Cast: Ram Pothineni, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nabha Natesh, Satyadev, Shyaji Shinde
Direction: Puri Jagannadh
Music: Mani Sharma
Production: Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur
Cinematography: Raj Thota
Director Puri Jagannadh - Ram Pothineni first-ever combination with movie ismart Shankar has hit the screens amid high expectations. The duo who are in low phase in their career has pinned hopes on the film. Nevertheless, the film has created good buzz, thanks to the Ram's transformation and Puri's typical screenplay and of course the openings were also tremendous. Will the hero and director bounce back?
The flick opens up with the introduction of memory transplantation theory and soon jumps into Shankar's (Ram Pothineni) character who is a reckless guy who does settlements in the old city. Shankar, due to his aggressive nature is sent behind the bars in politician Kashi Reddy's murder case. Pinky (Nidhi Agarwal) who is reprising the role of a scientist (deals about memory and mind) transfers a memory chip of CBI officer Arun (Satyadev) into the Shankar's brain who escapes from jail. What is the chip about? How Shankar is related to politician Kashi Reddy's murder and CBI officer Arun forms the crux of the story.
Chocolate boy Ram impressed with his tremendous transformation and distinguished attitude. However, the actor couldn't capitalise on the dialogue delivery as he faced trouble to catch hold of the Telangana diction. Heroines Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Agarwal have done their part well. Satyadev, who appeared for a short duration in a pivotal role was excellent.
As it is a do or die situation for Puri Jagannadh, it seems the crazy director has come up with a new storyline and made the film with utmost conviction, unlike his recent films. But the director has stuck to his routine format of showing the protagonist as a baddie with those violent action sequences and tappy dance numbers. However, science fiction is quite engaging and intriguing.
The film is shot in Goa, Hyderabad and Varanasi, which hints the director and producer has gone all out for the bringing the best yet couldn't succeed completely as the second half is predictable. The film turns out to be an average one.
iSmart Shankar has brilliant technical values with the mix of Puri's direction and Mani Sharma's background score while Raj Thota's cinematography was absolutely amazing. The songs and costumes designs are on par with the story.
Bottom Line: Puri Jagannadh's mark direction.