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Gang Leader Review
Post a sensational bank heist, a lady gang( women of different age groups) approaches a revenge story writer named Pencil(Nani) for help. After a brief discussion, Pencil accepts to take charge as the gang leader and starts an investigation about the robbery. In this process, Nani finds out that a car racer named Dev(Karthikeya) is involved in all this. Who is this Dev? How is he related to the bank robbery? What is the connection between the lady gang and bank robbery? To know this, you have to watch the film on the silver screen.
Kartikeya takes up a negative role and stands tall. It is not just his physique, but the overall character design and styling that makes the impact. It has less screen time, but the job is done effectively.
Priyanka Arul Mohan is one of the weakest heroine debuts in Telugu cinema in the recent past. She is bland and lacks the screen present. It is particularly highlighted when she is put in between veteran artists like Lakshmi and Saranya Mohan. She is invisible. Luckily, Priyanka doesn't have much to do to impact the narrative.
Among the ladies, Lakshmi is the best by far. She is in fine form (Oh Baby) and continues it in Gang Leader as well. Saranya Mohan is a distant second. She too does her part well. Vennela Kishore appears briefly and is hilarious the first time. The rest are adequate.
But the pace of the film drops during the pre-climax once all the twists are revealed
Nani and Karthikeya
Different storyline and twists
Anirudh’s background score
The film’s pace drops during pre-climax
Lack of romance track
Final Talk: After the disappointing ok-ok first half, the second half further dips down with absolute boring and predictable scenes. There is no logic or magic in the screenplay. The small twists here and there don’t make any impact. The last 20 minutes of the film can be called the worst part of the movie. The audience don’t have any clue what’s going on. Vikram Kumar completely fails with his screenplay. The music and BGM by Anirudh is pretty good. Nani tried to carry the film on his shoulders but with no support from story or direction, he couldn’t make any mark. Heroine Priyanka Mohan isn’t heroine material.
The production values by Mythri Movie Makers are decent and kept the budget under control. Unfortunately, Mythri Movie Makers’ bad luck continues. Overall Nani’s Gang Leader isn’t what we expect from a sensible director like Vikram Kumar. It is tragic that a powerful title like Gang Leader was wasted on a silly film that is going to sink faster than Titanic at the Box office.
Overall , an average to above average film this weekend. Family audience might relatively like this movie better.
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