Cast:Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan,Cast
Ali, Nassar, Prudhvi,
Shiva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju,
Ajay and Chaitanya, Pradeep Rawat,
Rao Ramesh and Tarun Arora
DURATION:2 hours 29 minutes
KATAMARAYUDU SYNOPSIS: The film focuses on Katamarayudu, an influential person who works for the weaker sections in society against Crony businessmen. How he triumphs over them and manages his complicated relationship with Avanti forms the rest of the story.
KATAMARAYUDU REVIEW: If 'Pawanism' is a fairly ambiguous term for some, then watching this movie will clarify what that actually means . The film showcases Pawan Kalyan in every scene and the script resonates with its real world tendency to take care of the common man and their questions Pawan's romantic track with Shruti Haasan, provides entertainment. The film shows why Pawan is one of the biggest stars in Tollywood.
Set in the hinterland of Rayalaseema the film revolves around Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan), a conscientious and influential person in his village. When a business man (Pradeep Rawat) comes to him to smuggle sandalwood, Katama takes him and his goondas to the cleaners. Clearly, the businessman ismixed with Narsappa (Rao Ramesh), a villagers who has a old score to settele with Katamarayudu. Despite all his good qualities, the only thing Katamarayudu lacks is a girl in his life. His four younger brothers (Shiva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju, Ajay and Chaitanya) and Linga (Ali) try to pair him with Avanti (Shruti Hasaan). They make many attempts to get Avanti to like Katama without his knowledge, and finally she falls for the do-gooder version of him that his brothers had sold to her.
The first half is a winner on the most counts. While the action sequences show Pawan Kalyan at his best, the comedy of Ali and the four brothers proves to be crazy; so also the to and forth exchange between Shruti and Pawan. Rao Ramesh as the quirky and sadistic Narsappa is engaging to watch, especially his dialogues with Pradeep Rawat. The dialogs are sharp and the script is crisp. The only negatives might be Pawan Kalyan's rather boring style in certain songs and scenes.
The second half has Katama visiting Avantis father, a retired judge (Nassar), who is impressed by Katamas nature. Meanwhile, another Crony businessman, Bhanu (Tarun Arora), has a score to deal with Avanti's father because he has locked him up in the past for a crime, and Katama comes to his aid many times. And just as it began to look good for Katama after regaining Avanti, he kills a goon trying to harm the family before the whole family of Avanti. As a result, Avanti and her family despise Katama for his violent activities and end the relationship there. Bhanu escapes prison and kidnapps Avanti and her family. How Katama comes to her rescue makes the rest of the story.
The plot in the second half is predictable and the script is on the slower side. Some of the song sequences are passable, while the music and background score remains decent everywhere. Prudhvi's performance as Avantis Uncle recalls similar roles of Brahmanandam as he tries to ward off Pawan's interest in Avanti, and he does a decent job with it. If you need more than a few laughs and a heavy dose of South Indian machismo, then this is a must see.