Dasara Movie Review : Nani delivers a memorable performance in this slow burn

By Sanjit Gupta

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    Dasara Story: Dharani (Nani), Suri (Deekshith Shetty), and Vennela (Keerthy Suresh) have been friends since their childhood, enjoying a relatively peaceful existence. However, circumstances beyond their control have suddenly disrupted their lives, and they are about to experience a profound and lasting change.Dasara Movie Review,dasara movie download,trailer,tickets,budget,

    Dasara Movie Review

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    Dasara Review

    Srikanth Odela’s debut film, Dasara, is a complex piece of work with contrasting elements. The film’s visuals are captivating, and the characters have the potential to deliver more, while the atmosphere is charged with the impending threat of collapse. However, Srikanth fails to delve deeper into some of the themes he introduces, and others are resolved too hastily, resulting in an uneven impact on the audience. While some of the film’s moments hit hard, others fall flat.Dasara Movie Review,Dasara Movie Review, dasara movie download,trailer,budget,

    In Veerlapally, frequenting the Silk Bar is a cherished custom, paying homage to the owner’s admiration for Silk Smitha. However, the prevalence of caste discrimination prevents certain individuals from gaining entry despite their contributions to the establishment’s financial success. This practice is tolerated by the male patrons, much to the dismay of the female inhabitants of the village. The pervasive coal mining operations in the area leave everyone perpetually coated in soot. Rajanna (Sai Kumar), Shivanna (Samuthirakani), and the latter’s progeny, Chinna Nambi (Shine Tom Chacko), vie for dominance, but the individual who holds sway over the liquor remains the undisputed victor.

    Since childhood, Dharani (Nani) has been plagued by numerous fears. He tends to remain silent in uncomfortable situations and has a tendency to lose bladder control when he hears a cat shriek. To cope with his fears, Dharani’s grandmother suggests that he drink alcohol, and as a result, he carries a bottle with him at all times. Despite his fear and dependency on alcohol, Dharani is extremely loyal to his best friend Suri (Deekshith Shetty) and is willing to do anything for him, including sacrificing his own love for Vennela (Keerthy Suresh), who is also in love with Suri.dasara movie download,trailer,tickets,tickets,dasara movie tickets,budget,

    Despite their desire to lead a carefree life of stealing coal off trains, drinking heavily, and staying out of trouble, Dharani and his group of misfits find themselves embroiled in a much larger issue. As the problem escalates, hidden motives are exposed, and the death toll rises, Dharani must confront his deepest fears without relying on his usual coping mechanisms, such as alcohol and his best friend Suri.

    In the first half of the film, Srikanth dedicates a considerable amount of time to establishing the world of Veerlapally and its inhabitants, paying attention to even the smallest details. However, after a major event disrupts their lives, one would expect the film to become more action-packed in the second half. Instead, Srikanth allows the characters to grapple with their emotions, resulting in scenes that may not always captivate the viewer’s attention. Some scenes are too heavy, while others fail to hold interest. Additionally, the much-hyped song, “Chamkeela Angeelesi,” feels out of place and abrupt. Furthermore, although Srikanth touches upon several topics, he does not delve deeply enough into them.

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    Srikanth exudes unwavering confidence in his deliveries, leaving a lasting impact on the audience with several memorable scenes in the film Dasara. One such scene, the pre-interval, is particularly striking in its haunting depiction. Rather than a typical ‘interval bang,’ it leaves the viewer uncertain as to the direction the plot will take. The climax is equally intense, with the director unrestrained and uncompromising in portraying the film’s violent and cathartic conclusion. The movie’s massy, high-octane moments are effective, as are the emotional scenes, with women’s voices occasionally given a platform despite their suffering from men’s decisions within the film’s universe.

    Nani puts his heart and soul into his portrayal of Dharani, making it one of his most intense performances to date. Despite its weighty subject matter, he shoulders the film with ease. Keerthy Suresh shines in certain scenes but falls short in others. While her dancing at a baraat is delightful, her over-the-top acting in a key scene can be frustrating to watch. Shine Tom Chacko is given a chance to showcase his acting prowess in an unhinged scene, but unfortunately, his potential is not fully utilized in the rest of the film. Sai Kumar and Samuthirakani also suffer from underutilization in their roles. However, Poorna and Deekshith deliver solid performances. The film benefits greatly from Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography and Santhosh Narayanan’s music, which are major assets.

    Dasara is not the film that leaves you with a smile at the end of it all, it also doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Could it have been better? Sure. But Srikanth Odela and Nani make this slow burn work. So, credit where credit is due.

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