Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Mukesh Rishi and Others
Director and Screenplay Writer: Gopichand Malineni
Written By: Abburi Ravi and Sreedhar Seepana
Producer: Nallamalapu Bujji and Tagore Madhu
Cinematographer: Chota K Naidu
Story: Veligonda Srinivas
Editor: Pravin Pudi
Banner: Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Release date: February 24th, 2017
Siddhu (Sai Dharam Tej) has a deep bonding with his father (Jagapathi Babu) but then his grand father (Mukesh Rishi) is money-minded and does take their relationship well. Finally, Siddhu was forced to flee his home during his childhood. Later he grows up and falls in love with Sitara (Rakul Preet Singh). But when he tries to propose her, Sitara dad fixes an allliance with Jagapathi Babu’s son Aadi (Thakur Anoop Singh) who is a goon. Rest of the story is all about how Sitara manages to overcome all the problems and proves to his father that he is his real son.
Sai Dharam Tej shoulders Winner almost single handed. The actor excelled in everything right from his looks to performance. He emerged as the major asset to the film. Rakul Preet Singh is an absolute eye candy in the film and is gorgeous in songs. The chemistry between them worked so well. Jagapathi Babu and Mukesh Rishi are good always. Vennela Kishore and Prudhvi managed some good laughs here and there. Anasuya’s item number works very well. Thakur Anoop Singh excelled in a negative role.
Gopichand Mallineni is known for delivering average entertainers with routine stories. The first half of the film is fine but then the second half is disappointing. The plot of the film is good but it is diluted with a very ordinary narration. The sentiment part is overstretched with too many cinematic liberties spoiling the broth. There are some comedy tracks here and there which helped the film to some extent.
The production values are top notch. It is surprising to see so much money on a mid-range hero. Chota K Naidu came up with grand visuals and the music composed by Thaman is average but the background score is impressive. The dialogues are okay and the editing is decent.
Rich Production Values
Sai Dharam Tej and Rakul
Dull Second Half
Winner emerges as below average fare with some commercial elements working out here and there. The execution is a big letdown for an otherwise good plot. Sai Dharam Tej should seriously retrospect about making such choices.