Film: Bodyguard (Telugu)Cast: Venkatesh, Trisha, Saloni, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivas Rao, Subbaraju, Ali, Venumadhav, Dharmavarapu and others
Dialogues: Kona Venkat
Music: S S Taman
Cinematography: Sam K Naidu
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Action: Ram Lakshman
Produced by: Bellamkonda Suresh
Screenplay and directed by: Gopichand Malineni
Release date: Jan 14, 2012
Theater Watched : Harihar Cinema’s,Guntur
Rating: 3.25/5
Venkatesh New Film Bodyguard Telugu Movie Review:The combination of Venkatesh and Trisha is enough to generate interest and also provide the recipe for success. The hit pair is back once again. This time it is with a remake film. Bodyguard is a remake of the Malayalam film. Let us see if the director has made any changes or remained loyal to the original story.Story:Venkatadri aka Venky (Venkatesh) has immense respect towards Varadarajula Naidu (Prakash Raj) as he is saved by the Naidu from an accident years ago. Venky is now sent to be Varadarajulanaidu’s bodyguard and Naidu in turn asks him to guard his daughter Keerthi (Trisha) who is in danger from his rivals. Keerthi studies in the city and stays with her friend Swathi (Saloni). Irritated by Venky’s omnipresence in her life as bodyguard, Keerthi tries to divert Venkatadri by calling him as an anonymous caller and soon they fall in love with each other. But the story doesn’t end there.

Artist Performance:Venkatesh is cool and stylish. He does a perfect job. His comedy timing too is perfect. Trisha looks good and she makes a good pair with Venkatesh. The two come up with another winning performance. Saloni is okay. Ali is a little subdued. Prakash Raj and Kota are their usual self. Subba Raju, Tanikella Bharani and others have brief roles and they do justice to their roles.

Technical and Other Departments:Though this film is titled as bodyguard, the story is basically a love story. The format and conflict point in this film is strong. Hence this film proved to be successful in many languages. I have not seen Bodyguard in other languages, hence can’t comment about how much is altered in Telugu version. The movie starts off slowly, but film is interesting from the scene where heroine starts calling hero from a private number. The senti scene before interval is good. Second half is laced with interesting screenplay twist and ample dose of sentiment. Director Malineni Gopichand does decent job in getting sentiment and a part of comedy right. But the narration should be more racy.

It’s Thaman time now. He is scoring music for popular films these days. He has scored a couple of good melodies which are different from his standard populistic tunes. Kona Venkat’s dialogues deserve a special mention. A few dialogues like ‘Prema ante bus journey lantidi. eppudaina digi vere bus ekkochu. Kaani pelli flight journey lantidi. Okkasari ekkite madhyalo digataaniki kudaradu’, ‘Pagale neeku kanipinchadu. Neekendukura pagalu prateekaralu, ‘Parvati Nambiar’ etc are humorous. Sam K Naidu’s cinematography is good. He has captured beautiful locales of Canada in a couple of songs. Fights by Ram – Lakshman are effective

Analysis:First half of the film is okay. The movie gets interesting from the point when heroine starts calling hero anonymously. Second half sentiment works. Bodyguard is a tailor-made character for Venkatesh. The plus points of the film are interesting screenplay in second half and the main leads. On the flip side, more interesting narration in first half, fast paced narration and a crispy climax would have made this film more attractive. On a whole, Bodyguard offers what you expect from Venkatesh’s films with an interesting twist in end. Bellamkonda Suresh who is on roll with successive hits might get lucky again with a script that worked across the languages.

Final View:The film Bodyguard is a simple but decent love story with enough commercial ingredients to appeal to all sections of the audience. The film makes for a decent watch during this festive season. Venkatesh has not disappointed his fans and he is back on a winning track. Its a good film to watch this pongal.

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