‘Bangaru Bullodu’ hit the screens today (January 23). Here is our review of the latest comedy entertainer.
Prasad (Allari Naresh), an employee of a Grameen Bank, is told a stunning secret by his grandfather (Tanikella Bharani), who 26 years ago defrauded the local temple’s gold when faced with a pressing situation. Suffering from guilt, the grandfather requests his grandson to undo the crime and win over the grace of the goddess of the temple. Hard-pressed with meagre resources, Prasad resorts to some deceiving tricks with the help of his reliable colleague, played by Praveen. But things are not easy, and he has to confront a loanshark (Posani) and other a few other characters in the village.
For the first 30 minutes or so, you won’t find Allari Naresh trying even a semblance of comedy in the film. It’s as though director Giri Palika wanted to cast him as a dude in distress like how Vamsi Paidipally did in ‘Maharshi’. Only that Naresh doesn’t sport a beard in this film, possibly because he wanted to show variation as a dedicated actor. And, then, the director felt that Naresh is so famous for doing ‘allari’ in the presence of the heroine. Right after the entry of Pooja Jhaveri’s character in his life, the Grameen Bank employee turns into a Film City artist and launches himself into a world of naughtiness and mischief.
This film is a festival of dated themes. There is a litigated piece of land. There is a temple that is going into the hands of the endowments department against the wishes of the villagers. There is a 1950s-era robbery in a temple. There is a grandfather who threatens to be on the deathbed forever. There are proverbs like ‘Vandha abaddalu aadi aina oka pelli cheyyali’. There is a marriage broker who seems to have bribed Jio and Bharat Matrimony to stay away from the village. There is the deployment of ‘pekata’ language (because the hero’s elder brothers are addicts of ‘pekata’). There is a bank manager whose illicit affair…