August 05, 2010 Y. Sunita Chowdary
The villain in Telugu cinema has been reduced to a dummy long back and in the current film Don Seenu, it's no exception. Infact the villains, not one or two but there are three and they are nothing but jokers. By reducing the intelligence quotient of the villains, the importance of the hero automatically hikes up and it's presumed the entertainment dished out is unlimited. Through Don Seenu, Ravi Teja satiates his thirst of mimicking his favourite hero Amitabh Bachchan. In the film too his character Seenu has a fetish for the name Don Seenu and wants to be a Big B in Don.
The film starts out in an interesting manner but as the story progresses, the focus is lost. What could have been a simplified story drags and gets complicated and somewhere down the line with the writers deciding that they are falling short of entertainment, create Brahmanandam and stretch the script further. Don Seenu works for Machineni (Sayaji Shinde) who is on a constant trip to upstage his rival Narsingh (Srihari) another gang leader. He's been entrusted with the responsibility to trap Narsingh's sister in love to settle scores but is shocked to realize that Don Seenu had trapped his sister Deepu (Shreya) instead. To undo his mistake and win Machineni's confidence, Seenu moves over to Narsingh's group and makes his sister Anjana Sukhani fall for him.
There is another character Duggal who is baying for Don Seenu's blood. The climax is lengthy and the story never seems to end even after Brahmanandam's role is done with. The flashback and sentimental finale attempts to give the story a semblance of dignity but it fails. The Censor Board fails in it's role, allows many double meaning dialogues to pass your notice. Shriya in her trademark walk, slanted smiles, arched eyebrows and a great figure scorches the screen and Anjani Sukhani brings an element of freshness, though her role is limited.
Srihari continues to speak in a Telangana dialect, both Srihari and Sayaji are able support but there's hardly any angle that's new given to them. Ali as Ravi Teja's sidekick raises the shock value of the dialogues. Ravi Teja slips into his role effortlessly, it's cake walk for him however he does give you a déjà vu feel. The film looks lavishly shot, the second half of the story appears that the writers were in a hurry to fill up the gaps.
Cinematography is slick, songs are just okay. Finally Don Seenu is a wake up call for Ravi Teja, if he doesn't do a rethink on his stories, the best of performances will fall flat. Despite coming up with many tricks and variations, the film keeps you amused only in parts. Don Seenu needs a lot of clipping to be tolerated.