Film : Dhamarukam (2012)(Telugu)
Cast: Nagarjuna, Anushka, bommaaLi Ravishankar, Prakash Raj, Ganesh Venkataraman, Jeeva, Devan, Brahmaji, Prabhu.
Story: Veligondla Srinivas
Screenplay: Sreenivass Reddee
Dialogues: Sreenivass Reddee
Cinematography: Chota K. Naidu
Music: DeviSri Prasad
Sound Design: Raghunath K.
Lyrics: Jonnavithula, Bhaskarabhatla, Chandrabose, Ramajogaiah Sastry, Sahiti, Karunakar Adigarla
Playback: Sai Venkat, Karthik, Srikrishna, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, M.L.R. Karthikeyan, Jaspreet Jasz, Suchith Suresan, Chitra, Sunitha, Harini, Gopika Purnima, Mamta Sharma
Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Dinesh, Sivashankar, et al.
Art: Ashok
Costumes: Ravikumar Pila
Makeup Chief: Eswar
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Action: Vijay
Visual Effects: Firefly Creative Studio
Producer: Dr. R. Venkat
Direction: Sreenivass Reddee
Date of Theatrical Release: November 23, 2012
Watched Theater : Harihar Cinema’s Screen 2, Guntur
Rating: 3 / 5

Nagarjuna and Anushka New Telugu Film Damarukam Movie Review:
Telugu movie Damarukam (Dhamarukamm) has finally hit the marquee after being delayed for more than a year. But it is really worth waiting. Prior its release, the hype and promotions of the film have soared up the audience’s curiosity to the sky high. It surely meets all your expectations. Lead actors’ best performances, wonderful story and its rich production values will definitely take you by surprise.

Andhakasura ( bommaaLi Ravishankar) is the only one that remains of the raakshasa clan, petrified in a deep cave and supported by his henchman Maayi (Jeeva), after a long war with the gods. He awaits the time to bring himself alive so as to take control of all worlds. In order to achieve his goal, he has to marry, during a complete solar eclipse, a girl that’s born at the time when the five celestial bodies Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Sun, and Moon, come into collinear positions ( panchagraha kooTami). Such a girl, Maheswari (Anushka), is born to Viswanatham (Devan) and his wife (Pragathi), with the boon of Goddess Parvathi. Malli a.k.a. Mallikarjuna (Nagarjuna) is born with Lord Shiva’s blessings, but when Andhakasura realizes that Malli could stop him from achieving his goal, he kills all the elders in Malli’s family (Giribabu, Geethanjali, Sameer, and others) and leaves Malli and his sister orphans. Malli is spared because Andhaka thinks he’s dead, and his sister is paralyzed in her limbs due to the shock and injuries in the whole ordeal. As the raakshasa needs to marry Maheswari with her willful consent, he takes the form of her cousin Rahul (Ganesh Venkataraman) from the USA and comes to their house. Malli, on the other hand, becomes Maheswari’s friend and bodyguard in a turn of events, and he’s supported by Lord Shiva (Prakash Raj) himself in a human form. With Andhaka possessing a boon from Lord Shiva that the latter would not interfere in the path to achieve the former’s goal, can a mere mortal Malli save Maheswari?

Artists Performances:
Damarukam is the big budget movie in the career of Nagarjuna. Likewise, it is also his best movie in performance wise. The King has delivered brilliant performance in all fight, dance, sentimental and comedy sequences. It is Nag’s show all through the movie. Anushka Shetty has less scope for acting, but she impresses you in song sequences. Prakash Raj, Ravi Shankar, Brahmanandam and others have also lived up to their respective roles.

Technical and Other Departments:
The movie has 70 minutes of stunning special effects, which are the main attraction in the technical front. Devi Sri Prasad’s song compositions and background score are other highlights. His tunes like ‘Reppalapai’, ‘Nestama’ and ‘Shiva Sankara’ will be remembered even after you are out of theatres. Amazing fight scenes are its another big asset. Chota K Naidu’s camerawork in songs and fights is superb. Other departments like dialogues, costumes, art work and editing are also commendable.

Movie Analysis:
Damarukam is a romantic action flick. Nagarjuna’s electrifying performance is the main highlight of the film and its special effects are its other main attraction. Its beautiful story, dialogues and narration, Devi Sri Prasad’s rocking music, wonderful picturisation, stunning fights, comedy, beautiful locales, costumes and art work are its other highlights. A few illogical and artificial scenes are its drawbacks, which you might miss to observe clearly, while you are busy enjoying the film.

It is a socio-fantasy movie, which revolves around the story of a common man, who fights against a Rakshasha with the help of Lord Shiva and saves the world. Director Srinivasa Reddy has selected a wonderful script for Damarukam and has a good grip over the tempo. He manages to keep you glued to the screen with a few comedy sequences and romantic songs in the first half. But the movie goes on a serious mode in the second half. The amazing VFX work in the 30-minute climax is sure to leave you spellbound.

Final View:
Dhamarukam has the richness that its makers have always promised, but suffers an underdeveloped story treatment and a relatively-weak climax with a passive presence for the protagonist. Watch it for an impressive audio-visual experience and to see youthful Nagarjuna, a charming Anushka, and a frightening Ravishankar.

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