23 February 2008 | AvinashPatalay
Puri Jagganath punches the lights out
To quote Anupam Kher "When a movie becomes a hit, everything about it is appealing". Pokiri should be used as a reference point for utilising all the possible movie-making formula's, however in precise-doses. If you play devil's advocate you will realise that there is no earth-shattering storyline here. In true sense, Pokiri is an ode to the cinema of 70's & 80's.
Mahesh Babu:: Gets into the skin of the role. His fan-following would have increased in leaps-and-bounds after Pokiri.
Ilena:: Her presence was restricted to songs and providing relief moments in the storyline.
Mumait Khan:: Did full justice to the item number.
Can't get enough of one Prakash Raj? Pokiri does a new BOGOF (buy-one-get-one-free). Yes, Sayaji Shinde seems to have found his face/off. Hold on – I almost forgot... for a brief moment, our Prakash Raj dearest gets spawned yet again and this time its Nassar. But thankfully the possessed moments are confined to his last breath (and the audience is spared!).
Comedy track:: Innovative, but at times really hampers the narrative. Songs are catchy and stay on with you. Background score is impressive and elevates the screenplay.
Action sequences:: Deserves a special mention. Gruesome, gory – the split-second editing is used effectively to create high-impact shock! Tarantino-meets-Spielberg influences are apparent.
Puri Jagganath:: If Pokiri has satiated your appetite to make your mark and make your presence felt... please move on. Needless to say, the movie bears streaks of powerhouse of talent that lie within you. Your product has created a milestone by numbers but on a creative level I am sure you would like to add lot more feathers on your cap.
Avoid the pitfall of turning into Y2K version of K. Raghavendra Rao-cum-Dasari Narayan Rao-cum-B Gopal.