Cast: Nitin, Mamta Mohandas, Shashank, Sindhu Tolani, Ashutosh Rana, Duvvasi Mohan, Brahmanandam, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Ajay, Supreet and Others. Action: Ram-Laxman. Cinematography: Vijay C. Kumar. Editing: KV Krishna Reddy. Music: Chakri. Story, Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction: Ravi C. Kumar. Presenter: K. Atchi Reddy. Producer: Venkat. Banner: RR Movie Makers. Release Date: 27th June, 2008.
After a decent movie like Samanyudu, this amateurish attempt at a movie about land mafia comes as a real downer. Victory has perhaps two good moments, and the rest of the movie has to be tolerated than enjoyed or appreciated. Director Ravi C. Kumar's last attempt is so much more low-key, but in terms of story, content, focus, screenplay and performances it was a hundred fold better. Victory has Nitin showing off his six pack abs. And little else.
Plot Viji is living his life when his family and a thousand other families are affected by a land grabbing that takes place. The culprit is MLA Devaraj and it's a huge scam-but the problem is that he is getting away with it. Determined not to let that happen, Viji wants everyone to unite against this anti-social element. People are too scared, but Viji and his gang are made to take action. The rest of the story is about how they bring the bad guy to justice.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The story has nothing new to offer. Land Mafia, MLAs, Ring Road, International Airports and a bunch of guys fighting out the system. Charmante. The performances are so amateurish that one wonders whether there was a prompter right there, giving cues to each character throughout the movie. The music is not good either. The scene composition, screenplay and editing are all done half-heartedly.
Mamta's track starts off like this: she places an ad in a matrimonial site and Viji's parents place his. The girl and the guy's parents are in correspondence. But Viji doesn't know of it, and this girl follows him around and then tries to make him say that he loves her. Then for a long time you don't see the girl, and suddenly she appears again. There's really no logical ending for the love track. One wonders what the point of the matrimonial site was-maybe a sponsor? There's a song full of them, from Idea to RS Brothers, whether used for the effect or as sponsors, one cannot be too sure.
The first half has nothing much happening. Some land mafia fights, this half-baked love track, Sindhu Tolani's (who plays a news reporter) friendship with Nitin and gang and stray characters and tracks (MS Narayana and Brahmanandam) who have little to do with the main plot. The second half you keep hoping will pick up and not till the last 20 minutes does something really happen. And nothing we haven't seen before sadly. At least if it was done well..but the taking is so amateurish that it's surprising (if you know that the director has experience and his last flick was very watchable).
Performances Nitin really needs to slow down on his dialogue delivery. His six packs are in place, and he has even worked on his dance. But he was much better as an actor in his earlier movies, and somehow seems to be neglecting this main aspect with each successive movie. Mamta Mohandas's role itself is badly written, in bits and pieces. She is an able singer, but as a female lead, she needs to hone those skills. Shashank as a shop owner and Duvvasi Mohan with his witty Telangana punches are okay; suddenly their group of 4 becomes 5 post-break and the new member is given no introduction whatsoever. Tanikella Bharani and the rest of seasoned performers are not as effortless in their performance as usual-they seem artificial, and the direction department has to take the discredit mainly.
Music and Dance Copied mostly, including a part of the background score (Don). Lackluster in totality.