After making a novel comeback with Naandhi, Allari Naresh is back with another intense action drama, Ugram which released in theaters today. The film marks the collaboration of Vijay Kanakamedala and Allari Naresh again after Naandhi. Lets dig into the merits and demerits.
Shiva(Naresh) is a strict police officer who catches a weed smoking Gang of Four who sexually abuses young girls. He arrests them and later this gang warns his wife Aparna in an sexually demeaning manner. Shiva kills all the three, but misses one of them. Later, he along with his family meets with an accident and his wife and daughter goes missing. Is the fourth person in the gang responsible for missing of Shiva’s wife and daughter? How does Shiva solve his missing family mystery forms the rest of the story.
What about the onscreen performances?
Allari Naresh is mostly known for his comical roles but he has started to change the route now. He undergoes a pretty substantial makeover to play the role of a cop. It’s refreshing to see him in such author backed roles. He did his role to his best in the movie. The voice/modulation however is inconsistent throughout the first half which seems to be better in the second half. Mirnaa Menon as Aparna is OK. Indraja as doctor did fine. Rest of the crew did well in their roles..
What about the off screen talents?
The director Vijay Kanakamedala dealt with police brutality in Naandhi and this time around, he has shown Naresh himself as a cop. The screenplay could have even tighter for this type of suspense story. The movie misses the emotional connect and thus keeps away the audience hooked.
The cinematography looks fine. The BGM is really good and it does the job of elevating the tempo of the proceedings many a times. The production designing is ok. Editing could have been better especially in the second half.
- Naresh’s new dimension
- Background music
- Director’s effort to keep the suspense intact till end
- Unexciting conflict/mystery plot revelation
- Love track in the first half
- Dragged Second Half, especially Climax
- Wafer thin story
- No emotional connect
Ugram is a suspense mystery thriller that keeps one guessing by the end of the first half but goes down south in the second half. Although Naresh and BGM are the only positives in the movie, Lack of emotional connect, unexciting conflict reason, dragged climax and 2nd half makes it a below average watch.
Telugubulletin.com Rating: 2.25/5
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Ugram is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language action thriller film directed by Vijay Kanakamedala from a story written by Toom Venkat. It stars Allari Naresh and Mirnaa Menon in the lead roles. The film marks the second collaboration of Allari Naresh and Vijay Kanakamedala after their recent blockbuster Naandhi.
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6:30 PM: Ugram starts with Shiva (Naresh) and his family meeting with an accident. His wife and daughter goes missing from the hospital. Flashback story starts about his family life. Naresh’s voice does not match powerful cop role.
Interval Report : First half of Ugram offers nothing more than a typical cop drama, the only element that peaks audience interest is the mystery element of his family. Naresh’s voice/modulation is inconsistent bit performance good. BGM is good. Largely depends on 2nd half