Cast : Allu Arjun,Shruti Haasan,Kick Shyaam,Saloni ,Prakash Raj
Music : SS Thaman Direction: Surender Reddy
Producers : Nallamalapu Srinivas (Bujji) And Dr. Venkateswara Rao
Releasing Date : 11th April, 2014, CBFC : U/A
Cinematography : Manoj Paramahamsa Budget : Rs 55 crores
Banner : Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Lucky(Allu Arjun) and Ram ( “kick” Shyam) both are siblings who keep quarelling right from their childhood for something or the other. After they grow up, Ram studies well and becomes ACP, and Lucky becomes nothing. He is so irresponsible and carries his anger on his brother. Both still try to come in each other’s way and interrupt for everything. Meanwhile, ACP Ram happens to become Shivareddy’s ( cruel Rowdy sheeter )enemy by trying to arrest him with some strong evidences of his illegal activities. This irks Shivareddy and plans a murder, which will be stopped by lucky unknowingly. Once he realizes that murder plan was actually implemented for his brother,he loses his temper and almost kills shiva reddy. In result, shiva reddy will be bed ridden in unconscious state. Knowing that, Shiva Reddy’s father, Peddi Reddy(Mukesh Rishi) enters and tries to kill the person who is the reason for his only son’s critical postition.
And from then, both shiva Reddy and lucky challenges each other and attacks each other on diffrerent occasions. What are the consequences of the fight between Shiva Reddy and Lucky and how did Lucky ends his battle forms the rest of the story.
Its a very routine story and gives an impression that “Race Gurram” is a little twisted story of “Kick” . In “Kick” there will be a similar battle between a police officer and a common man and in “Race Gurram” too it remains the same. In “Kick” the police officer is Heroine’s brother and in “Race Gurram” the police officer is hero’s brother. Interval Bang in “Race Gurram ” is so weak which failed to give any thrill or nail biting experience to the audience. Most of the scenes are very predictable. Hardly there are any big twists in the story. Very flat story line and routine sequences.
Allu Arjun, as lucky is good and his stylish power packed acting entertains his fans for sure. He is as energetic as always on screen,especially in the second half . Allu Arjun’s acting has ignited the palled story in the second half and takes it to a comfortable position from a boring one. It will be a paradox if some says All Arjun is the only actor who did all the acting. We should definitely mention “Kick “Shyam and appreciate his efforts too . Even he did a decent job .
And God knows how far sizzling beauty Shurthi Hasan’s presence in the film has helped to any one related to “Race Gurram”. She is used for what she is supposed to be used. Few songs and a few scenes thats it. Shurthi has got nothing to perform in the film. She failed to do justice to her role. Her acting was so pale in most of the scenes.And better not talk abot her dialogue modulation, which is simply horrible. It is palpably understood that Shruthi Hasan’s job is to attract mass audience with her extreme cleavage show in songs .She did that one job to perfection.
And there is another “old gurram” in the form of Brahmanandam who has participated in the Race to good effect and won many hearts equally with Allu Arjun. Had he not been there, audience would definitely get bored by the way story was moving forward at pre climax and climax scenes. Brahmanandam is a definite plus to the subject. Prakash raj played so unimportant role in the film as he also didn’t get much to perform.
A big bow to Thaman for his irritating back grond scores and monotonous tracks as usual. “Race Gurram” could have become a bigger hit , had the songs been more catchy like “Kick”. Why does he use those unnecessary plug ins for voices and makes it sound so weird when some one listens to the tracks in DTS. Eveyrone appreciating Thaman for his music, but he really is not worth to be appreciated that much.
As always, Surender Reddy’s taking has been absolutely spot on. He did a fair job in making “Race Gurram” wins the race . But it would have been more impressive ,had he concentrated on the story a little more. He has failed to extract acting from Shruthi and has permitted her just for skin show. He could not portray Prakash Raj’s character upto the mark.
Final Verdict :
Watch it for Second half … its worth spending your money on “Race Gurram” just for once.