Read Film Hindustan Herald’s review of Dasara, a movie directed by Srikanth Odhela and starring Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Shine Tom Chacko, and Dheekshith Shetty. The movie is a captivating tale of caste, politics, and love triangles, set in the village of Veerlapalli. While the world-building exercise by Srikanth Odela is immersive, the love triangle in the movie feels the least interesting among the many little stories. Nevertheless, the climax action sequence and the cycling sequence are creatively crafted, leaving the audience spellbound.
Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Shine Tom Chacko, Dheekshith Shetty
Dasara tells the story of Dharani who is in love with Vennela (Keerthy Suresh). But she and Dharani’s best friend Suri are in love and as a child, Dharani “sacrifices” his love. Things take a turn for the worse when a bar and an evil Sarpanch get in the way and the two men turn towards politics.
Writer-director Srikanth Odela’s Dasara packs many ideas into one film and creates an exciting world of Veerlapalli that we know thoroughly. We know the village has a clear demarcation of caste. We know that even in the bar, the one place where men claim to drown their sorrows and boredom, they cannot drown their differences.
Suri’s presence should have been like that of Julius Caesar — imposing despite not being present in the scene. But sadly, his presence ends up propelling the plot and the action scenes forward rather than leave a mark.
Nani and Santhosh Narayanan push the screenplay forward. I can’t think of the last film in which Nani was disappointing and this film proves that we might have to wait longer. Keerthi Suresh as Vennela struggles to bring freshness in the second half.
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