Movie : Bejawada
Director : Vivek Krishna
Producer : Kiran Kumar Koneru, Ram Gopal Varma
Cast : Naga Chaitanya, Amala Paul, Prabhu, Kota Srinivas Rao, Brahmanandam
Starting his career with a mild image and later showing an urge for the lover boy image, Naga Chaitanya is now back with a burning zeal, which he clearly exposes, to take over the mass domain of Telugu screen, with his latest Bejawada.
Naga comes out in the brand image of Ram Gopal Varma, who earlier ripped Tollywood with Shiva (1989) starring Nag. Were they able to recreate the magic? Let us see.
Kaali Prasad (Prabhu) is a gangster in Vijayawada. His brother Shankar (Abhimanyu Singh) wants to replace him and take over the reigns.
In a war of supremacy, Shankar murders Kaali Prasad after a cold-blooded conspiracy. In the bloody game, Vijay Krishna, Kaali`s closest aide is also annihilated.
Now, it is Shiva Krishna`s turn (Naga Chaitanya), a student and younger brother of the slain Vijay Krishna, to take vengeance on Shankar. The rest of the story is how the game is executed.
A major minus point is that even before the release of the film, the audiences and the industry circles as well started drawing a comparison between Bejawada and Nag`s Shiva.
Going by the audience point view, Naga Chaitanya is not at all a match for the gory faction drama, considering his boyish looks.
Amala Paul looked adequate for Naga Chaitanya, but her role is limited to a few scenes. The characters who played the villains are adequate.
Bejawada is a complete misadventure for Naga Chaitanya. Debutant director Vivek Krishna totally failed to chisel the drama to perfection as it has ample chances to repeat the magic of Shiva, seen from the backdrop of Vijayawada.
Vivek makes Bejawada a poor show, bereft of any thrill or entertainment.
Bejawada utterly lacked the tempo of the revenge drama. Vivek Krishna`s directorial blunders and Ram Gopal Varma`s unwarranted creative inputs made the film a ridiculous treat for the audiences.
The screenplay is ludicrous. The comedy with Brahmanandam and Amala Paul looked deliberate. Naga Chaitanya efforts to get into the larger than life role utterly backfires. The music is good thanks to the contribution of four technicians, but the songs come as speed breakers.
Dialogues are artificial and fail to evoke the required response from the spectators. Editing is poor. The photography is a saving grace, while some stunt sequences can steal the show.
Over all, the movie holds nothing for any segment of the audiences under any class of viewing.