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The Review of
Mass

Starring : Nagarjuna, Jyothika, Charmy, Raghuvaran, Rahul Dev, Venu Madhav, Sunil, Dharmavarapu and others
Cinematography : Shyam K. Naidu
Fights : Vijay
Dance Choreography : Lawrence
Editing : Marthand K. Venkatesh
Dialouges : Paruchuri Brothers
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Story - Screenplay - Direction : Raghava Lawrence
Production : Y. Supriya (Exec. Producer), A. Nagarjuna, Annapurna Studios

Synopsis : Mass (Nagarjuna) is an orphan, who bonds well with his landlord's son Adi (Sunil). He is behind a collegian Anjali (Jyothika) who happens to be the daughter of Vizag city's mafia don Satya (Raghuvaran). This restricts her from falling for him, as it would land him in danger but she finally gives in. She suggests that he ties the knot immediately before her brother (Rahul Dev) and father who try separating them. The gangsters in the process kill Mass's best friend Adi (Sunil) when he tries to stop them. The hero moves into Vizag and stays in an apartment hiding his identity to take revenge on the mafia dons. Finally his quest for revenge is complete, and also he eliminates the anti-social elements in the society by killing them.

Artistes : Nagarjuna's well chiseled and muscular body makes him a good choice for the mass roles. Surprisingly, he was good in the fights and attempted typical mass steps in the songs. He goes back to his rough and tough, macho man get up used in Shivamani in this film. Jyothika's role is limited, and starts in the flash back in this film too. She could have been in better shape, but her decent performance makes up for it. Charmy plays the bubbly girl, which she plays in most films, and manages to get noticed. Rahul Dev once again excels in this villainy role, and the dubbing helped him better. Prakash Raj does well in the cameo, while Raghuvaran has been thoroughly wasted. Venu's Madhav, Dharmavarapu and Sunil has done well though their comedy track is stale.

Technicians : The story by Lawrence is highly predictable, and is totally formula based. The comedy is tasteless, while the romantic track between Nag and Jyothika are good. Fights by Vijay is also good, thanks to the ramping shots and crisp edits by the editor Marthand K. Venkatesh. The string works too were used well in the fights, except for a couple of shots. Choreography by Lawrence were good as he made Nag experiment and attempt some trendy steps. The music by Devi Sri Prasad is a bit monotonous, but still they are foot tapping. The song 'Vallu kalla Vayyari', 'Indrudu Chandrudu' and 'Mass' title songs were good, while the background score could have been better. Shyam K. Naidu's cinematography meets the standards, while Paruchuri Brother's dialogues were not upto the mark. Production values by Annapurna Studios were good, so was the artwork by Thota Tharani.

Analysis : The film started on a good note, but the director lost tempo half way through because of the shallow story. The interval bang ends at a wrong point, but the following scenes are good. The on-screen pair of Nag, Jyothika and the romance between them are cute. There is a lag again in the second half till the climax begins. The only unpredictable twist in the film comes towards the climax, which was interesting. The climax fight had the punch, and makes one get up with a feeling of satisfaction. Lawrence has to mature more as a director, and should pay more attention to logic and reasoning. He has a good potential in him to make a mass director, provided he doesn't ape his peers. The film started off with a positive talk. The movie has excellent openings because of the 180+ print release and Nag's craze, which is at its pinnacle now. Since many other films are slated for release soon, one should wait to predict the film's revenue generating capacity.

Courtesy: Non Stop Cinema

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