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Jeevi rating: 3/5
: 'con'tri
Vyjayanthi movies

Cast: NTR, Hansika motwani, Tanishaa, Prakash Raj, Asish Vidyardhi, Murali Sharma, Sayaji Shinde, Subbaraju, Mukesh Rushi, Kota, Dharmavarapu, Sunil, Ali, MS Narayana, Krishna Bhagawan,Pingpong etc

Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Samir Reddy
Art: AS Prakash
Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Stunts: Stun Siva
Producer: C Aswini Dutt
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction: Mehar Ramesh
Release date
: 9 May 2008



Kantri Kranti (NTR) is an orphan who attracts the attention of the local don Seshu (Asish Vidyardhi) who in turn reports to the kingpin PR (Prakash Raj) who is based in Hong Kong. Kranti attracts the attention of PR in no time and climbs up the ladder. Then they fall out due to some differences. Later it is revealed that Kranti is not an orphan, but the son of PR himself. The rest of the story is all about whether Kranti reconciles with his father or takes revenge on him.

Artists Performance

KantriNTR: NTR is looking ultra glamorous with light beard in the film. NTR is superb in the role of Kantri. He dances exceptionally well in all the songs and his steps in Vayassunami and I go crazy songs are awesome. His dialogue delivery in the film has the perfect mix of mass and class orientation. He could perform the stunts stylishly due to agile body.

KantriOthers: Hansika is cute and sexy as the female lead. But she needs work on expressions in certain scenes. Tanishaa comes in the second half and has a limited role to play. Prakash Raj looks fresh with a new hair-do. Kota is entertaining as the father. The comedy done by Ali and Krishna Bhagawan does stand out. Asish Vidyardhi, Murali Sharma, Sayaji Shinde, Subbaraju are adequate. Sunil and Brahmanandam have separate comedy tracks.

Technical Departments:

KantriStory - screenplay - direction: The story of the film has the shades of Pokiri in the mafia aspect. But there is a nice twist in the film that is revealed towards climax. Direction of the film by Mehar Ramesh is good in parts. He could able to stuff all elements in the first half and could narrate it in a crisp way. The aggression of hero shown in Hong Kong episodes is conceived well. But the tempo goes down in the second half as there is no conflict angle in the film once father and son unite. The screenplay in the second half would have been better. And the climax of the film appears dragged once the main twist of the film is revealed. On a whole, Mehar Ramesh holds promise to become a good director if he works on the holistic perspective of the script.

KantriDialogues: Dialogues are neat. There are sharp one-liners like – ‘Nenu taggindi weight. Head weight kaadu’, ‘slim aina slum kurradi laga vunnadu’, “idi zoo. Lopala kellandi. Janthuvulaki manchi timepass avutundi’ etc. There is also a dialogue that goes like ‘ee state lo rakta sambandham lekunda andaru anna ani pilichevaadu okkade. Aayana swargamlo vunnaru. Tarvatha anna ani pilipinchukune vaadu inka ikkada puttaledu.’ There are a couple of dialogues referring to Cycle too.

KantriOther departments: Music by Mani Sharma is good. All the songs are well choreographed. 123 Kantri, Vayassunami and I go crazy are treat to eyes with NTR making very difficult steps appear so easy. Fights composed are good (especially the ones shot in Hong Kong). Cinematography by Samir Reddy is an asset. Editing is neat. Special effects done for this film are good. Having a 3-d animated character developed using motion capture on NTR done by Pixelloid is a unique and an appreciable experiment. Production values by Vyjayanthi banner are grand.

KantriAnalysis: The first half of the film is good. The tempo goes down in the second half. The twist towards climax is interesting. But the fights that follow appear extended. The plus points of the film are NTR’s energizing performance (dialogues, dances and emotions) and the first half. On the flip side, the conflict aspect in the second half should have been taken care of. We have to wait and see how NTR is going to unleash his mass magnetic power on the movie lovers with this commercial flick this summer!

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