Dorasani movie review: (Mere honesty doesn’t pay off)
Raju (Anand Deverakonda) comes from a lower caste family that paints houses for a living, but Raju is an educated person. Devaki / Dorasani (Shivatmika) is the daughter of a landlord in a village in Telangana. Raju and Devaki falls in love with each other and right from the beginning of the story, the audience knows that they will not have a happy ending. So how they ended up makes the plot of the film.Analysis:
The film is set in a rural Telangana backdrop in ’80s. The choice is made to depict the feudalism, class differences and discrimination based on the caste system. The movie is a debut for hero Anand Deverakonda (brother of Vijay Deverakonda) and Shivatmika (daughter of Rajasekhar). So there will obviously be enough buzz that pulls people to the theatre. But will that make them stay in their seats is a responsibility the director should carry and the film is also a debut for the director, KVR Mahendra. The director has revealed what the film will be about in the trailers itself. There are many films that came with that story line but to attempt the same line again, the director should have a trump card up his sleeve that will pay off. Disappointment is that the director came empty handed. The director has a vivid vision and an inclination towards poetic story telling which is pretty obvious. But the miscalculation is that the director thought that it will work out. The protagonist is a poet who expresses his love for Dorasani through his poems. But most of the film, the expressions of Raju are confined to the poems he writes on the walls. Yes, he is a silent character but even then he didn’t have enough dialogue that makes audience empathize with his emotional side. Performance-wise, Anand gave his best but from the looks he appear in, it seems like he might not be suitable to a wide variety of characters. That being said, Anand has some great sequences in the movie that projects his potential. Shivatmika, too presented the character of Devaki which is confined to her house in a good manner, at least for a debut actress. The major drawback of the film seems to be the screenplay. The pace of the movie is very slow and in the first half of the movie there almost will be no story. The little of the story that exists too is easily predictable. The director’s intentions are honest. He wanted to project a pure love story that will run mostly on the staring of the actor and the actress, but that will not entertain an audience. Raju waiting in the rain to see Devaki from her window is a scene that occupies major part of the first half because that scene repeats again and again until the audience no longer takes it. The story itself calls for the need to address societal issues and the brutal reality that existed in those times. So the love story and the feudalistic touch should be balanced proportionately. But the screenplay is so bad that the scenes oscillate between the two themes in a way that creates restlessness. The climax is the only novel thing in the whole movie that breaks the predictable tone.Technical aspects:
The music of Prashant Vihari pleased the audience with its songs prior to its release and did the same with the movie too. There are some good background scores that make the movie’s slow pace bearable. Art work is the strong technicality in the whole film and Sunny Kurapati’s cinematography captures that in a perfect tone.
The performances are good but the writing gave a less scope for the characters. The screenplay and the slow pace are the main reasons as to why this flick might not do well at the box office. The director took the audience for granted because he never hesitated to be detailed about the poetic style as he thought the audience will get it. But since there are no scenes that elevate the intended part, the audiences are bored at that approach. The movie is an honest attempt. But mere honesty doesn’t pay off and it didn’t pay off with Dorasani.