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Dhruva movie review: Ram Charan Teja, Arvind Swami steal the show

Dhruva movie review: This film has three stars -- its hero Ram Charan Teja, its powerful villain Arvind Swamy and its script.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad | December 9, 2016 2:44:29 pm


dhruva movie review, dhruva review, dhruva, ram charan teja, rakul preet singh, dhruva image Dhruva movie review: Ram Charan Teja plays a honest and passionate cop in the film.

Dhruva movie cast: Ram Charan Teja, Rakul Preet Singh, Arvind Swami
Dhruva movie director: Surender Reddy

Friends define your character, whereas your enemy defines your capacity.

A strong hero needs a strong villain. Get that balance right and you have a hit on your hand. Dhruva, starring Ram Charan Teja as a cop and Arvind Swami as his nemesis, understands this dictum and that is where its brilliance lies.

Ram Charan’s Dhruva IPS is a passionate and righteous cop. On the dark side is Arvind Swami’s Siddharth Abhimanyu, drunk on power and steeped in corruption. When both will collide, expect popcorn-crunching, high-octane entertainment.

Having sketched its main characters well, Dhruva gives as much importance to its script. In fact, if the film has a third star, it is the script. The film is a tight-rope walk where the action thriller gives you just the right amount of romance and comedy without overtly leaning on either.

Charan has played action roles before but with Dhruva, he has filled the chinks in his armour that we saw in earlier performances. He is the kind of clean-cut hero who can do no wrong in the film. From his physique to his fights, he makes you hark back to Magadheera. The only thing missing from the mix is a signature dance step, which is such an essential part of a mass film.

An action thriller gets exciting when a powerful antagonist dovetails with the hero to drive the narrative and Siddharth is the guy who does the job. While Dhruva is passionate about justice, Arvind’s villain is bent on creating an empire and accumulating wealth through illicit means. But what makes him chilling is the fact he is as rational as the protagonist himself. Unlike the regular cliched villains of cinema, he is given a huge space to lay down his strategy and become a part of the narrative. In fact, the story begins with the villain’s point of view with seeds of evil sown from the inception and roots expanding till the climax. An elaborate set-up is created and it is left to Ram Charan to eventually untangle the script.

Arvind Swami treads the same path as in the Tamil version and appears as a clean winner again. His mien screams smugness as an accomplished and able scientist, an identity which hides his underworld misdeeds. The sheer brilliance of his performance will actually make you sympathise with him.

The film’s numbers add value to the film. Hiphop Tamizha know the exact tunes to pump up the narrative and Neethone and Choosa Choosa are songs where you could expect the acme of his beats.

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