Dancer,' must have influenced this subject. But converting them to Indian thought and taste is no ordinary job. After watching this movie, one feels that Lawrence can now be surely called a competent director-choreographer. Having another great dancer-cum-choreographer Prabhudeva in the film is an added asset. While the dance parts are intact and appealing, running of sentimental drama in parallel was a challenge for the director, which Lawrence could meet with.
This film can be regarded as a landmark film in the modern filmy dance orientation. But the story written for the film is quite simple, with routine relationships. This is the only way left for narrators of stories on competitions either in dance or in sport. Here it is a person named Anthony who plays villainy in the life of ace dancer, Ganesh (Prabhudeva), because he was afraid of loosing his place to Ganesh. He was already defeated by Ganesh, in a dancing arena. The only way to stop him is to see that Ganesh is crippled to prevent him from dancing. So the villain uses his men and sends him to hospital. But it does not end there. Anthony pokes Ganesh, every time they come across each other. The only way left for Ganesh is to silence him, by seeing his defeat by another dancer, trained by him. In this, his sister Kamalini provides moral support. Therefore Ganesh wants to train a person, who could do that. Thus comes into picture Raghava (Lawrence), working in a dance school doing menial jobs. But he has been a talented dancer with the inspiration of his mother, also a dancer. Ganesh picks him up and trains him in the art and also in teaching how to approach the international arena and become a victor. How he achieves this mission forms the next part of the narration.
The training, exhibition and participation in the competition and so on, result in providing numerous occasions to exhibit the choreographic skills of Lawrence, with a touch of novelty, to attract the masses. There are some experiments too, using the technology of graphics. The cast has other box office names like Raja, Charmme and Kamalini Mukherjee (of 'Anand' fame), but not very much connected to the main theme. Raja is one of the students of the dance school, who falls in love with another student Charmme. But the roles are different. Jayasudha is given a brief role but she offers a moving performance. But the presence of Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna in guest roles towards the end adds to the weight of the film. Prabhudeva impresses more in depicting the plight of a dancer suffering both mentally and physically. Because of the gap between the real intent of the cinema and the presence of the non-dance characters and those in the romantic part look a bit aliens to the general mood of the main theme. Suman and Navneet Kaur are also added to the list of guest roles. Music and photography help elevate the impact of the drama.