Venkatadri (Venkatesh) a is a trusted man for Varadarajula Naidu (Prakash Raj). On his request, Venkatadri joins as a bodyguard to his college going daughter Keerthi (Trisha) to protect her from his rival (Kota Srinivasa Rao). He will be escorting her to the college. But Keerthi feels it as a headache and to get rid of him, she starts teasing him inspite of her friend Swathi (Saloni) warning. Keerthi starts making anonymous calls to him, as a girl who is in love with him and makes fun. But finally she ends up in loving Venkatadri seriously. One fine day Varadarajula Naidu comes to know about their love and things get serious. Did Venky find his secret girl friend? What follows is the rest of the story?
Bodyguard is a tailor made script for Venkatesh and it’s a cakewalk to him. The character showcases love, happiness, comedy, sorrow and all other emotions equally and one has to agree Venkatesh is the right choice for the movie. He has made theater split in laughter with his lady getup in which he shakes leg for Poovai Poovai number.
Trisha is fascinating and she has delivered her best in performance. While the first half showcase her funny and naughty side, the second half brings emotional side to the film.
Saloni in the role of Swathi as Trisha’s friend performed very well. Prakash Raj is regular, Pragathi is alright. Ali and Venu Madhav are hilarious, Kota Srinivasa Rao is good, Subbaraju is fine.
Shyam K Naidu’s cinematography is good and the movie looked rich in each frame. Thaman’s songs are soothing and a couple of songs are shot in scenic locales, the background score elevated the scenes. Gopichand Malineni’s direction is good, the story is similar to the remake and had no big changes so is the screenplay, dialogues are amazing and special mention to Kona Venkat, also fights were choreographed well.
Director Gopichand Malineni stuck to the original version script without many changes making it a genuine remake. Bodyguard is a simple story with an unexpected twist in the end but what makes you fairly engaging and connects to the movie is the interplay of characters, emotional content, ease in narration and engaging dialogues. Also, Bodyguard has all the commercial elements, high voltage action sequences, the comedy is handled well, songs were shot in beautiful and scenic locales. First half of the film is packed with fights, romance, and humor while the second half is an emotional galore and the climax is an asset for the film. Bodyguard has its own flaws but can be overlooked on a whole.
A perfect Pongal outing for family audiences.