Cast: Sree Vishnu, Kayadu Lohar, Suman, Tanikella Bharani, Madhusudhan Rao, Pramodini, Prithviraj, Ravi Varma, Vasu Inturi and others
Music: Harshavardhan Rameshwar
Cinematography: Raj Thota
Producer: Bekkem Venugopal
Writer-Director: Pradeep Varma
Talented hero Sree Vishnu is known for his content driven films. Irrespective of the results, he tries to give the audience something new and interesting every time. He has arrived this Friday with an intense cop thriller titled 'Alluri'. The posters and trailer created a good impression on the film and with good promotions, the film has finally hit the screens. Let us see how the movie turned out.
A Ramaraju (Sree Vishnu) is a strict and honest police officer. He gets a lot of transfers due to his sincerity. His biggest challenge arrives in the form of a politician and it leads to a lot of crucial circumstances in Ramaraju's life. What will Ramaraju do? How did he bring the politician to justice? Will the police officer get the better of politician? These questions will be answered on the big screens.
There was a time when cop action thrillers would guarantee success. Many star heroes played the role of police officers and scored memorable hits. But the routine police entering a ruthless villain's kingdom and challenging him, type of stories have started to bore the audience. Barring a film like 'Krack', not many police stories have managed to succeed in recent times. When the news came out that Sree Vishnu will be seen as a strict and powerful police officer in 'Alluri', many wondered if he could pull off the role convincingly or not.
But the actor did a fine job and makes you believe in his character from the get-go. Also, the film starts on a good note as the director decides to go ahead with the story right away rather than beating around the bush. The hero's character has been presented quite well and he is given a lot of elevations. While some may find it a bit odd to have such huge elevations for a normal hero like Sree Vishnu, they do not bother the audience much. Despite not showcasing anything different, the film's unit succeeded in engaging through the first half with hard-hitting dialogues, good action sequences and hero's characterization.
There were a few places where the makers went over the board but the mass elements are mixed in the right proportions in order to please the action lovers. The interval bang arrives at the right time and pre-interval scenes gives you a high thereby setting the stage perfectly for a smashing second half. Barring the love scenes which were out of the place, the first half goes at a decent pace with strong scenes at regular intervals.
The main problem arrives in the second half. It is when things start to slow down a lot and the director starts to lose grip on the screenplay. It feels too long and starts to test the patience of the audience. There is a lot happening on the screen but the connection is lost somehow which makes the film dull and even a bit boring at times. The action sequences which impress you in the first half gives you a repetitive feeling in the latter part and the routine scenes like Muslim and terrorism bring the graph down. The climax is handled decently but the damage is already done by then. The filmmaker who did a good job of engaging the audience in the first half failed to repeat the same in the second half. The lengthy runtime can be felt all through the second half which works against the film. Overall, 'Alluri' is a cop drama that starts off well, sets the stage perfectly but falters in the second half.
No matter what film it is, Sree Vishnu gives his hundred percent every time. He excelled in the police officer's role and his makeover should be appreciated. His subtle yet powerful way of expressing intensity in many scenes is just amazing to watch. It is safe to say that he carried the entire film on his shoulders. The actor in him truly excels in the emotional hard-hitting scenes.
Kayadu Lohar is decent as the female lead. She did not have a lot to perform but she did justice to her role within the given limits. Tanikella Bharani showcased his maturity and added a lot of weight. Suman is fine as Sree Vishnu's superior. Raja Ravindra did a good job while the rest of the actors including Pridhvir Raj, Ravi Varma and others did well
Harshavardhan Rameshwar's music fails to register. There is not much scope for songs but the inclusion of songs made the film lengthier. The songs were badly placed too. However, his background score is quite good and he tried to elevate some key action sequences with his music. Visuals by Raj Thota are decent. He captured the action sequences wonderfully and provided what was required for the story. Proper care should have been taken during the editing as the second half feels a bit too long. Also, there are a few scenes that can easily be chopped off. Production values are adequate and director Pradeep Varma did an okay job with 'Alluri'. He was successful in extracting good performances from his actors but his screenplay lacked pace. The film fails to engage after a certain point and the gripping narration required for a cop thriller went missing in this film.
Verdict: A Decent First Half, A Disappointing Second Half