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A 'Feel' That Never Even Starts
APK | January 14, 2007
Rating: ** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Prabhas, Nayanatara, Sharada, Mumait Khan, Chalapati Rao, Chandramohan, Venumadhav, Ali, Rajan P. Dev, Subbraju, Pradeep Rawat, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Suneel and Others.
Action: Stun Shiva.
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy.
Dialogues: Rajendra Kumar.
Editing: Gowtham Raju.
Music: Ramana Gogula.
Screenplay & Direction: VV Vinayak.
Producer(s): Sudharshan Reddy & Chandrapratap Reddy.
Presenter: P. Ravindranath Reddy.
Banner: Eshwari Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release Date: 14th January, 2007.
VV Vinayak rose to the Big League of Telugu directors with Tagore and recently Lakshmi. He had his share of disasters-Chenna Kesava Reddy, Samba and Bunny. Prabhas last film Pournami bombed at the BO. Lot of hopes are pinned to their latest, Yogi. It is apparently a remake of a Kannada movie Jogi, and also based on a true story. Unfortunately, Yogi doesn't live up to any expectations.
Plot: Eshwar Prasad (Prabhas) loves his mother the most. So after the death of his father, he deserts her to find work in the big bad city, Hyderabad. Here we have gangsters, 'glamorous' rowdies et al. He works hard and buys two gold bangles for his mother and prepares to go back. In the meantime he saves the lives of two gangsters (Kota Srinivas Rao and a handicapped man) from another, Saidulu (Subbaraju). This turns into a gang war, and Prasad unintentionally kills Saidulu's brother (Pradeep Rawat). From Prasad he turns into Yogi, supposed to save the poor man with his weapons (How? Don't ask). In this whole mess, his mother is searching for him in the city. She is living in the house of a journalism student (Nayanatara) who is infatuated with him and wants his interview for her project. All this intertwines in the end, which is not really the end because VVV declares that it is 'A Feel That Never Ends'.
Story, Screenplay and Direction: The script is not consistent, neither is it up to the mark. Very hazy and imprecise. The screenplay is interesting in the beginning, but later it turns out silly and unbelievable. The transformation of a simple village boy to a potential rowdy is not plausible. The fact that Yogi's brute strength and his violence would be the savior for the poor man in the city is the height of glamorizing violence. Yogi becomes a hero just because he kills a well-known goon, that too unintentionally. The script has too many flaws, and doesn't convince the viewer.
The comedy tracks by Venu Madhav, Sunil and Ali add some relief to the monotone of the script, but nothing note-worthy. It looks like it has been made to elevate the lead actor, but that doesn't work either. The chemistry between the lead pair is zilch, there is no romance or anything related to that.
The scenes leading to the build-up of the hero's entry definitely arouse the audience interest and curiosity. But the revelations do not sustain the interest levels. The climax drags a lot. The ending could have been touching, but by then the script has completely fallen flat. The mother-son sentiment is nothing we did not see before. But the fact that he leaves his mother without telling her, and then stabs a man for enraging him (all for gold bangles) fails to make sense.
Prabhas: His dialogue delivery has always been debatable. But even the so-called sentimental scenes have no scope for him, as they get silly. From an innocent villager to a violent personality, his makeover is not credible.
Nayanatara: Too much make-up, too few scenes, though she has potential her role is not well-written or developed.
Kota: He delivers whatever is expected out of him, as we have seen in a hundred other movies he stars in. Kota's physically challenged henchman and the actor who plays Sidulu (Subbaraju) does justice to their roles. Sarada over-acts and over-reacts. Venu Madhav and Ali are somewhat the saving grace of this flick, even though their humorous track is insufficient, and Sunil, MS Narayana are wasted.
Song and Dance: The songs are average, and the picturizations are nothing unique. Mumait Khan sizzles in 'Orori Yogi' and 'Mee Illu' is peppy and lively.
Last Word: Before this movie, we did not know that educated girls fall for rowdies, and that rowdism can be used to save the poor. The whole concept with the intermingling of a true story simply doesn't work. Yogi's 'A Feel That Never Ends' doesn't start to feel at all.