Film Review: Dasara ( Tamil version)
The much awaited Nani and Keerthy Suresh starrer Dasara ( Telugu, dubbed in 4 languages) hit screens, across India, on March 31st.
Directed by debutant Srikanth Odela, it stars an ensemble cast of Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Dheekshith Shetty, Shine Tom Chacko, Samuthirakani, Sai Kumar and Poorna. The film is set in Veeralapally hamlet in the backdrop of coal mines in Telangana.
Dharani (Nani) and Suri (Deekshith Shetty) are childhood friends, both in love with the same girl, Vennela (Keerthy). But when Dharani learns of their love he hides his feelings.
The villagers lives revolves around the local Silk Bar, where caste politics is the norm.
Life goes on and Suri and Keerthy get married, when suddenly events, take an ugly turn and Suri is murdered. To his horror, Dharani discovers the lust of the local politico ( Shine Tom Chacko) who has evil designs for Vennela. Does Dharani manage to save her from his clutches? At what cost?
The film delves into the world of caste politics, power play and mind games. The film is raw and gritty with its no holds barred violence, set in a rough terrain, showcasing the hopelessness of people caught up in the drudgery of a miserable and tough life.
Nani aces it, with a career best performance that will remain etched in the memory of fans. Watch out for his transformation in the second half, followed by a rivetting climax, where the actor has outdone himself. Be it tenderness, humor, emotion or action, Nani aces it all with panache, in a,raw and rugged act.
Shine Tom Chacko is the lustful, evildoer has given a rock solid performance while Poorna as his wife leaves an impression. Keerthy Suresh does,a fantastic job as the innocent, playful Vennela whose world comes crashing down. Be it humor or emotions, Keerthy delivers and keeps you hooked. Deekshith Shetty from Kannada, delivers a credible performance as friend and lover and aces the action scenes as well.
On the flip side, the film takes its own time to get things moving, and gives you a slow intro into the world of its characters, in its unhurried pace before it raises a storm in the second half. The gory violence is not for the faint- hearted.
Compelling, engaging, Odella's Dasara,drags the viewer into its world and lingers in memory long after.