April 13th, 2020


Movie Critique – Athade Oka Sainyam

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Despite the weak or missed characterizations; bland dialogues in some places; mediocre music and obvious loopholes; I would say this is still an entertaining and engaging movie to watch from your couch on any day and get some good laughs. 

Athade Oka Sainyam (= He's an army) is a 2004 Telugu (= Indian Language) action comedy film directed by S. V. Krishnareddy (SVK). The lead star cast includes Jagapathi Babu, Neha and Prakash Raj. SVK not only Directed but also composed Music and wrote the Story and Screenplay for the movie.

When I first saw this film it immediately stuck me that it is based on the 1976 novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer. I even mentioned about it when I posted a review of the book years later. However there is no acknowledgement of that anywhere.

Being quarantined, I am finding ways to keep me entertained. And one medium I chose is movies. So, I decided to watch this action comedy film again to ward off some of the fears and apprehension that everyone is facing now.

Chanti (Jagapathi Babu) arrives in Hyderabad and starts recruiting people - a mimicry artist Siva Reddy (played by himself), a magician Ali (played by himself) and finally a software engineer Srinivas Reddy (played by himself). What are his motives, what is his goal, is what follows the rest of this action comedy film.

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