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Legend movie review
Cast & Crew :- Nandamuri Balakrishna, Jagapathi Babu, Radhika Apte, Sonal Chauhan, Kalyani
Music Director :- Devi Sri Prasad
Director :- Boyapati Srinu
Producer :- J Samba Shiva Rao
Release date :- 28th March 2014
Director Boyapati Srinu understands his target audience well and gives them what they optate. He presents one Balakrishna as an adolescent NRI living in Dubai and romancing a glamorous Sonal Chauhan. That assures scope for high-on-energy dance sequences and gives the director a chance to show five Balakrishnas clad in multicoloured floral jackets in one frame, performing expeditious-paced steps that will give many youngsters a run for their mazuma. To contrast this, there is another Balakrishna — older, mature and worldly sagacious. If Sonal Chauhan is introduced in a bikini and provides the glamour quotient, there’s Radhika Apte befitting the traditional woman, introduced singing a devotional hymn.
The story is something the audience has seen over generations and considered a sure-shot recipe for box office success. Suman, a Good Samaritan and a beacon of the village, locks horns with a ruthless gang and meets his end. The scions of both the groups (Balakrishna and Jagapati Babu) continue the good vs. evil battle. It’s anyone’s guess who will win. The path to this victory is strewn with bloodshed. Weapons in different sizes and shapes are used callously, henchmen are left hanging from daggers, poles and balconies of buildings, and there are many scenes showing at least a dozen corpses in a frame,The drama ends only after Balakrishna sheds some light on the idea of a good leader and democracy .
Krishna (Balakrishna) lives in Dubai, while his family is in India. His grandmother is against him settling in India. Krishna falls for Sneha (Sonal Chauhan) and comes to India to seek the blessings of his grandmother.As soon as he arrives Krishna strikes up enmity with Jitender's (Jagapathi Babu) son. By seeing his condition, with the help of local police. Jitendra tries to kill everyone in Krishna's family by kidnapping Sonal Chauhan. Everyone in the family survives the attack due to Jayadev. Who is Jayadev? What's his connection with Krishna and family forms the rest of the storyline which is a roller-coaster action show, with generous dollops of sentimental scenes thrown in.
Balakrishna has exhibited his power pack performance in two shades , the Sr. Balakrishna was feast to watch, his charisma, his mannerisms, his power packed action, his dialogue delivery and of course his performance in 2nd half was top notch. At the age of 53, Balakrishna tried to compete with young heroes with his all round performance including his mark dances with some grace in his dance is appreciable . Royalty in his looks prove him the Lion of Tollywood.
Jagapathi Babu was ultimate choice as a villain, his smart looks with white bread and scenes elevating his bad side proved his acting capabilities once again. His expressions and change in voice made him a power villain .
Brahmanandam provides a few laughs, keeps harping on tradition and values, taps his bald pate and then disappears
Sonal Chauhan too goes missing after the first half of the film.
Radhika Apte is gracious
Suhasini puts in a graceful guest appearance but it’s hard to not notice her heavy jewellery when she’s giving children a glass of milk or picking up her elder son from school.
Sitara does little else but weep; Kalyani is seen in a scene or two; Ajay and Kamal Kamaraju barely register their presence before being tossed into oblivion.amsa Nandini is hot in Lasku Tappa song.
Ram Prasad Cinematography is said to be the high of the film, the desert chase scenes, Horse senses and action part with long shots looks very unique and also song picturizations.
Ram Laxman’s action choreography was good with chase scenes. Screenplay was racy as seen in 14 reels films like Dookudu and Baadsah. editing was good, Dance moves by Balakrishna in ‘Time-Bomb’ was rocking and other songs were also good with some grace.
Devi Sri Prasad provided life with fascinating background score. Nee Kantichoopullo song is melodious and the visuals matched with the sweetness in the tune.
First half of the film is okay, with solid interval bang but things fall apart in the second half due to thin point and dragged narration. A better script, more believable characters, some real trimming, pulsing narration and a modern style could have done wonders for Legend. But in the current form it succeeds in reminding about the earlier movies. Overall, the intentions were honest, the effort that has gone into the making of the film very evident in every frame. It certainly has its moments, but not enough to deserve the price of your ticket unless of course, you're a Balakrishna fan. If you are, don't think twice, go watch it.
Balakrishna Screen presence
Jagapathi Babu as villain
Shades of Simha
Watch Legend if you’re a hardcore Balakrishna fan or want to get a taste of a typical mass film and join the chorus ‘he’s a legend… he’s a legend…’
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