Mega powerstar,Ram Charan has been usually doing masala commercial fares. He changes his track a little bit and does a thriller within that commercial space. This difference is what makes him come across as good. Also, the effort put by him for the film is visible and works like a charm, overall. There is not much to appreciate in terms of dance. Performance wise there are a couple of scenes that are in the zone, otherwise, the rest falls in his intense mass image sphere with good scope for action and body showcase.

CAST:Ram Charan, Rakul Preet Singh, Arvind Swamy, Nasser, Posani

The film opens with a young Siddharth Abhimanyu (who grows up to be Arvind Swamy) who goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, so that his father (Posani) could get an MLA ticket in return. Cut to the present when Dhruva (Ram Charan) an IPS trainee, is introduced as a do-gooder despite bending a few rules with his friends to solve petty crimes. Dhruva lives by the philosophy that “your enemy decides your capacity” and he aims to choose an enemy who has the power to control “a 100 criminals”. Siddharth Abhimanyu, who is now a scientist, a Padma Shri awardee, son of the health minister, a kingmaker and the brain behind several crimes, turns into Dhruva’s target as a result. Thus begins the battle of wits between the two geniuses.
To begin with, the movie is visually incredible. This includes the actors, the cinematography, the locations and the artwork that went into each and every scene. Ram Charan looks his fittest best. As an actor Ram Charan impresses in all the scenes that required high emotion. The scene where he proposes to Ishika (Rakul Preet Singh) without letting Siddharth Abhimanyu who has him bugged know, would have you fall in love with Dhruva. And as for the scenes where he had to be elevated as the hero, they will not disappoint his fans. Rakul stayed true to the role given to her and delivered. Arvind Swamy though stole the show. You will find yourself waiting for him to appear on screen through the film. His entry in the film – appearing from the smoke as he walks out of his glass laboratory – is perhaps just as much grandiose as that of a star hero. That sums up how important he is to the film.

Dhruva, as promised, kept the essence of the original, Thani Oruvan, intact. And very well so. The minor changes in the script only added to the drama. The little details added in the hero’s personality, including the uber-fit body and the pen-clicking habit of his, added depth to Dhruva’s character. The final showdown between Dhruva and Siddhartha is what you should be looking forward to. More for watching Arvind Swamy than the climax. Before you know it you will love to hate Siddharth Abhimanyu and Arvind does it oh-so-effortlessly.
While the album has already claimed the attention of the Telugu audiences, the BGM in the film elevates the experience of the film to the next level. The sounds used are fresh and add to the punch that the movie packs.

One disappointment would be the dialogues that are weak and redundant, much like those of English movies dubbed in Telugu. And if you are the one to nitpick, then you will find the end of a powerful character like Siddharth Abhimanyu rather weak. You’d expect something on the lines of Neelambari’s death from Narasimha, but this one misses that impact – mostly because of the words it was put in than because of the actor or the script itself. However, Dhruva promises to be an edge-of-the-seat entertainer and it delivers impeccably. You won’t find yourself looking away from the screen through the two-hour-forty-minute runtime. Go watch it.




Hero and villain


Second half


Little bit slow at some times.

Updateap.com  Rating: 3/5


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