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Pokiri - Action unlimited
IndiaGlitz  [Thursday, March 30, 2006]

The Prince of Telugu cinema, it maybe recalled, was introduced as a chocolate box hero. He was seen as romantic, soft-focus hero for the youth set. But Mahesh Babu has come a long way since then.

Now the Prince has grown up to be a man of the masses. Even though he continues to shine in love themes, he has a new context ---an action hero.

Okkadu made him to be a action hero. He built it up through films like Athadu. He hopes to reach new levels in that through Pokiri.

Pokiri is, in a sense, his coming of age as an action and mass hero.

A film that has been made at record speeds (by Mahesh's standards), Pokiri is an action adventure that has all the other ingredients. The film started in November and is now all ready.

Directed by the redoubtable Puri Jaganadh, Pokiri is produced by Mahesh's brother Manjula.
Mahesh has reveled in this mass entertainer.

As Puri says Mahesh is a master of early collections. His Athadu had a remarkable opening. They now want to build on that all through.

Ileana, who is very active on the circuit, is the heroine.

The beautiful actress, who was very compelling with her performance in Devadasu, has oozed glamour in Pokiri.

The songs have been shot in places like Thailand (in the picturesque Phuket island).

The film is almost complete and the audio is expected in a couple of days.(EDIT: it's released today)

Check TRAILERS of POKIRI movie  

 Review: Just Released

Jeevi rating: 3.5/5
: Mahesh all the way

Vaishno Academy
: Mahesh Babu, Ileana, Prakash Raj, Sayaji Shinde, Asish Vidyardhi, Nasseer, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venu Madhav, Ajay, Rajesh, Sudha, Sony Raj, Jyothirana & Mumaith Khan
Music: Mani Sharma
Lyrics: Viswa & Bhaskarabhatla
Cinematography: Shyam K Naidu
Editing: Marthand K Vanekatesh
Fights: Vijayan
Presents: Srimati Indira
Story - screenplay - direction - dialogues - producer: Puri Jagan
Release Date: 28th April, 2006



PokiriPandu (Mahesh Babu) is a ruthless mafia man who kills anybody for money. He falls in love with Sruthi (Ileana) at the very first sight. Sruthi too loves Pandu, but hesitates to confess her love to him as he is a reckless criminal. Though a goon, Pandu has certain rigid principles that leads for an enmity with Ali (Prakash Raj) - the biggest mafia don in the town. The rest of the story is all about how he settles score with Ali.

Artists Performance

PokiriMahesh: In my opinion, this was the best ever performance by Mahesh Babu. His acting skills not only render commercial entertainment to the general crowds, but also delight the serious filmgoers. Puri Jagan should be commended for doing great characterization for Mahesh. Mahesh Babu’s one-liners uttered in Uttarandhra dialect are real fun. Mahesh Babu who is undoubtedly the best good looking hero of this generation is extremely fascinating with his new hairdo.

PokiriOthers: Ileana goes a step ahead from Devadasu in histrionics department. She is also another attraction for this movie. Sayaji Shinde steals the show in certain intense moments as a sincere cop. Prakash Raj is entertaining. Nasseer is extremely good in an episode that takes place 20 minutes before the climax. The comedy track of Brahmanandam and Ali is not impressive. This track should have been trimmed towards the end. Jyothirana is good as rowdy seductress. Item song girl Mumaith Khan put on a bit of weight.

Technical Departments:

PokiriStory - screenplay - dialogues - Direction: Story of the film is simple. The basic storyline of a guy trying knock off mafia by being a part of it seems to have certain roots in Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’. The twist in the plot has roots in 'Donnie Brasco'. Basically, Pokiri is a screenplay based film with a wafer-thin storyline. Screenplay is commendable. Puri Jagan’s asset has always been his characterization. He gave perfect characterization to Mahesh Babu’s character. Direction is neat, but for a few glitches in the second half. Dialogues written by Puri are very good. He also attacked TV channels and newspapers through Sayaji Shinde in an excellent manner. However, the director should have handled the following aspects in a better way

1. Prakash Raj who is introduced as a powerful mafia don is projected in comical style in the second half.
2. Sayaji Shinde’s character that is established very firmly in the beginning becomes weak towards climax.
3. There is no clarity regarding conflict aspect as the real intention of hero is not revealed for 80% of the film.

PokiriOther departments: Music by Mani Sharma is an asset. His background music is also good. ‘Gala Gala’ song is the highlight. When I listened to that song, I often wondered why lyricist used ‘Kanneeru’ in the lyrics. But the lead scene of that song aptly suited it. Raju Sundaram’s signature is prevalent in most of the songs. Cinematography Shyam K Naidu is good. Fights by Vijayan are satisfactory. Gunfire is used in most of the fights. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is neat with fast-paced cuts. Production values by Vaishno Academy are good.

PokiriAnalysis: First half of the film is very entertaining. The tempo has gone down a bit in the second half, but the run up to the climax is good. The plus points of this film are Mahesh Babu’s extraordinary performance and Puri Jagan’s characterization of hero. On the flip side, second half should have handled better. The emotions aspect is not properly taken care of. On the commercial front, Pokiri film has more appeal towards A centers and youth base compared to family crowds and B/C centers. On a whole, Mahesh Babu’s performance in Pokiri itself is worth your ticket and the rest is bonus!


Showtimes for Pokiri

Pokiri is currently playing in the theatres listed below. Click on a Theatre Name from the list below to check the showtimes:

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City Theatre Name Date
Belmont Studio cinema 5/5/2006
Belmont Studio cinema 5/5/2006
Detroit Novi Town Center 8 4/28/2006
Indianapolis Georgetown 14 Cinemas 5/14/2006


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