Film: 'Parama Veera Chakra'; Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sheela, Ameesha Patel, Neha Dhupia, Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Nagineedu, Brahmanandam, Ali and others; Producer: C. Kalyan; Story-Screenplay-Direction: Dasari Narayana Rao; Music Director: Mani Sharma; Camera: Ramana Raju; Rating: *
When a well-known director announces his 150th venture with a big star cast and a powerful story, topline producer C. Kalyan backing it up and a popular actor like Nandamuri Balakrishna in the lead, one expects something extraordinary.
In short, 'Parama Veera Chakra' directed by Dasari Narayana Rao boasted of a surefire winning combination with top technicians and two Bollywood actress, but it fails to please the audience because of the age old narrative technique and a miserable script.
Dasari fails to make use of a good opportunity - weak script and poor direction spoils the whole show and the movie fails to connect with the present generation of audience.
In the early 1980s, Dasari had directed two fantastic films - 'Bobbili Puli' and 'Sardar Paaparaayudu' with the late legendary actor NTR. But the problem is that he used the same outdated technique in this film too. Viewers may wonder why Dasari continues to torment the audience after giving continuous flops in last few years.
The story starts off with two military officers approaching popular actor Chakradhar who has essayed many powerful roles besides taking up causes which are dearer to the people. The two officers want Chakradhar to make a film on Major Jayasimha who has been wrongly framed by crooked politicians and army personnel.
Later the army officers refuse give him the full story and ask Chakradhar to come to Himachal Pradesh to meet real Jayasimha.
Balakrishna shouts and screams in the film, but fails to raise its standards by his charismatic presence. There is enough skin show by three actresses but it fails to save the movie. Comedy sequences involving Brahmanandam and Ali, which are a spoof on Rajnikanth's recent film 'Robot', evoke some laughter.
Veteran artists like Jayasudha and Murali Mohan should be happy that they have very short roles.
Mani Sharma's music fails to impress and the other technical work in the film is also ordinary.
It is better if you avoid this film.