Takkari Donga
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Cast: Mahesh Babu, Bipasha Basu, Lisa Ray, Tanikella Bharani, Rahul Dev, Surya (actor)
Director: Jayanth C Paranji
MusicDirector: Mani Sharma
Cinemotograpy: Jayanan Vincent
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Screenplay: Jayanth C Paranji
Dialougues: Jayanth C Paranji
Lyrics: Chandra Bose, Shashank Vennelakanti, Kulashekar
Producer: Jayanth C Paranji
Banner: Jayanth Falcrum
Presents: Jayanth C Paranji
Movie Genre: Action
Release Date: January 12, 2002
Synopsys:

Mahesh Babu, Lisa Ray, Bipasha Basu, Rahul Dev, Tanikella Bharani, Surya

Description:

Story
Movie starts off with Shaka (Rahul Dev) killing his own brother for particular information, which is also known to another man Veeru Dada. In the encounter Veeru Dada (Ashok Kumar) jumps off into a river from a cliff. After 18 years, we have Veeru Dada with a leg cut off giving info to Raja (Mahesh Babu), a mischievous thief who robs off the money from banks in a style. Raja gives Veeru Dada a share of 50% for all his tip offs. Raja becomes more daring as the price tag on his head increases by thousands. There is another mischievous thief Panasa (Bipasha Basu) along with uncle follows Raju so that she can dupe him and escape with all the looted money of Raja. As the things go on a frolicking way between Panasa and Raja, the desperate Shaka is searching for Veeru Dada in all the places. Veeru Dada realizes that Shaka would kill him soon. Hence, Veeru Dada offers a big diamond to Raja and asks him to escort her daughter Bhuvana (Lisa Ray) to his brother Dharma's place. The journey starts here. We have the couple going to a remove village on horses. Panasa and her uncle are following the lead pair. The bank managers too are desperately trying to catch Raja. What Shaka wants from Veeru Dada? Who is Raja? What will happen to Panasa? You must watch this technically extraordinary visual and aural feast on a big screen with DTS effect.

Artists Perfomance

Mahesh Babu suited the cowboy role very well. All the histrionics of Mahesh Babu are very stylish, yet not loud. In this film too, he proved to be the director's delight when it come to executing his part of scenes the way they have to be done. He took a great risk in few of the action scenes. On the screen, he should be complimented for the subtle, yet perfect, emoting. Off the screen, he must be commended for possessing the kind of GUTS in doing such a role of cowboy. Lisa Ray People might have some doubts about the Lisa Ray age etc. But the director has taken enough care to highlight all the positive aspects of Lisa Ray. She suited well as Mahesh Babu's girl. Dubbing done by the popular Savita Reddy add some more freshness and lovability to her character. She is extremely sensuous and yet innocent looking, Bipasha Basu did a sweet role, which is relatively short. Her dusky looks and demure performance will strike the right cords in the hearts of audiences.

Technical Departments
Jayant has done an excellent work as director for this film. Lots of shots in this film are brilliant. You cannot find this kind of narration in any Indian films. With this film, Jayant joins the list of Ramu, Krishna Vamsi and Teja in terms of showing technical finesse in shot making. Jayant has directed soft love stories in his last four ventures. Due to that, he did not have the opportunity to play with the techniques and prove himself as the director with great-technical-shot-making ability. The entire film has a light cowboy color theme (just like the hue Aamir used for Lagaan). Screenplay of the film is sensitive and effective. But he could have considered narrating the film at a fast pace. The way he introduced each and every characters is exceptionally good. He took his time to establish all the lead characters. And then he slowly unveiled the mystery and the connection among the lead characters in a systematic way. 'Takkari Donga' is another director's special film.

Analysis
Takkari Donga is a sweet and sensible film. If you are the kind of a guy who whistles when hero ferociously utters a dialogue and laughs loudly when a crude joke is cracked, this is not the film for you to watch. 'Underplay' is the right word for all the key aspects of the film. The only drawback of the film is slower narration and length of the movie. A Cowboy film, which belongs to Hollywood, is made for 1 and half hours. By making a film for 2 hours and 45 minutes will have some sluggishness in the narration. Takkari Donga is a true 'pop corn entertainment' film, which you are supposed to watch in a relaxed manner in a DTS theater without having any expectations or preconceived opinions in your mind. Takkari Donga is a real class film. The commercial success of the film depends on how masses embrace this class cowboy genre film. A cowboy film in Andhra would not have become a reality in the years to come as Prema and Seema films are ruling the trend, if Mahesh-Jayant combination were not there. Kudos to these two people for taking up such a huge risk. It's hot and happening. Watch it now!

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Singer(s): Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics: Chandra Bose
Singer(s): Tippu, Kalpana Chowdary
Lyrics: Vennelakanti
Singer(s): Prasanna, S P Balasubrahmanyam
Lyrics: Kulashekar
Singer(s): Kay Kay, Kalpana
Lyrics: Bhuvana Chandra
Singer(s): Usha, S P Charan
Lyrics: Kulashekar, Shashank
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