Telangana Devudu Movie Review
Cast: Srikanth, Zeeshan osman, Brahmanandam, Posani Krishna Murali, Ali, Suman, Namala Murthy, Kedar Shankar, Surya, Pragathi, Prabhavathi, Thotapalli Madhu, Kotesh Manav.
Music : Nandan Raj Bobbili
Cinematographer: Adusumilli Vijay Kumar
Producer: Muhammad Zakir Usman
Director: Vadtyaa Harish
Banner: Mac Lab
Release: November 12, 2022
Family Star Telangana Devudu directed by Harish Vadtya attracted the attention of all as many from the ruling TRS party promoted the film in a big way. The film is based on the life of the TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR. The film released on November 12 and let us see what is portrayed on the screen.
Young Vijay Dev (Jeeshan Osman), who is extremely intelligent and bright grow up seeing the plight of his people oppressed by various people and draw inspiration from his father who craves for a separate state of Telangana and His teacher (Brahmanandam) who enlightens him about the rich culture of Telangana region.
Vijay unlike others decides to join politics when he grows up and fight for the separate state of Telangana. How Vijay (Srikanth Meka) who joins politics realizes his dream by politicking with regional and national parties, undertaking padayatras and indefinite fasts should be found on the screen.
Artists, Technicians Review
Harish Vadtya came with a story based on the fight for the separate state of Telangana, the causes behind it, and also on the real incidents in KCR’s life. He starts the narration with Vijay Dev becoming the CM and then an old man getting excited at this swearing-in ceremony on TV and narrating the history of Telangana. though few incidents are dramatic, the happenings in young Vijay Dev’s life have been narrated in an interesting manner. Till the end of the first half with Vijay Dev’s entry into politics and the subsequent happens are well showcased. Zeeshan osman character did well when KCR was a kid.
But enter the second half, the narration drags with unnecessary scenes and songs. Instead of focussing on the main issues, Harish Vadyta played to the galleries including songs between Vijay Dev and his wife. This deviated from the main plot and the second half looked very lengthy compared to the first half. The politicking between Vijay Dev and national leaders is shown in just one scene. Harish Vadya could have elaborated more on it rather than concentrating on including songs between Vijay Dev and his wife. The second half tested the patience of the viewers. Harish Vadtya’s story is ok and narrated in an interesting manner to some extent. However, he lost steam in the second half and concentrated on unnecessary incidents. Instead, he could have showcased how Vijay fought for Telangana when he became the union minister and how opposition disrupted in the Lok Sabha the passing of the Telangana formation bill. It would have generated more interest in the story. Harish’s screenplay and direction are ok to an extent. He has taken many cinematic liberties and missed many logics and sounded too dramatic many times.
Srikanth slipped into the role of Vijay Dev. He carried himself with the dignity required for the role. He looked like a real politician and his mannerisms are a treat to watch. In fact, he carried the film on his shoulders. Be it is dialogue delivery, expressions, emotions, and body language, he made a lasting impression. Jeeshan Osman as young Vijay performed well within his limitations. Brahmandanam got a very decent role after a long time and he performed well making his presence felt with a subtle performance. Suman excelled in the role of Professor Jai Shankar. Tanikella Bharani is good as the landlord Bhujangam. Sunil is shown in the role of YSR’s son Jagan but he got only one scene. He could have been cast in more scenes.
Audusumilli Vijay Kumar’s cinematography is good. He gave a realistic feel to the story on the screen. Nandan Raj Bobbili’s music is good. A couple of songs are powerful and inspirational and the lyrics elevated the Telangana culture and history. Another song on Jai Shankar is also good. However other songs slowed the pace of the film. His background music elevated the scenes. Editing left a lot to be desired. There are many drags in the film, especially in the second half. Dialogues are good and powerful and made a good impact.The director handled all the artists well. Production values are good.
The portrayal of Telangana culture, movement
Few powerful dialogues, songs
Srikanth’s Telangana Devudu directed by Harish Vadtya is inspired by the incidents in Telangana CM KCR and banked on the Telangana movement, it is a loosely knit biopic on KCR especially over the incidents that happened especially in the latter part of Telangana formation. As usual, just like in many biopics, there is the glorification of Srikanth’s role as KCR. The way the makers promoted KCR and the ruling TRS government’s schemes in the middle and especially during the climax looked like a documentary. With these intense promotions of the TRS government’s schemes and glorification of KCR going overboard, interesting biopic elements turned the film into a docu-drama diluting the essence. Considering all these points, goes with a 3.25 rating for Telangana Devudu.