Railway Raju (Sree Vishnu) wants to become a cricketer but circumstances, both internally (his sister) and external (his lover), force him to become a gangster. A cop Imtiaz Ali (Nara Rohit) is hell bent on nabbing him. What happens in the end in between the tussle of right and wrong is the overall story.
Nara Rohit delivers a calm and calculative performance like he always does. It lacks the spice to make it mass loving, but it isn’t completely bad either to be ignored. It is in an in-between land.
Sree Vishnu is actually given the hero character. This was a massive opportunity for him to get registered. Unfortunately, it highlights his weakness as an actor. He is a limited actor who can’t show the various emotional gamut’s the character has in store.
Taniya Hope is good. She has a limited role and does sincerely whatever is told for her to do. Sasha Singh gets better as the character progresses.
Among the supporting actor’s Brahmaji is very good. He brings the emotional depth to the film with his sincere and perfectly pitched act. Rajeev Kanakala is alright. Prabhas Seenu is good. Ajay is wasted. Satyaraj is killer in a couple of scenes.
Sagar K Chandra director of previously controversial movie Ayyare has come up with another interesting movie. In Appatlo Okadundevadu, he traces the journey of a regular guy next door wanting to become a cricket player to a gangster. Everything is perfectly placed for this journey and the narration is told in an interesting way through flashbacks keeping a bit of suspense alive.
The problem here not what’s on paper per se but what’s on screen. The execution fails to show the meat present in the script properly on screen. There are again two problems here, one is related to the actors and the other is technical like cinematography, editing etc. On both these scores, the film falls flat. The tension that is present in the script is never visible on screen, similarly, the emotions that can be felt while a reading script is not that appealing when enacted by the actors on screen. Only a seasoned actor like Brahmaji gives some genuine moments and reactions in the film.
If anyone can remember the film Bhavani starring Suresh then they can understand the problem here. Bhavani was a remake of Sanjay Dutt starrer Vaastav. The remake had all the content it needed to be a success only it erred big time in the casting of main lead and the result was a washout. It is the same with Appatlo Okadundevadu where the lead actor’s despite their best efforts fail to bring the true range and emotions required for the character to make it big.
The music by Sai Karthik is below par but the background score is good. In all other technical departments, the movie is a failure. Dialogues are adequate.
Bottom-line: Hero Undoes The Effort