Pandaga Chesko

2.7/5
| | 2015-05-29
CAST

Ram, Rakul Preeth Singh, Sonal Chauhan, Brahmanandam and Others

Director - Paruchuri Kireeti
Producer - Paruchuri Kireeti
Banner - United Movies Ltd
Music - Gopichand Malineni

Pandaga Chesko promised to be a commercial entertainer with loads of comedy from the promos. With ace writer Kona Venkat working as the script doctor one would expect a nonstop comedy ride from Pandaga Chesko. Director Gopichand Malineni also has a good track record in churning out time pass entertainers. All in all the expectations on this film are pretty high among the Telugu audience. Can this film fulfill the needs of our audience who have been treated to mediocre films throughout this summer?

What is it about?

Karthik (Ram) comes to India as his company was seized due to the revolution started by Green revolution activist Divya (Rakul Preeth Singh). He tries hard to convince her but in vain. Despite being engaged to Anushka (Sonal Chauhan), Karthik goes to an extent to impress Divya in an attempt of convincing her to withdraw the case. However Karthik reveals his actual purpose of coming to India later as he is the son of Bhupathi's (Sampath Raj) sister, who has been staying away from family for twenty five years. Now he has to unite brothers and sister against all the odds.

Perfomances:    

Ram lives up to his title of energetic star with an energetic performance. He looks very handsome and suave in the role of a billionaire. His dances in few songs will enthrall his fans. Rakul Preeth Singh's character is inconsistent but she pulls it off somehow with her good looks. Sonal Chauhan is pretty impressive as the arrogant rich lady. Brahmanandam has an important role in the movie as weekend Venkata Rao. He is good as usual. Sampath Raj is alright. Sai Kumar delivers a balanced performance. MS Narayana comedy is targeted at the masses. Rao Ramesh, Pavitra Lokesh, Vennela Kishore and others are well cast. There are numerous actors in the film and everyone did their bit.

Technicalities:

Gopichand Malineni who scored a good hit with his previous film Balupu banked upon formulaic entertainer yet again. He has handled the film well in spite of heavy casting. There are a handful of scenes that offers good dose of comedy. Except for comedy there is nothing fresh or appealing about the movie.

Songs are just okay. Thaman failed to come up with single chartbuster this time. Background score is fine. Cinematography is good. Editing is not up to the mark. Dialogues are hilarious in parts.

Thumbs Up:

Ram

Comedy

Heroines

Thumbs Down:

Routine story and screenplay

Songs

Analysis:

Pandaga Chesko is a typical Telugu commercial potboiler that banks heavily on the comedy. Story of this film is beaten to death and there is a deja vu feeling that keeps on haunting the viewers. Although the initial scenes fail to draw any attention, Pandaga Chesko gets interesting after the introduction of Ram and Sonal Chauhan characters. That bright patch doesn't last long as the movie shifts to Hyderabad.

Abhimanyu Singh falling for Sonal and Ram beating his goons to the pulp induces boredom and a twist is thrown during the interval. It is all been-there-seen-that-scenario once the story shifts to Bhupati's house. There are so many actors in the film to keep the flow alive with large doses of comedy at offer. Comedy works to some extent but the predictable screenplay and not so interesting premise keeps on bothering all the time.
           
It is high time to get away from this formula and work on something new as this is getting hugely repetitive. This formula works only if the comedy scenes are outright hilarious. Other than few laughs here and there Pandaga Chesko fails to raise the bar in terms of comedy. Issues like routine script could be excused if the film offered freshness in comedy but that didn't happen leaving the audience with mixed feelings. Content wise Pandaga Chesko is an average entertainer and its commercial prospects at the box office solely depend on how the family audiences embrace it during this summer vacation.

Verdict: Same Old Festival