Adopting a film from one language to another is not wrong. Certain changes should be made in accordance with the latter language’s audience’s taste. But knowing what changes have to be made is more important than making changes. Dynamite is one such film which did a miscalculation in adopting a film. Directed by Deva Katta, starring Manchu Vishnu and Praneetha in lead roles, this film is a remake of a Tamil blockbuster “Arima Nambi”. It was produced by Manchu Vishnu under his home banner “24 Frames Factory”.
Sivaji (Vishnu) and Anamika (Pranitha) get closer in a limited time. Later Anamika gets kidnapped by some goons and Sivaji tries to save her. The story is all about what are the things Sivaji came to know in the operation of rescuing Anamika.
It’s a small plot which relies on screenplay completely. Deva Katta tried to maintain it in a racy manner to his best possible level in the first half. He didn’t waste much time in the aspects like introduction of lead characters and entered the plot soon.
Sivaji’s trails for searching and rescuing Anamika were narrated in an excited way. In this sequence, actors like Nagineedu, Raja Ravindra got good roles. The action sequence in Anamika’s rescue was good yet felt lengthier. The mind game played by Sivaji here made the interval episode an exciting one.
The second half is the heart of the screenplay. But here Deva Katta failed a little by reducing its speed. Here action sequences were employed more rather than employing a racy “Mind Game”. So, action sequences were felt boring. Meanwhile I liked the way Sivaji diverted the cops’ attention and the antagonist (J D Chakravarthy)’s trails to stop Sivaji. Chakravarthy came up with a subtle performance as a politician who carries on with his own work without projecting out his emotions. The climax episode was narrated well but the things like protagonist carrying off the antagonist into a fast moving train were unbelievable.
On the whole, Dynamite does an ample justice for the audience’s investment on it. Those who haven’t watched its original version “Arima Nambi” can invest their time and money on it.
Coming to other things, songs are a mere waste in these kinds of narrations. Yet there were three songs which turned out to be hurdles for the screenplay. Moreover, no song sounded ruminative and some of Vishnu’s dance movements were very funny.
Coming to performances, Vishnu tried to give the best output through his hefty look and attitude. Pranitha was as usual. JD Chakravarthy has done complete justice to his role as an antagonist. I liked his subtle yet serious performance in the scene where he watches the video along with an employee and in the climax scene. Nagineedu, Raja Ravindra got good limited roles while Viva Harsha tried to entertain for a limited time.
This film has a bad news for those who are fans of Deva Katta’s dialogues because he just handled screenplay & direction and handed over dialogues to BVS Ravi which do not have much to do in this kind of screenplay.
- Narration. Though it’s a remake, Deva Katta tried his best to deliver enough excitement to the audience with a thrilling narration.
- China’s Background Score. For thrillers, background score is the heart and Chinna succeeded in delivering an elevating background score.
- Limited Budget. It appeared, this film was completed within a limited budget.
- Overdose of Action Sequences. This has completely destroyed the main essence of the screenplay.
- Unnecessary Songs. There is no need of songs in these kinds of scripts yet there are three songs which were kept for the sake of hero.
- Slow Narration in the Second Half.
- Sathish Muthyala’s Cinematography. Most of the key scenes in this film happen in a night environment where cinematography should be appealing. But it’s not.
A Telugu version of this piece can be found here.
– Yashwanth Aluru