Raviteja's Dhamaka Movie is released on 23 December as an X Mas special. The film stars Sree Leela and is directed by Trinadharao Nakkina. The film's mass elements are attracting viewers. Dhamaka OTT rights have been acquired for a massive amount by Netflix. Its digital release date will be after the end of its theatrical run. Let us see whether Raviteja created a mass explosion with Dhamaka at the box office.
Dhamaka is a story of a street smart local guy and his doppelganger, a business tycoon. JP (Jayaram) head of JP Orbit is known to take over companies in a ruthless manner. He sets his sights on Nanda Gopal Chakravarty (Sachin Khedekar)'s People Mart and gives it as a birthday present to his son Arya (Chirag Jani). However, he faces problems from Nanda Gopal's son Anand Chakravarty (Ravi Teja). When he decides to take him head-on, JP gets a huge shock. To find out whether Anand Chakravarthy is able to save his father's business empire, how it is connected to middle-class youngster Swamy (Raviteja), his lover Pavani (Sree Leela), her father Ramesh Reddy(Rao Ramesh), his parents Vasudeva Rao, Yashoda (Tanikella Bharani, Tulasi) from the crux of the proceedings.
Raviteja is at his energetic best in dual roles and dual shades. These kinds of roles are tailor-made for him and he excelled in it effortlessly. Raviteja looked stylish as the son of a businessman and looked rough and tough as a middle-class youngster. The manners he showed in the role of the middle-class youngster are a treat to watch on screen. He entertained with his body language, dialogue delivery, expressions, and mannerisms. He danced energetically to all the mass beats and his dances are a treat to watch for his fans and masses. However, he lost all the glow in his face and looked odd in front of Sree Leela. Even his facial makeup looked odd and black marks around his eyes undid all his hard work. His dialogue delivery and witty one-liners are enjoyable.
Sree Leela looked beautiful and gorgeous. She oozed with glamor and danced competing with Raviteja's mass moves. However, at times, it looked like she couldn't compete with Raviteja's energy. But in songs, she looked good. Jayaram surprises all in the negative role. People who are used to seeing Jayaram in good roles will be taken by surprise by his performance. Sachin Khedkar is good in his role while Tanikella Bharani and Rao Ramesh performed well in the roles of Raviteja and Sree Leela's fathers. Pavitra Lokesh and Tulasi played their roles well. Hyper Aadi attracted with his performance and created a laughing riot. The scenes featuring Raviteja, and Rao Ramesh worked well at times but after some time, they ended up testing the patience of all.
Dhamaka story penned by Trinadharao Nakkina along with Prasanna Kumar Bezawada is out and out mass entertainer with no real twists and turns. Dhamaka starts on a predictable note with a business tycoon detected with a problem and his competitor trying to take over his empire. After an emotional start, Trinadharao Nakkina introduces Raviteja in class and mass roles, giving more importance to the massiest one. Sree Leela is introduced in a bubbly and beautiful manner. The proceedings remind viewers of many hit films and continue in the same manner but with few mass elements, songs, action, and romance, the first half sails smoothly till the interval bang. The interval bang results in little interest but at the same time, dilutes everything as nothing is left for the narration in the second half.
From then on, Trinadharao Nakkina passes time including various mass scenes, in the name of comedy, action, romance, etc to pass time and finally, the film ends in the most routine way. With a wafer-thin story or no real story, Trinadharao Nakkina planned to score a hit entertaining the masses. To some extent, he emerged successful ably aided by Raviteja's mass mannerisms and energetic dances. But after a point of time, everything goes over the top, and from then on it irritates movie lovers to the core. Dialogues are entertaining though routine and at times evoked laughs. Trinadharao Nakkina's story, screenplay, and direction offered little variation and people can enjoy it only if they keep aside the logic. Everything goes for a toss if one thinks of logic.
Bheems Ciciroleo composed tunes keeping in view Ravi Teja's mass image. All the songs are foot-tapping beats and are energetic. The songs are beautifully shot in extravagant locations and are well choreographed including mass moves. Most of them are all placed in such a way that it doesn't impact the flow. The background score is quite good and elevated the scenes at times. However, on a few occasions, it turned out to be loud. Karthik Ghattamaneni with his Cinematography used camera angles and lighting effects to perfection to turn the film colorful. Pravin Pudi's editing is ok but could have been better in the second half. Production values of People Media Factory, Abhishek Agarwal Arts are rich.
Altogether, Dhamaka turned out to be just a mass maska which even they do not buy as they have seen such films earlier. Trinadha Rao Nakkina with Dhamaka planned to show Raviteja elevating his mass image to another level. To some extent, he went on the right track. He showed Raviteja in the massiest and most colorful manner and Raviteja also worked hard at this age to steal the hearts of all with his mannerisms, energetic dances, and dialogues. However, Trinadha Rao Nakkina came with no real story and from then on everything turned out to be just a sugar coating just like packaging an empty vessel. So the planned double impact with Dhamaka did not happen as Dhamaka fizzled out without even a spark. All this happened due to senseless screenplay, and directionless direction. Finally Dhamaka turned out to be just a mass maska which even they do not buy as they have seen such films earlier. Considering all these elements, Cinejosh goes with a 2 Rating for Dhamaka.