TA Rating :- 3.5/5
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Cast: Nagarjuna, Anushka, Prakash Raj, Ganesh Venkatraman MS Narayana, Brahmanandham and others
Cinematography: Chota K. Naidu
Editing: Gautam Raju
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Story: Veligonda Srinivas
Screenplay-Direction: Srinivas Reddy
CBFC rating: U/A
Release date: 23-11-2012
What is Damarukam about?
Andhakasura is a dreaded demon who wanders in an invisible form even after the expulsion of entire demon tribe. He comes to know that when planets in the sky forms a particular shape (Panchagraha Kootami), he takes shape and gets the power of ‘Panchabhoothalu’ and becomes super powerful. He should marry a girl Maheswari (Anushka) born at that moment to become the emperor of the entire Universe. Only Lord Shiva can eliminate him. So, he executes the elimination through the hero, Mallikarjuna (Nagarjuna).
How did they perform?
Nagarjuna had delivered a matured performance in the role of Malli. He got in to the skin of the character and moulded himself to the role. Even in the age of 50 plus, his dedication is clearly seen in maintaining six pack and donning the Aghora get up to perfection. It takes a huge toll on the body in such age to act in this kinda role. However, he delivered it with ease.
Anushka looked beautiful in the role of Maheswari but had very little to do performance wise. Prakash Raj is good as Lord Shiva and can be termed as a decent portrayal. Ravi Shankar should take the huge honours for the role of Andhakasura. His body language, diction, acting every thing suited to perfection and had many times dominated every other character in the movie.
Comedy by Brahmanandham, MS Narayana, Raghu Babu and others is good too. Rest of the actors are okay in their roles.
Srinivasa Reddy made a name for himself as comedy director with back-to-back small-budget comedy hits like Adirindayya Chandram, Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila and Yamagola Malli Modalaindi. Getting a chance to direct a star like Nagarjuna is a dream come true for him. And it can be easily said he grabbed it with both the hands. He seem to have done good research with the story but failed Executed on Screen
Devi Sri Prasad is one of the unsung heroes of the movie. His songs are too good and back ground score is awesome and elevated the movie range to next level. This movie happens to be his 50th movie and it lived up to the promise. Chota K Naidu with all his experience is the best choice for the cinematography. Graphics by Firefly are top notch. Editing by Gautam Raju is good too.
DHAMARUKAM got released at last after clearing all the hurdles. It has been a long time we have watched a socio-fantasy flick with a big star hero in it. Dhamarukam has a strong story line supported with good screenplay (interesting scenes), a little bit of humour and good amount of Visual effects to engage the Audience. Dhamarukam lacks some spellbinding/overwhelming scenes and the mediocre Direction failed to elevate some crucial scenes. The old fashioned direction in many places makes you feel like it’s a routine Average flick.
Nagarjuna is okay. He has less role when compared to his regular heroic flicks. He delivered decent performance. Anushka is good in the role. She too doesn’t have much to portray. She has done her job well. Ravi Shankar is good; he has come up with some good expressions in many scenes. His voice is a plus as always. Prakash raj is good even in the subtle role. The visual effects by Fire fly are good. I don’t say that they are extra ordinary (because you can find the blur in some scenes in the Digital screening when you watch in a multiplex) but have given reasonable output.
The art work is good. Especially the story board artists (graphics department) have done reasonably good job. Editing by Gowtham raju could have been even better(some unnecessary scenes appeared dragged), the length of the movie is 156 minutes. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is a big plus to the movie. The songs sounded good and the visuals are cool. The song sung by Shankar Mahadevan in the Pre-Climax definitely elevated the mood. The background score is good.
We already know that Director Srinivas Reddy’s forte is comedy. He started the comedy threads in a hilarious way as usual but could not blend them properly (in the second half especially). The entertainment in the first half is good. Director himself has written the Dialogues, he is good at comedy ones but in serious scenes they are stale. There are some Serious scenes where you burst into laughs (like “This is a medical Miracle”) which the director could have taken care of. Srinivas Reddy cannot be compared with Kodi Ramakrishna but he tried his best to visualize and make the Audience believe in the pre -climax and the climax Scenes. The last half –an- hour is good to watch (excluding some jumps/falls of Nagarjuna in the climax)
The movie may do Average business in the ‘A’ Centers but the movie surely does go strongly with the masses. There are fair chances of becoming a hit in B,C Centers.
Final Say: Visual Feast for Telugu Movie Lovers….