Vishal-Shruti Haasan starrer, Telugu dubbing of Tamil film Pooja is said to have strike a chord with Telugu audiences as “native” factor is missing in the dubbed version. Except Vishal, Shruti Haasan and Radhika, all the other cast are not well-known for local audience here and thus it disconnects them from film. Although actor Satyaraj is known and even played father role to Prabhas in Mirchi, lack of Telugu comedians in the film and hero’s sidekicks are directly imported from Tamil land mars the film.
While the first half of the film is good, it’s the latter part that mars the film. Lethargic narrative during the second half and drama turning out predictable while unfolding the story have worked against the film. Blame director Hari for mixing up several films and churning out a predictable one. But what keeps you stick to the seat is the film’s pace. Had Vishal took extra-care on Telugu version and would have made few changes suiting to audience here, the film would have an average run.