Movie : Race Gurram
Cast : Allu Arjun, Shruthi Hassan, Saloni, Ravi Kishan
Director: Surendra Reddy
Producer: Nallamalapu Srinivas, Dr Venkateswara Rao
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha
Music: Thaman SS
Ram (Shyam) and Lakshman aka Lucky (Allu Arjun) are brothers where the former is a tough cop who follows rules and regulations unlike the latter who achieves anything by hook or crook. Lucky who is in plans to fly US falls in love with Spandana (Shruti Haasan) at first sight and in parallel a string rivalry goes between Ram and Shiva Reddy (Ravi Kishan), an aspiring evil politician. As Ram collects evidences against Shiva Reddy, he plans to kill the strict cop. How Lucky does get involved in this and saves his brother and family is the rest of the story.
Allu Arjun does career best performance and his styling is good. He is outstanding in comedy timing and dialogue delivery modulation. He pulled off the movie with an ease and he tried his best in dancing.
Shruti Haasan looked gorgeous and she sizzled with her massy dance moves in cinema chupistha song.
Ravi Kishan goes over the board at times, Saloni has limited scenes, Brahmanandam as Kill Bill Pandey excels in hilarious role, Prakash Raj is apt, Shyaam is perfect, Ali, Posani does good job, Mukesh Rishi, Tanikella Bharani, Pragathi are apt for their respective roles.
Cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa is lavish, Thaman’s musical scores are ear-pleasing but a couple of songs ‘Gala Gala’, ‘Down Down’ looked misplaced. Background score is impressive. Dialogues are hilarious, editing could have been better; Surender Reddy scores in screenplay and direction, though it is not his best. Production values are rich.
Race Gurram guarantees loads of entertainment with high energy performances and ample stylishness. The film has its ups and downs but the good dose of comedy doesn’t bore you. Allu Arjun delivers career best performance with his style of dialogue modulation while Brahmanandam, Posani, Prakash Raj, Ali joins him in comedy scenes.
First half of the film is passable with interesting characterizations and comedy here and there but Surender Reddy has stored full dose of entertainment for the second half with the entry of Brahmanandam role. Ali, Brahmanandam scenes tickles your funny bones while Allu Arjun-Mukesh Rishi scenes are a good watch. The conflict scenes between the brothers are well-shown.
Despite the story being routine, Surender Reddy packed it with entertaining screenplay. The run length, misplaced songs and few action episodes are the negatives for the film while Allu Arjun, Brahmanandam, entertaining scenes are the positives.