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iSmart Shankar movie review
Ram acted in iSmart Shankar role who much focuses on settlement Dhanda in the old city. He falls in love with a foul-mouthed civil engineer Chandini who is Nabha Natesh. Ram involves in killing a politician for money and the police in trying to nab him kill Chandini where Ram narrates all this in flashback. Now, Arun(Satyadev) a CBI officer investigate and finds that the politician got murdered by the villain’s henchmen. Now Arun’s lover Sarah (Nidhhi Agerwal) who is a neuroscientist, transfers Arun’s brain(memories) into the brain of Shankar to find out the real villain. The rest of the story is how Shankar with his double dimaak takes revenge from the killer of Chandini and Arun.
Ram gave his best to the role in the new makeover is the highlight of the movie and it won’t be wrong if we say this is his career-best. His slang though initially seems forced and put-on but his performance grows on the audience and by the time the film ends you are amazed by the entertainment he provides as Ustaad iSmart Shankar. Among the actresses both provide full glamor feast for the masses but the audience will connect more with massy Nabha Natesh than the sober Nidhhi Agerwal. Satyadev is good once again but his role is just about ok. Getup Srinu, Sayaji Shinde, Ashish Vidyarthi, Deepak Shetty, Aziz Nasser do their job functionally and are sidelined because basically, this is a one-man show by Ram.
After seeing the trailers, it was quite obvious that Puri got inspired by Hollywood films ‘iBoy’ and ‘Criminal’ which were also based on a device inserted into the brain of the hero. Puri added his own mass masala elements, crazy dialogues and turned it into ‘iSmart Shankar’. Some scenes have a typical Puri mark which is really entertaining but there are many WTF moments in the film as well. The twists are completely predictable and there are many shootout scenes that bore and exhaust the patience of the audience. Puri’s dialogues range from massy to outright vulgar. Manisharma’s contribution to ‘iSmart Shankar’ is huge. He has given excellent music that gels with the mood of the film. The songs look good onscreen but their placement is bad. Special mention to Manisharma’s outstanding BGM which elevated many dull and drab scenes. The camera work is fine and the DOP captures the ‘assets’ of the heroines nicely. The editing is jarring and the film feels very lengthy. Many scenes can be edited and the film could have been cut short by at least 15 minutes. The fights become routine as there are too many in the film. The production values are decent.
The first half is just about okay as there is no story with Ram and Nabha Natesh’s raunchy conversations being the only highlight. The second half is a little better as the story goes deep into exploring the two dimaaks of Ram’s character. The film follows the pattern of one song-one fight-one romantic scene-one song-one fight and repeat. The climax is too loud and will meet with mixed reactions. The film is just a one-time watch and will mainly attract the youth and masses. Ram’s characterization, Nabha and Nidhhi’s full glamor feast, massy songs and Puri mark dialogues will pull the audience mainly in B, C centers. The film has taken a phenomenal opening and will surely breakeven as the mass audience is hungry for such OTT mass masala films after classy movies like Maharshi, Jersey, Majili, etc.
Cast: Ram Pothineni, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nabha Natesh, Satya Dev and others
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Raj Thota
Producers: Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur
Story-dialogues-screenplay-Direction: Puri Jagannadh
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