King Nagarjuna comes up with an action thriller Wild Dog based on true incidents of series of bomb blasts in Hyderabad and other places in the country. The film marks Tollywood debut for director Ashishor Solomon who previously directed a Bollywood film John Day and worked as writer for super hit films like Oopiri and Maharshi. Will this film provide break for Nagarjuna whose last few films bombed at box office?
ACP Vijay Varma (Nagarjuna) who is also a victim of terrorists attacks in Hyderabad rejoin NIA to catch the key player behind all the bomb blasts in India for last few years. He along with his team is on a mission to catch the terrorist leader. After a failure attempt in India, they go all the way to Kathmandu in Nepal where the team has many challenges. Will the mission Wild Dog be accomplished?
Director Ashishor Solomon penned the story based on true events and tried to make it as a commercial entertainer including fictional elements. The storyline is definitely intriguing as it is about catching the terrorist leader behind many bomb blasts in over years including series of blasts in Hyderabad. But, the narration was not as convincing as the story promised. Though his intense research is witnessed in investigation process which depicts how NIA functions, the lack of emotional connectivity plays the spoilsport. Rather giving enough space for investigation, Ashishor should have given space for other elements which would have made it an engaging watch.
It’s a tough job to capture action sequences and chasings, Shaneil Deo’s camera work is one of the major highlights. S Thaman too tried hard to fire up the visuals with his pulsating background score. Fortunately, the film doesn’t have any songs. Dialogues by Kiran Kumar are potent. Shravan Katikaneni has cut the film for a crisp runtime of 129 minutes. Still, there are few unnecessary elements in the final cut. Stunts by David Ismalone and Sham Kaushal are just outstanding. The action sequences give edge of the seat feel. Production values of Matinee Entertainment are definitely top-notch.
Onto performances, Nagarjuna played an action-packed role and he steals the show with his one man show. He is outstanding in action sequences. The actor who played the terrorist leader has done good job. All the team members of the mission did their parts aptly. Dia Mirza is limited merely for 3 to 4 scenes. Saiyami Kher has got a meaty role and she is good. Atul Kulkarni and Anish Kuruvilla were okay.
Lack Of Emotional Drama
Spy thrillers generate special interest and moreover the film’s story is based on true incidents. Above all, the film also discusses about the horrific events of Gokul Chart, Lumbini Park and Konark Theatre bomb blasts. Ashishor Solomon has done a good job in gathering the sufficient information about the mission, but he has showed his inexperience in handling the subject.
Without wasting any time, the film begins with a bomb blast in a popular bakery in Pune and the government hands over the case to NIA which is still a new agency but was established mainly to catch terrorists. With a small flashback episode Nagarjuna makes his entry as a NIA officer on a mission to eradicate terrorists in the city. Not much scope is given to family emotions and another flashback of Gokul Chat bomb blast unveils personal loss of Nagarjuna. The mission to catch the kingpin of the bomb blasts was bit lengthy and would have been handled well. The intermission sequence gives hint about the team set to fly to Kathmandu in search of the terrorist leader.
The latter half starts off on an interesting note with an attack on Wild Dog team in Kathmandu by unknown persons suggesting there is a corrupt officer in the department. And Saiyami Kher makes her entry with this action block. However, the narration turns very predictable and a marriage episode where the team misses the target too lacked the engaging and thrilling factor. Pre climax action sequence is cool, followed by an extended climax portions.
On the whole, Wild Dog is a mediocre action thriller. It would have become an excellent film with a perfect execution of the script. Thankfully, the director got excellent backing from all the technical team. Nagarjuna played an action-packed role and he is the biggest asset. CJ goes with 2.75 star rating and it will surely impress action movie lovers.