Dictator Movie Review - Treat to Mass Audiences
Cast: Balakrishna, Anjali, Sonal Chauhan and others
Directed by : Sriwass
Produced by : Eros International
Banner : Vedaashwa Creations
Music : SS Thaman
Chandra Sekhar Dharma (Balakrishna) is the owner of Dharma group of companies. He will have a quarrel with Mahima Roy (Rati Agnihotri) in a land dispute. How Chandra Sekhar Dharma handled the situation is rest of the story.
Bala Krishna : As usual Bala Krishna given his best in this film, his dialogue delivery, his comedy timing, his action episodes and his performance every thing is perfect. He did two different shades in the film and he made his presence in both the shades. In first half, his character is very settled and simple and the other character is power packed. Overall, Bala Krishna carried the whole film on his shoulders.
Anjali : Her character is limited but made her presence, the chemistry between the lead actors is good. She fitted the role perfectly.
Sonal Chauhan : Her character is very limited, she go only one song, She has nothing to do with main stream cinema.
Rati Agnihotri did main villain role, she fit the bill and given her best. Bollywood actor Nawab Shah did meaty role, he made his presence. Posani Krishna Murali, Raghu Babu and Vennela Kishore tried to tickle your bones, Kabbir Khan, Ajay and Vamsi did baddies in the film. Suman, Nazzar, Sayaji Shinde, Rajeev Kanakala, Aksha and Kasi Viswanath did supporting roles in the film. Shraddha Das and Mumait Khan did special song in the film. Others just come and go.
Music by S S Thaman is average. None of the song works on screen except one or two. Background score by Chinna is pefect and has created required essence. Cinematography by Syam K Naidu is excellent. He did magic again with Dictator and shows the movie with rich visuals. Editing by Gautham Raju is good. Art Department is nice. Fights composed are of Balayya caliber and works well. Production Values are rich and good.
After delivering a big hit Legend, Balakrishna was seen in Lion that failed to set the box-office on fire. To change his style a bit, he had accepted this film as director Sri Wass is known to present movies with touch of entertainment. But Sri Wass who has delivered a good mass entertainer with Gopichand starrer Loukyam seems to have confused how to handle a big star like Balakrishna and so he has chosen a clichéd story. Most of Balayya’s films have similar storyline.
The first half of the movie runs on the usual masala movie ingredients with good interval bang but post interval it drags on and loses steam. As there is not much story and lack of a strong villain, the film falls flat in the second half. Also there are some elements to keep Balakrishna's core fans happy, not much to talk about in general. Some episodes seems to have been inspired by Hollywood movie, The Equalizer.
Verdict : Strictly for Mass audiences
Rating : 3/5..