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Dictator Telugu Movie Review (2.5/5.0)

Cast: Balakrishna , Anjali , Sonal Chauhan
Directed by: Sriwass
Produced by: Kishore Lulla, Sunil Lulla, Sriwass
Music by: S. Thaman
Release Date: 14 January 2016

Chandu(Balakrishna) lives a normal life with his in laws in Hyderabad. One fine day, he comes across an aspiring actress(Sonal Chauhan) and helps her in a critical situation. The problems gets big and Chandu lands himself in a huge mess.

When all this is going on, Chandu's family gets to know about a shocking truth about his past which is related to all these problems. What is that shocking truth ? Who is Chandu in real life ? and where does Anjali feature in all this set up ? To know answers to all these questions, you need to watch the film on the big screen.

Dictator-Star Performance

Balakrishna as Chandu looks awesome. It is not a character of his age but he pulls it with ease. He worked very hard to look young on screen. But as Chadrasekhar Dharma alias Chandu, he is just fantastic. He looks very handsome as Chandu. It is 100% Balakrishna's movie. Sonal Chauhan has got glamor doll roll. She is ok in her limited role. Anjali is perfect for her role and is best selection. She looks good and perform her part well. Veteran actress Rathi Agnihotri is super fantastic in her role. She is delight to watch on screen for her acting. Suman is good as elder brother of Balakrishna. Posani again does his part with so much ease. 30 years Prudhvi and Shakalaka Shankar comedy is excellent. Aksha is good. Nasser, Shiyaji Shinde, Kabir Khan and other performed to their given extent.

Dictator-Technical Team

If anyone out there is interested in hearing what this solecism of a movie has for its plotline, here goes. A do-gooder enters another family to complete a promise given a close person. Things turn around and reveals his powerful another side. A villain blast back from past, but do-gooder clears all his hurdles to save his family. There is nothing exciting about the life of this man, who gets trapped in the gummiest situations imaginable, on account of a lack of common sense. At least nothing moving enough to be the matter for a film. The script offer no insight into the soul of the main lead either that makes him look like a powerful (and idiot at the same time!), who has simply lost his life from simplest possible reasons.

To Sridhar Seepana's credit, the story is damn simple as it possibly can be. Its sadly as unimaginative as well. Dictator gets busy kicking off A-B-C off the track, welding all kinds of punchlines, comedy, twists, characterizations, fights, plotline and situations in narration. Scripting done by Kona Venkat and Gopi Mohan is a junkyard of a script with piles of pure, predictable mass trash lying all around. What confounds me is how script writers and Seepana managed to get Balakrishna for this absolutely predictable garbage that defines all patterns of narrative. Scenes like a top Dictator (Who is even a highest tax payer of India) never gets recognized by anyone in any place, Being so affectionate Suman never tries to know the wellbeing of his brother for one long year of disappearance, When Anjali gets stabbed they discuss about family issues and other issues rather driving (the car behind her!) to nearest possible hospital, saving her..etc.

An opportunity totally squandered there are more than a few people associated with this film who deserved a better fate, the central ones being antagonist and female lead. What makes such a shattered character development all the more offensive is that Dictator has bought together a treasure house of acting talent and then let it be surplus.

The songs by Thaman S are fine and the background score by Chinna is equally good. Dictator theme is brilliantly composed by Thaman. The music and the songs are among the film's plusses. Full marks to Shyam K Naidu, the cinematographer who has composed some good frames for the film. Editor Gautham Raju faltered in editing, the lengthy second half and melodramatic scenes badly needs trimming. The production values of Vedhaaswa Creations are alright.


As you walk out of the theatre having watched “Dictator", you feel sorry for the film and film maker, since this was one that probably had tremendous potential, but which failed to evolve into an exciting film on screen. Everything feels damn boring, predictable, dragged barring the acting and for once, even with zero expectations a film seemed lameo.


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