Allari Naresh dazzles in this laugh riot which takes a dig at every cliché associated with Telugu cinema.
Quite rarely do films live up to the pre-release hype and it is even tougher when someone claims to have made a full length spoof. Allari Naresh’s Sudigadu is not just a full spoof film, it is ‘the mother of all spoofs’ ever made in Telugu cinema. It’s been years since someone has attempted anything like this and Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao, the director of the film, does a terrific job in filling the film with so many spoofs that one will lose track of the numbers of references in the film. The best part about it is that nothing feels awkward.
Allari Naresh stars as Shiva, the quintessential Telugu cinema hero, who’s both brave and lucky right from his birth. When he ‘suddenly’ grows old enough to save Hyderabad from several atrocities, he goes on an undercover mission to eliminate the gang of a don named ‘D’. In this process, he meets Priya (Monal Gajjar) and ends up going on a long adventure in search of his parents. How he manages to do it forms the rest of the story.
Sudigadu is a worthy remake of C S Amudhan’s Tamil Padam and kudos to Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao for coming up with innumerable whacky lines which take potshots at clichés in Telugu cinema and even television. One such instance is a scene where we are transported to the sets of a popular TV show Challenge. Those five minutes are worth whatever you are going to spend on the film. The film’s first half is a laugh riot and it sets the bar so high that the second half falls just short of sending you on a laughter-crazed trip as much as the first half does.
Nevertheless, the film is a breezy entertainer and a complete paisa vasool film.
Allari Naresh does a terrific job with his role which gives him the license to go berserk. The confidence with which he delivers even the most hilarious lines with a poker face is noteworthy and he carries the entire film on his shoulders. Music by Sri Vasanth is alright and Vijay Ulaganath’s cinematography is good. This is not the film where you should raise questions about the logic behind a scene. It’s a spoof. All you need to do is sit back and tell yourself ‘OMG! That’s so true’. Two thumbs up for the film.
Cast: Allari Naresh, Monal Gajjar
Director: Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao
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