Cast: Ravi Teja, Sreeleela, Tanikella Bharani, Tulasi, Sachin Khedkar
Director: Trinadha Rao Nakkina
Produced By: People Media Factory and Abhishek Agarwal Arts
Release Date: 23rd December 2022
Ravi Teja’s Dhamaka is this Friday’s big release and it is coming amidst a lot of expectations. ‘Mass Maharaja’ fans are eager to catch their star in a massy avatar after long and Ravi Teja is also eager to score a hit after the debacle of Khiladi, Ramarao On Duty. He has teamed up with Trinadha Rao Nakkina for the first time and let’s see if the film has enough to pull the audience back in time to Vintage Ravi Teja Days
Story: Dhamaka is the story of protagonists fighting against all the odds. Ravi Teja is seen as Anand Chakravarthy an industrialist and Swamy a middle-class man. What happens when a corporate giant looks to take over the lives of middle-class people and how Anand Chakravarthy and Swamy’s lives get intertwined is what the movie follows
Performances: Ravi Teja as Swamy is in his element and performs with terrific ease. He has done this role numerous times in his career and carries the performance effortlessly. He gives an equally measured performance as Anand Chakravarthy and carries the film entirely on his shoulder. Sreeleela is a revelation in this film and matches Ravi Teja’s energy effortlessly. While her role doesn’t have much scope for performance, she shines throughout her scenes and is definitely a star in making. The extended cast of Tanikella Bharani, Jayaram, Sachin Khedkar and Tulasi are dependable as ever and breeze through their characters.
Analysis: One of the biggest weaknesses of Dhamaka is Trinadha Rao Nakkina’s execution. While the film has a basic premise of corporate vs commoner, he tries too hard to make it unique and this is where the movie fails. Conscious decisions have been taken to make the movie different from the routine commercial movie and that’s where people might feel disconnected. The predictability of the plot and lack of surprise with the twists are other major drawbacks of this mass entertainer.
- Ravi Teja’s performance
- Sreeleela’s screen presence
- Bheems Ciciroleo’s music
- Action episodes
- Trinadha Rao Nakkina’s execution
- Predictable plot
- Lack of freshness
Dhamaka could have been much more enjoyable had the director stuck to the commercial path. Unnecessary twists and forced scenes make it less enjoyable. If commercial entertainers are your cup of tea, then Dhamaka might appeal to you for sure.