With Parbhu Deva and Lawrence Raghavender around the leitmotif of dance writes itself on to the film. After all, the duo is the two best dancers in the country now. But there was certain apprehension that how can mere dance make for a good movie. Won't it become tedious with too much of a good thing?
Well, the director and scriptwriter Lawrence has answered this question emphatically. He has come with a simple story and an effective script that packages the dances and other entertainment ingredient in a nice manner that what you get is a wholesome treat.
The smartness of Lawrence is that he has not over complicated himself with a difficult story. But he has done his homework and worked around niftily with a smart screenplay, which allows chance for him and Prabhu Deva to parade their undoubted dance skills.
The story, if anything, is very straight forward. Ganesh (Prabhu Deva), a splendid dancer, is prevented from participating from a dance competition by his rivals. He in fact loses his legs. So he has to come up with a riposte to his enemies. And he zeroes in on the equally talented Raghava (Lawrence) who works as a cleaner in a dance school. Ganesh understands the potential of Raghava.The two ensure that the rivals are defeated and that dance competition is won.
It is in fact a pretty obvious tale. But the director infuses good sentiments and entertainments by bringing in mass elements like surprisingly throwing up Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna for a couple of fights, the love of Charmi, the story of Raja and Kamalini, the sentiments of Raghava's mother. Everything has been given a place and the anticipation levels are matched. And above all, the awe-inspiring dances. In one word, 'whoo'.
More than Lawrence the actor, Lawrence, the dancer and the director walk away with all the honors. His ability with his legs needs no new mention. But in this film, he just crosses a new frontier and reaches new levels of callisthenic excellence. Prabhu Deva as his mentor is, as only he can be, amazing. Charmi as Lawrence's love interest passes muster. Then there is Raja, who despite being in a small, shows lot of spunk. Ditto in the case of Kamalini.
All in all, there is nothing much to crib.
With dance being on the center stage,the movie depended a lot on music and songs and Mani Sharma has given just that. High on rhythms (quite naturally), the songs have eminently dance-worthy. Kabir Lal, the cameraman, has canned them with style and sincerity. In fact, his work is one of the highlights of the film. Lawrence choreography belongs to a new genre.
Style surely lives upto its name.