January 14, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Tweet Most of the films that comes from Venkatesh's stable is meant to please the masses, when the script is being prepared the recipe is checked time and again to see if the substance is in correct proportion - does it have romance, enough comedy, fights and finally dollops of emotion to move the audience. Even if it is a remake a double check is done in the producer's point of view, no wonder even if it fails to get big opening over a period of time, the movie reaches the segment concerned.
Bodyguard is one such film. The story is about a woman who disturbs her bodyguard on the phone as an anonymous caller because he is becoming an impediment in her fun and freedom. What begins playfully ends on a serious note with the woman falling in love with the guard and he too remains oblivious to the flirtation till certain time when events change the course of the story.
After having seen at least one of the version in the south languages, the question that is obvious on all minds is..if there has been any major change in the story crafted in Telugu. The bodyguard is not restrained, he is more gregarious. He doesn't overdo by lifting his shoulders too much like the other lead artistes and thankfully the comedy here is very tolerable.
This film will be liked by all those who haven't seen any of the 'Bodyguard' versions, because of the oodles of sentiment in the climax and for those who have seen it already, this one is obviously better because of the language and relatable characters. After watching a film on the previous day whose duration was round about two hours, this one will be a little slow and tiresome in comparison.
Trisha has lost her charm, it is unsettling to see her run around trees despite her slim figure. Venkatesh has to stop doing love stories, this one can be passed off as we can't have a young actor posing as a bodyguard. There is one particular scene in which Venkatesh shows he is the best in melodrama, when he is thoroughly disappointed when the anonymous caller tells him that she will never call him anymore or meet him.
Venkatesh has clearly lost weight, Saloni shines through the film and projects her expressions convincingly both as a scheming friend and a wife in retribution. Music [Thaman] is a huge asset, Ali and Venu Madhav provide the regular smiles and rest of the characters do a neat work.
Bodyguard has been shot decently but the story stops within a timeline, the script is ancient. Despite the moderate and regular seasoning and a lively role by the hero it is to be seen if people have the patience to watch a full length family movie. Venky's films don't make noise but move silently stealthily towards the goal, Bodyguard seems to have the propensity to appeal to the B and C audiences.