iSmart Shankar Movie Review

2 Hrs 20 M | Action | 2019-07-18

Ram, Nidhi Agarwal, Nabha Natesh, Sayaji Shinde, Satya Dev and Others

Director - Puri Jagannadh
Producer - Puri Jagannadh, Charmi
Banner - Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies
Music - Mani Sharma

iSmart Shankar has created lot of buzz with its promos all because of Ram and mass masala promos. The film has taken a stunning opening at the ticket windows, but as a film it is just a slightly better effort from Puri compared to his recent outings.

What is it about?

iSmart Shankar (Ram) loses his girlfriend (Nabha) in a political conspiracy. Before he exacts revenge, CBI inserts an officers memory into Shankar's brain to get key information. Now Shankar has to avenge his girlfriend's death and also deal with the memories of the deceased officer.


This is a dream character for Ram and he has done a fabulous job in an extremely eccentric character. We could see on screen how much he loved playing iSmart Shankar. Nabha Natesh gets a strikingly impressive character and she is good. Nidhi Agarwal is okay. Satya Dev played a vital role and Sayaji is his usual self as CBI officer. Villain gang and others did their bit in their respective roles.


Puri Jagannadh plays to his strengths by lifting an idea from a Hollywood film. He relies heavily upon the makeover of the lead actor and does the same that he has been doing in every movie. There are flashes of vintage Puri here and there, but he is surely out of form.

Mani Sharma's music is an asset. A couple of songs are very good and the background score is lit. Cinematography is good and the fast cuts editing makes it look slick. Production values are decent and dialogues by Puri are impressive.

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Second half

Routine template

Over masala


Puri Jagannadh has a unique style of presenting his heroes. He brings the eccentric side of actors that we had known for years and surprises us. He gives them a stunning makeover that every actor waits for his turn to do a Puri's film. In spite of Puri's recent track record, Ram signed up iSmart Shankar and his decision was a no brainer. He must have been thrilled to hear his characterization and antics. It gives him the chance to woo masses like never before and Ram grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

While Puri remains to his usual format of guns, goons and girls, Ram made iSmart Shankar watchable with his infectious energy. He made a meal out of the character and enjoyed every bit of it. iSmart Shankar opens on a highly energetic note with Ram in superb form. It is an enjoyable ride for some time, but like most of Puri's movies it loses steam. There is a concept of 'memory transfer' copied from the Hollywood film Criminal, which becomes the main draw in the second half.

Ram once again takes control over things in the initial stages of 'Double Dhimaak' phase, but it too wanes off as the movie progresses. There is nothing interesting to keep us hooked to the story. Every twist and turn seems flat and even iSmart Shankar's antics become monotonous after a point. It is mostly a one note film with half baked characters and concepts. Ram's energy, Manisharma's music and a couple of action scenes are its plus points.

iSmart Shankar is just like every other Puri movie but with a better plot and the lead actor totally involved in his character. It has chances to do well in mass centers and single screens. The eccentricity and hollow script is a bitter pill to swallow for class audience and families. The pre release buzz and Ram's new avatar should fuel it to survive at the box office.

Verdict: Not So iSmart!