Movie starts off with Shaka (Rahul Dev) killing his own brother
for particular information, which is also known to another
man Veeru Dada. In the encounter Veeru Dada (Ashok Kumar)
jumps off into a river from a cliff.
18 years, we have Veeru Dada with a leg cut off giving info
to Raja (Mahesh Babu), a mischievous thief who robs off the
money from banks in a style. Raja gives Veeru Dada a share
of 50% for all his tip offs. Raja becomes more daring as the
price tag on his head increases by thousands.
is another mischievous thief Panasa (Bipasha Basu) along with
uncle follows Raju so that she can dupe him and escape with
all the looted money of Raja. As the things go on a frolicking
way between Panasa and Raja, the desperate Shaka is searching
for Veeru Dada in all the places. Veeru Dada realizes that
Shaka would kill him soon. Hence, Veeru Dada offers a big
diamond to Raja and asks him to escort her daughter Bhuvana
(Lisa Ray) to his brother Dharma's place.
journey starts here. We have the couple going to a remove
village on horses. Panasa and her uncle are following the
lead pair. The bank managers too are desperately trying to
Shaka wants from Veeru Dada? Who is Raja? What will happen
to Panasa? You must watch this technically extraordinary visual
and aural feast on a big screen with DTS effect.
Babu: Mahesh Babu suited the cowboy role very well. All
the histrionics of Mahesh Babu are very stylish, yet not loud.
In this film too, he proved to be the director's delight when
it come to executing his part of scenes the way they have
to be done. He took a great risk in few of the action scenes.
On the screen, he should be complimented for the subtle, yet
perfect, emoting. Off the screen, he must be commended for
possessing the kind of GUTS in doing such a role of cowboy.
Ray: People might have some doubts about the Lisa Ray
age etc. But the director has taken enough care to highlight
all the positive aspects of Lisa Ray. She suited well as Mahesh
Babu's girl. Dubbing done by the popular Savita Reddy add
some more freshness and lovability to her character. She is
extremely sensuous and yet innocent looking.
Basu: Bipasha Basu did a sweet role, which is relatively
short. Her dusky looks and demure performance will strike
the right cords in the hearts of audiences.
Kumar: The lanky Ashok Kumar has acted as Veeru Dada.
His height and the beard suited the role well.
Rahul Dev looks very dangerous in this film. The dialogues
given to him are less and it helped the movie, as his screen
presence is enough to guess the trouble looming on the scenes
Screenplay - Direction: Jayant has done an excellent work
as director for this film. Lots of shots in this film are
brilliant. You cannot find this kind of narration in any Indian
films. With this film, Jayant joins the list of Ramu, Krishna
Vamsi and Teja in terms of showing technical finesse in shot
making. Jayant has directed soft love stories in his last
four ventures. Due to that, he did not have the opportunity
to play with the techniques and prove himself as the director
with great-technical-shot-making ability. The entire film
has a light cowboy color theme (just like the hue Aamir used
for Lagaan). Screenplay of the film is sensitive and effective.
But he could have considered narrating the film at a fast
pace. The way he introduced each and every characters is exceptionally
good. He took his time to establish all the lead characters.
And then he slowly unveiled the mystery and the connection
among the lead characters in a systematic way. 'Takkari Donga'
is another director's special film.
- Dialogues: Story of the film is very simple and short.
And it depends on the maturity level of audience to conceive
when the story has started. The movie starts with Shaka gunning
for Veeru Dada. This shot does not reveal what the connection
is between Shaka and Veeru dada. The story builds there and
continued till the end. The dialogues are short and scrisp,
especially the ones written for Mahesh Babu.
& Action: Vijayan has done excellent job in composing
fights and action scene. These fights are not loud ones like
hero putting ferocious face kicking villains with a fist.
All the fights are risky ones, which appears as if they are
done so naturally.
The main highlight of the film is extraordinary photography.
Jayanan Vincent has done one of his best works for this film.
The way camera moves in the few shots and the aerial sequences
shot in USA are simply mind-blowing. This film is a real treat
for your eyes if you watch on 70mm screen.
All the songs in this film are very good. The introduction
song is ultimate. Again, the dances are sensible and of class
nature. The second best is the melodious song 'Bagundamma
Bagundi'. Hey Mama song stands as the third best followed
by Chukkallo Chandrude and Aleba Aleba
Mani Sharma has given his best work for Takkari Donga. The
music suited the sensibility and the mood of the film. The
way, he used guitar for the background music is praiseworthy.
Background music is extraordinary and music for songs is excellent.
Editing of the film is good. Though the film is shot in various
locations in India and abroad, the editing work covers it
up and shows the continuity and uniformity in the narration.
Each and every penny spent on the film is visible on the screen.
For the first timers, this is very efficient job. Vasant and
Sumanth must be appreciated for making a risky venture like
Takkari Donga is a sweet and sensible film. If you are the
kind of a guy who whistles when hero ferociously utters a
dialogue and laughs loudly when a crude joke is cracked, this
is not the film for you to watch. 'Underplay' is the right
word for all the key aspects of the film. The only drawback
of the film is slower narration and length of the movie. A
Cowboy film, which belongs to Hollywood, is made for 1 and
half hours. By making a film for 2 hours and 45 minutes will
have some sluggishness in the narration. Takkari Donga
is a true 'pop corn entertainment' film, which you are supposed
to watch in a relaxed manner in a DTS theater without having
any expectations or preconceived opinions in your mind.
Takkari Donga is a real class film. The commercial success
of the film depends on how masses embrace this class cowboy
genre film. A cowboy film in Andhra would not have become
a reality in the years to come as Prema and Seema films are
ruling the trend, if Mahesh-Jayant combination were not there.
Kudos to these two people for taking up such a huge risk.
It's hot and happening. Watch
piece: There is our own Superstar Krishna in this film
by making a flamboyant appearance as senior cowboy at the
end to pair up with the dusky Bipasha Basu!
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