February 19, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Filmmakers have successfully conditioned moviegoers to watching mediocre movies, no wonder people do not mind seeing such tried and tested themes even today and the excuse to kill time is that the narration or the treatment of the film is different. Simha Putrudu is the same story of a villain coming up in life due to a samaritan's help and the former showing no gratitude guns for his life.
Raj Kiran is the village landlord and he is an equally good-hearted son Dhanush who is sent away to his uncle's house to avoid getting into village politics but inevitably he returns to fall in love with childhood friend Tamanna and save his father from Prakash Raj's evil designs.
The film is set against a village background and the script is interesting to only some extent. Vengai in Tamil, it has been dubbed in Telugu to cash on 'Kolaveri Di' Dhanush's recent success; otherwise there is no reason why people in Andhra should buy such a predictable story where Dhanush hasn't put in any extraordinary effort or has done anything challenging.
Prakash Raj plays a greedy man who becomes an MLA and keeps throwing everything in sight when he is angry whether it his cell phone, slippers or a dhoti. The introduction scene has Dhanush running with two pieces of red cloth to stop a train that is ready to be bombed and very soon you find him breaking into a mass number with temples in the background.
The rural comedy is cheap, crass and Prakash Raj takes to his role like a duck takes to water, he must have played this role a zillion times. Tamanna apart from showing off her complexion and expressions has only one important scene that is towards the end i.e., she attempts to poison Dhanush's father even while she is living in their house.
This twist is no more a twist as you can predict that one coming five minutes earlier. Effort to show her as an innocent, vulnerable child like woman fails with a silly scene of her throwing a crumpled paper on a wall that has a lizard preying on a spider. The first half of the story is sluggish but later on it moves on a furious pace.
Simha Putrudu is a lengthy, lethargic and an unexciting`film and one watches it with a degree of indifference. Devisri Prasad's music is pretty ordinary. Oorvasi is okay in an anxiety driven role and Sudha Chandran maintains the single poker expression. A very predictable movie and time pass film for people who have nothing better to do.