Rating : 2/5
Director: Meher Ramesh
Producer: Paruchuri Kireeti
Banner: United Movies banner
Raghuram (Naga Babu) is undercover investigative journo who makes a document against mafia don Nana Bhai(Aditya Pancholi) regarding his illegal activities. The report reaches Nana Bhai who in turn kills the former but Rajaram (Venkatesh), Raghuram’s son sees his father’s death and he vows to take revenge in the name of Shadow. Will he succeed in killing Nana Bhai and his gang forms the rest of Shadow.
Venkatesh looked quite different and has experimented with his looks. As per the film, Venky has trusted the director and followed his instructions mechanically despite his good experience in films. He has performed his part well dealing emotional scenes, action sequences but couldn’t rescue the film.
Tapsee is gorgeous but is confined to songs. Her characterization is poorly etched but she impresses with her dance moves.
Srikanth as a cop delivers a routine performance and Madhurima is natural. MS Narayana as Psycho Sreenivas and Jaya Prakash Reddy brings few laughs while Krishna Bhagawan is okay, Rahul Dev is usual, Naga Babu as journalist is brief, Aditya Pancholi is impressive and he might bag some good roles hereafter.
Cinematography by Prasad Murella is good and the major part was shot in lavish locales. Thaman’s songs are catchy but the songs placement like naughty Girl..’ is poor. Background score is loud. The title song has wonderful choreography and shot very stylishly. Dialogues are senseless with meaningless Rhyming words, editing is inconsistent and jerky. Meher Ramesh direction is bad. Production values by United Movies are bad.
Shadow focuses on Style and rich locales rather than the content like any other Meher Ramesh film. The story is a regular revenge saga, yet it would have been a safe bet if the film is packed with gripping screenplay and good entertainment considering the fact that producers have spent lot of budget on the style.
Director Meher Ramesh failed totally in engaging the audiences in the proceedings and stuck with style concentrating on lavish locales, designer outfits, Choppers for dons’ et al. Venkatesh proved to be director’s actor believing in Meher Ramesh and following his instructions mechanically. Even the emotional scenes which are Venkatesh’s forte lacked the needed depth and impact. On the comedy front, the Gabbar Singh Antyakshari scenes including Venkatesh and MS Narayana might be a relief to few, while scenes showcasing Venky as a child, calling Tapsee as Aunty didn’t work at all, in fact they are terrible.
While the first half runs on a boring note with routine stuff, the second half totally tests your patience and the climax fight leaves you disappointed.
Even Venkatesh couldn’t salvage ‘Shadow’.