Allu Arjun’s Sarrainodu, directed by Boyapati Srinu, released this Friday. Rakul Preet Singh and Catherine Tresa are the female leads. The story is simple. Gana (Allu Arjun) is the son of the chief secretary of the state. He has a military background and wants to repair the system. Whenever he sees something wrong, he takes the law into his own hands and settles the matter. He soon falls in love with local MLA Hanshita Reddy (Catherine Tresa), and despite some early rejections, she later agrees after seeing his good work. But before a marriage, Hanshita puts down a condition that that Gana must stop brawling around.
But meanwhile, the chief minister’s ruthless son Vairam Dhanush (Aadi Pinisetty) is trying to grab some agricultural land for a pipeline project. He even kills villagers when they object. And while Gana is taking a oath at a temple that he will give up all violent ways, Mahalakshmi (Rakul Preet Singh) enters the scene, chased by Dhanush’s goons. Who is Mahalakshmi? Why do Dhanush’s people want to kill her? How will Gana tackle Dhanush? Watch the movie to find out.
Sarrainodu is a typical Boyapati action entertainer. He targets the masses and concentrates on the action sequences, while projecting a larger-than-life hero.
While the formula has been successful in the past, Sarrainodu lacks a certain magic — mainly because he has kept the story in the background while trying to project Allu Arjun as a mass hero. Also, the subject is outdated and extremely predictable. There are also holes in the script. For example, the police chief and IAS officers being too scared of the CM’s son to report his criminal acts. Allu Arjun being the son of the chief secretary does not recognise the local MLA.
While the director manages to show a few emotional scenes, his brand of over-the-top violence hasn’t worked here. The other problem is that he has completely missed out on the entertainment part. And it is completely Boyapati’s fault for choosing such a wrong script for a star like Allu Arjun. Allu Arjun, however, is the only saving grace in the film. With his muscles, he does look the part of a military guy and has done his best. Aadi Pinisetty is a great find and has given a great performance. In fact, he should have been given more screen space.
Of the two female leads, Catherine Tresa looks stunning and does justice to her role. Rakul Preet’s role, however, is very limited. The cinematography by Rishi Punjabi is very good and he has captured some beautiful visuals. And while the action scenes have been choreographed in style, they are pretty much unbearable. The dialogues by Ratnam are average. But a scene between Annapurna and Catherine is just hilarious. A couple of Thaman’s songs are good and he has he provided good background music.
In conclusion, Sarrainodu is not up to the mark as Boyapati has completely failed to deliver the goods. Other than Allu Arjun’s performance, the film offers nothing other than excessive action.