In pics: Shakti review

Updated: April 01, 2011 02:58 IST

At Rs 45 crore, Shakti is among the most expensive films in Telugu in recent years.

In pics: Shakti review
Cast: NT Rama Rao, Ileana, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Prabhu, Vinodkumar, Nazar, Sonu Sood, Sayaji Shinde, Daniel, Brahmanandam, Jackie Shroff, Krishna Bhagwan Ali, Venu Madhav, Pruthvi, Srinivas Reddy, Pooja Bedi, Manjari Phadnis, Manju Bharagavi, Pragati and others.
In pics: Shakti review
Credits: Music – Manisharma, Dialogues – Satyanand, Cinematography – Sameer Reddy, Editing – Praveen, P, Producer – Aswinidutt, Story, screenplay and direction – Meher Ramesh.

Banner: Vyjayanti Movies

Release date: April 1, 2011
In pics: Shakti review
At Rs 45 crore, Shakti is among the most expensive films in Telugu in recent years.
In pics: Shakti review
The result is a lavishly made film with great locations, special effects and action.
In pics: Shakti review
But where is the story. Audiences are left with a strange mishmash of a period film in modern times. The result is just as absurd as it sounds.
In pics: Shakti review
The film draws its name and inspiration from the concept of the 18 shakti pithas (places of Shakti worship) in India. It even suggests (mysteriously) of an unknown pitha.
In pics: Shakti review
So we have Pooja Bedi as an Egyptian princess who wants to get her hands on a pure crystal, an ancestral treasure. The crystal lies in the possession of Mahadevaraya (Prabhu).
In pics: Shakti review
Mahadevaraya who also happens to be the custodian of this unknown Shakti temple and the Home Minister of the country! We did say it was a mishmash!
In pics: Shakti review
More confusion! Mahadevaraya has his own battle to avenge the killing of his father (SP Balasubrahmanyam). He must also regain his father's stolen special trident.
In pics: Shakti review
If you are wondering about the hero, NTR Jr plays Shakti Swaroop, a guide who is accompanying Aishwarya (Ileana) and her friends on a trip.
In pics: Shakti review
Shakti Swaroop has a hidden identity but that's for you to discover even later.
In pics: Shakti review
The director failed to bring out the performances of talented actors such as Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Sayaji Shinde and Prabhu.
In pics: Shakti review
Pooja Bedi failed to emote and looked wooden in most of her scenes.
In pics: Shakti review
NTR Jr tries to show off his slick dance moves, while Ileana relies on her glamour.
In pics: Shakti review
Catch the film if you want to watch NTR Jr on screen. We think he needs to select his films with more care!

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