Film: "Tadakha"; Cast: Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Sunil Varma, Tamannaah Bhatia, Andrea Jeremiah, Ashutosh Rana, Rama Prabha, Brahmanadam, Raghu Babu, Jayaprakash Reddy, Vennela Kishore and Srinivasa Reddy; Director: Kishore Kumar Pardasani; Rating: ** - Illogical and predictable.
I think we have come to the point in Indian cinema where there is no room for logic, thanks to commercialism. We are a century-old industry and yet take pride in celebrating mediocrity because we have almost given up on quality films. Include "Tadakha", an illogical and predictable story, in the list of mediocre films.
The story revolves around the relationship of two brothers. While the elder one is weak, the younger one is strong and fearless.
After the demise of their father, elder brother Sivaramakrishna is offered a job in place of his father in the police department. However, he is way too scared to wear the khaki, so requests his brother Karthik to take up the job instead.
Even though Karthik seems interested, but thanks to the list of cases registered against him, he turns out to be unfit for the job. Siva is eventually lured into taking the job, which comes with a set of repercussions.
On the second day of his duty, Siva is handed over the responsibility of bringing back the kidnapped daughter of a customs officer from one of the local rowdies.
But it is Karthik who saves the girl from the kidnappers and makes everything look as though it was done by Siva. This sends chills down the spines of baddies, including most feared crime lord Bagga, played by Ashutosh Rana.
However, it doesn't take Bagga much time to figure out what's happening between the two brothers. What does he do to bring them down forms the rest of the story.
A remake of Tamil super hit "Vettai", "Tadakha" has nothing to write home about. The plot is wafer thin and hardly has any promising moments to look forward to.
While the film starts off on a lighter note, it doesn't take much time turning into a typical masala film. It turns so commercially annoying that you wish you could rewind few hours of your life and revoke the idea of watching the film at the first place.
It's high time we need a cap on commercially acceptable moments in a film. But, the irony is that masses love the overdose of commercial 'tadka', and that's precisely why the film may do well at the box office.
Chaitanya gives decent performance, but not fit for commercial roles. Instead of following in the footsteps of stars' sons, he should try to carve a niche for himself like a la Bollywoodo actor Abhay Deol.
Sunil too is getting repetitive after his charming debut as lead actor in "Maryada Ramanna". One fails to understand why actors with such calibre end up doing roles that are not suitable to their image.
Tamannah and Andrea have nothing much to do.
One thing I look forward to in most mindless commercial flicks is comedy, but sadly, don't get to experience that in the film despite the presence of senior comedians.
Technical department too doesn't quite make a difference to the overall experience of the film viewing.