Debutant Srikanth Odela directs Dasara. Coming from the school of Sukumar, he has picked a raw and rustic tale and setting for his first attempt. For the first time in his film career, Natural Star Nani has played an out-and-out mass role in Dasara. Apart from Nani, the film also stars Keerthy Suresh, Dheekshith Shetty, Samuthirakani, Sai Kumar, Zarina Wahab, and Shine Tom Chacko. The film is set in the backdrop of Singareni coal mines near Godavarikhani of Telangana. The trailer of the film was released on March 14. Dasara hit the screens worldwide today amid exceptional hype. Let us discuss if the film has reached that level of hype and craze in this review of Dasara.
Dasara Movie Review
Nani’s Dasara, like its recent counterparts like Rangasthalam (2018) and Narappa (2021), is a very familiar tale about the ugly side of caste politics. Nani is back on the big screen after Ante Sundaraniki. It shows how effortlessly he slips into different parts. His role in Dasara couldn’t have been any more contrasting. From the first frame until the end, Nani stays in character and breathes it. He’s lucky it has a perfect mixture of action, comedy, and drama. He nails them all perfectly. Keerthy Suresh, too goes for a drastic makeover with Dasara. She is also good and shares neat chemistry with Nani. She is integral to the narrative and does well whenever the opportunity arises. Dheekshith Shetty plays a vital role, easily becoming part of the trio along with Nani and Keerthy Suresh. He plays the aggressive heroic character neatly. Apart from them, the Malayalam actor Shine Tom Chacko has a pivotal part. He is excellent when given the scope, but that is only in a few places. It makes one feel that his talent is not fully explored. Director Srikanth Odela makes a nice debut with Dasara. He is more excellent as a director than a writer. He will definitely get some crazy offers from renowned banners in the days to come. The director shows his outstanding skills on the big screen.
But As a writer, Srikanth Odela fails to choose a compelling story. He runs the screenplay well in the first half but when it comes to the second half, the screenplay is very slow and gives one boredom. Also, there is nothing much to enthrall audiences except for the climax.
On the whole, Dasara is a rustic rural drama that weakly engages its audience on the emotional front, despite good performances from its lead cast.