balupuIn an action film which has Ravi Teja in the lead, what is that one can expect? It would be action throughout and the same holds good in his latest film “Balupu” (Arrogance). Ravi Teja for whom his latest blockbuster was as far as 2011 and in the last 2.5 years as much as his seven films have bitten dust at the box-office and he hoped that this “Balupu” would be the most important flip to his career. However, in the end it seems that he needs to wait for some more time to have that blockbuster again in his career.

The film has a racy first half where Ravi (Ravi Teja) a recovery agent in a bank goes about his job with his friends. Mohan Rao  (Prakash Raj) happens to be the caring father who is keen on getting his son married. There is also Sruthi (Sruthi Hassan) along with Crazy Mohan (Brahmanandam) who are on a fooling spree. Ravi then decides to play the counter game with Sruthi and the trio provides some good comic entertainment in these scenes.

When things seems to be going well and the lead pair decides to end their games, the unexpected twist comes in the form of Rohit (Adivi Sesh) to whom Sruthi is engaged. Rohit perturbed by what he sees decides to take things in his hands and with the help of his uncle Poorna (Ashutosh Rana) tries to play spoilsport.

Things from there takes an altogether unexpected twist where Ravi and Mohan take a different avatar. Why does Ravi and Mohan change gears and what is the suspense behind them comes in the second half where the flashback depicts their true character.

“Balupu” does pretty well in the first half but in the second half the flashback scenes literally puts a halt to the proceedings. Ravi Teja wears a rugged look and action scenes light up the proceedings a bit. There is also Anjali who comes in a cameo role and there is absolutely no scope whatsoever for her to showcase her performance.

Ravi Teja gives paisa vasool to his fans, Prakash Raj as usual does his role to perfection. Sruthi Hassan does a decent job in her role and when it’s time for the film to draw its curtains, the makers suddenly decided to have her in a glam song just to up the pace and paisa vasool for the front benchers. Ashutosh Rana does a convincing role as the main villain.

Brahmanadam and Ali light up the screen when they come in for the comedy track. Director Gopichand Malineni seems to have overweighed the presence of Ravi Teja in the film that he had let the importance of story and screenplay to chance. Stories of similar nature is seen day in and out in Telugu cinema and there has to be something significantly different to attract the audience.

Overall with a running time of 150 minutes, the film ends up being more on the losing side than on the winning side. Ravi Teja’s fan might have something to cheer about but then in almost every other movie that he acts, it more or less fits into the action genre.

“Balupu” – there is nothing arrogant to captivate the viewer.

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