Krishnarjuna Yudham Review: There are no winners in this war (Rating: 2.5)

Film: Krishnarjuna Yudham

Language: Telugu

Cast: Nani, Anupama Parameswaran, Rukshar Mir, Ravi Awana, Brahmaji, Nagineedu

Director: Merlapaka Gandhi

Rating: 2.5


Story: Krishna (Nani) is a villager who is desperate for a girlfriend. He is turned down by every girl in the village. As fate would have it he meets Riya (Rukshar Mir), the granddaughter of the village head Nagineedu. She is a doctor who likes to help the people in the village. Krishna's innocence makes her fall for him.  Arjun (Nani) is a very successful rock star in Europe. He is a Casanova and uses girls paper napkins. On an occasion, he sees Subba Lakshmi (Anupama Parameswaran) and tries to flirt with her who turns him down. He tries to convince her that his love is true and at one point it irritates her so much she leaves for Hyderabad. Mean While in th village  Nagineedu finds out about Krishna and Riya and sends her to Hyderabad. So both Krishna and Arjun follow their respective lovers to Hyderabad. Then they find out the girls never reached their homes. What happened to them? What will Krishna and Arjun do to find the girls' forms rest of the story?

Acting: Nani did a good job in the role of Krishna but the role of Arjun is a huge letdown. His comedy timing and raw emotions as Krishna are good.  Anupama Parameswaran as Subba Lakshmi has nothing new to offer. Rukshar Mir as Riya got a good role which she played very well. Her subtle expressions in love episodes are good. Ravi Awana as Villian has very short screen presence and has nothing to offer. Brahmaji as Arjun's friend and Nagineedu as Village head is adequate. Rest of Krishna's friends did their part.

Techincal: Direction by Merlapaka Gandhi is very weak. Looks like he concentrated more on Hero Characterization than on story which is very weak.  There too many dragged out scenes with nothing novel to offer. He completely mishandled the key conflict by not fully establish it.  Music by Hiphop Tamizha is too loud except "Dhaari Choodu" song. Even the placement of the songs felt awkward. Background score is OK. Cinematography by Karthik Ghattamaneni is good. He shot both village and Europe locals very well. The production by Sahu Garapati, Harish Peddi is rich.

Analysis: The movie opens well with a premise of Women trafficking and from there the graph goes down the hill. The key conflict point is not established well. There is no connection between the Heros and antagonist. Even Krishna and Arjun roles are half-baked and try to portray all the emotions at the same time. The heroines are a no-show in the entire second half except for a song and story revolves around Krishna and Arjun running around the city to find the girls which become tiresome after a point.



Box office: The movie will have a tough time at the box office in both domestic and overseas markets.

Verdict: Watch it at your own risk.

Bottom Line: There are no winners in this war.

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