Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Venkatesh Bodyguard 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.

The story begins with Tanikella Bharani, the owner of a private security firm sending Venkatadri (Venkatesh) to work as the Bodyguard of Prakash Raj. Venkatadri readily agrees as Prakash Raj had saved his life and that of his mother when they met with an accident during his childhood.

Venkatadri lands up in the village of Prakash Raj. Soon he learns that the real threat is not to Prakash Raj but his daughter Keerthi. Kota Srinivasa Rao and his son are after the life of Keerthi in order to take revenge for the death of Kota’s son.

Prakash Raj sends the Bodyguard to safeguard his daughter Keerthi who is studying in a college in the city. Swathi (Saloni) and Ali accompany Keerthi and Bodyguard. Keerthi cannot stand the Bodyguard following her all the time. She plays a prank on him in order to disturb him and hopes that this will keep him of her back. She keeps calling him up and telling him that she loves him.

Bodyguard is an innocent guy who believes that a girl is really in love with him. In a sudden twist, Keerthi starts loving the Bodyguard for his sincerity and honesty. She however does not reveal this to him and continues to call him in the name of ‘Bangaram’.

Venkatadri has the highest regard for Prakash Raj and so Keerthi is sure that he will never marry her if he learns that she is the one who has been calling him and proposing love. When Keerthi’s marriage is fixed with Subba Raju she has no other option but to take a firm decision. She plans to elope with Venkatadri but is not sure if he will agree.

Meanwhile Prakash Raj learns that Venkatadri is running away with his daughter but it is not the case as Venkatadri does not know the identity of the caller. What happens next? Will Keerthi elope with Venkatadri? Or will Prakash Raj kill Venkatadri. This is the suspense element that unfolds on the screen in the remaining part of the story.

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.

Story and Screenplay

Slow pace
Comedy not up to the expected levels
Director sticks to the original Malayalam film with no effort to add something new

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.

Cast: Venkatesh, Trisha, Saloni, Prakash Raj and others.
Director: Gopichand Malineni
Music: SS Thaman
Cinematography: Shyam K Naidu
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Released on: January 14

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