Lion

3/5
| | 2015-05-14
CAST

Balakrishna, Trisha, Radhika Apte, Prakash Raj and others

Director - Satyadev
Producer - Rudrapati Ramana Rao
Banner - SLV Cinema
Music - Mani Sharma

After delivering blockbuster with Legend, Nandamuri Balakrishna is back with Lion. Teaming up with actress Trisha for the first-time and first-timer director Satyadev, Balayya dons the hat of CBI officer raising curiosity on the film. Given that it's his 98th film in filmography and first film after he was elected as MLA for Hindupur constituency, the film garnered lot of hype, buzz. Let's check out whether the 159-minute 14 seconds odd film lived up to it or not.

Plot: Subash Chandrabose (Balakrishna), a sincere and powerful CBI Officer on a mission to crack the suspicious death of former Chief Minister of state Achyuta Ramayya (Vijayakumar). Bose learns that influential person, sitting CM Bharadwaj (Prakash Raj) is behind the death of former CM and tries to prove him of guilty. What forms rest is the obstacles created by Bharadwaj and how Bose overcome them.

Performances:

Balakrishna: Balayya has stolen the show with his top-knotch performance and timely punch-liners. It's his show all the way. Right from the beginning to the end, he captures the maximum screen presence. As usual, Balayya played it to the gallery and wins the hearts of both masses, family audiences with dose of action, sentiment and fun.

Trisha: Trisha returns to Telugu cinema after a brief hiatus. She's easy on eyes as Balayya's love-interest and also sizzles as private money lender Mahalakshmi.

Radhika Apte: Radhika is limited to brief role yet she managed to make her presence left. She is okay in her role as second fiddle.

Prakash Raj: As expected, Prakash Raj lives up to his character and yet again proved his mettle as cunning politician.

Others: Actors Jayasudha, MS Narayana, Ali were confined to less-significant roles. Comedian Ali was merely wasted as his jokes fail to tickle the funnybone of audiences.

Technicalities:


Mani Sharma's music is sooting and his background score works in favour of the film. Cinematographer Venkat Prasad cranks the camera well and movie was shot in pictursque locales. Especially capturing of songs were note worthy. Editing could have been sharp, crisp.

Thumbs Up:

Balakrishna
Climax

Thumbs Down:

Love Track
Editing

Analysis:

Balakrishna is one actor who is able to slip into the role he's playing and mould him to the needs. This time around, he essays the role of CBI officer taking on the wicked, power-hungry politician Bharadwaj (Prakash Raj). As the movie strats on an interesting theme where Balayya is seen in hospital waking from mortuary, the film straight away slips into the story without wasting much. The first half of the film is good and it shows Balayya baffling to regain his lost memory and his daunting past. However, director Satyadev doesn't strain you much and gives a clear picture with a perfect interval bang - setting the record straight that there's only one character for Balayya (Bose) and the other character Godse was just created from figment of imagination by Villain Prakash Raj to mislead Bose, his investigation against him. This sets good stage for the second part of the flick.

Second half of the flick, though predictable, deja vu, it moves forward without many stumbling blocks. Like many Telugu commercial films, this movie too has its share of flaws as newcomer filmmaker fail to fill all the loopholes in the script. Few logics fall flat. But the end result is better than Balayya's previous films. Pre-climax portions could have been handled well. Climax is decent and satiates the hopes of fans. On whole, Lion makes for one-time watch and it's perfect potbolier tailor-made for fans.

Verdict: Tailor-made for Fans