All the Best is so sloppy and haphazard that it corrodes you inch by inch as the film unfolds
Movie: All the Best
Cast: Srikanth, Kota Srinivasan Rao, JD Chakravarthy,Lucky Sharma, Brahmanandam, Anisha Singh
Directed by: J D Chakravarthy
Ten minutes into the film, All The Best seems like a prank gone horribly wrong. The jokes fall apart, random scenes are exaggerated beyond your belief, forcing you to question the logic behind what’s happening on screen. It goes without saying that you are not expected to think while watching a potboiler, but All the Best is too sloppy and haphazard to deserve our attention.
The film opens in a court room and we are told that Ravi’s father has been arrested for swindling `15 lakh from a bank. Ravi (Srikanth) is desperate to save his father and seeks the help of all his friends and acquaintances to raise the money to get his father out on bail. When everyone rejects his request, he bumps into Ambaji Rao (Rao Ramesh), who’s an expert at conning people. Ambaji promises to help Ravi but he informs him that he’ll be out of town for sometime. Ravi goes to a supermarket to con the cashier at the behest of Ambaji and when he’s almost caught Chandu (JD Chekravarthy) comes to his rescue. Soon, the duo goes on conning people in Rajahmundry and finally Chandu promises Ravi that he would help him raise `15 lakh.
Lakshmi Prasanna (Lucky Sharma), Ravi’s sister works at a Five Star Hotel where Abdul Razzaq (Pradeep Rawat) is staying. Chandu comes to know that Razzaq wants to buy a piece of land and he believes that it’s the best chance to make a lot of money. How Ravi and Chandu manage to con Razzaq forms the rest of the story.
Srikanth does an earnest job in his role; however, JD goes overboard at times. Moreover, there’s a lot of confusion over his characterisation. His sister hates him because he’s a crook, although he doesn’t exhibit such traits while dealing with others. Lucky Sharma makes an good impression in her debut film but she doesn’t get her due despite the importance of her character in the fim. The biggest problem with the film is that the fizz doesn’t last long to sustain the audience’s interest till the end of the film. Even Brahmanandam and Krishna Bhagawan don’t have much to do.
There are so many characters and subplots in the film that it’s tough to keep track of everything. It has its share of fine moments, but there’s no reason why this film deserves to be watched, unless you deliberately want to inflict the ordeal on yourself. Stay away from this film, but if you really want to watch it, then all one can do is wishing you — All The Best.