Gang Leader Story:
Five females of varying ages have a common problem and target. They take the help of a writer Pencil (Nani) to avenge. What is the mission? Who is the person they are after, and why? It is what the movie is all about.
Gang Leader Star Cast Performance:
Natural Star Nani is always a delight to watch for his free-flowing natural style of acting and comedy timing. He is repeatedly as good as the material allow him to be. So, it is invariably up to the content that makes him appear repetitive and less appealing or charming and instantly lovable.
Barring a few scenes here and there, nothing stands out in the narrative that could make one sit up and take notice of the actor in Nani. Yes, there is the mandatory emotional scene (here with senior actress Lakshmi), but we have seen him do better before. But, what we liked about Nani in Gang Leader was that he let another actor (much younger in terms of screen age) steal a few scenes.
Nani surrenders to the vision of the character and let Karthikeya’s character dominate for a while. It makes the narrative effective and story work. One only wishes those brief moments of timidness were explored fully.
Priyanka Arul Mohan, Karthikeya and Others? Kartikeya takes up a negative role and stands tall. It is not just his physique, but the overall character design and styling that makes the impact. It has less screen time, but the job is done effectively.
Priyanka Arul Mohan is one of the weakest heroine debuts in Telugu cinema in the recent past. She is bland and lacks the screen present. It is particularly highlighted when she is put in between veteran artists like Lakshmi and Saranya Mohan. She is invisible. Luckily, Priyanka doesn’t have much to do to impact the narrative.
Among the ladies, Lakshmi is the best by far. She is in fine form (Oh Baby) and continues it in Gang Leader as well. Saranya Mohan is a distant second. She too does her part well. Vennela Kishore appears briefly and is hilarious the first time. The rest are adequate.
Gang Leader Technicalities:
Vikram Kumar is an exciting prospect in Telugu cinema thanks to his unique vision and concepts. He can get the best or at least closest to the best possible output for the genre he takes. Gang Leader isn’t a Manam or 24 conceptually, but it has a compelling premise that provides the possibility of a complete entertainer. The movie hooks you in with the opening block itself. It raises the expectations in the film instantly even if one has come with none.
Now imagine what happens when someone comes with high expectations in the first place? The rest of the narrative looks flat and gives an ordinary impression. The problem with the first half is the “entertainment” which is below par and an inconsistent tone. The latter informs us of the former when a couple of truly genuine hilarious moments arrive. We can feel the difference. On the story aspect, it is very thin and whatever twist is thrown lacks surprise. We already know what is going to be revealed. The real story is saved for the second half. Revealing it would be akin to spoiling the fun, so we are not going to do. But suffice to say that, the bite that has been missing in the first half story-wise is present here. Vikram Kumar could still not present it in an emotionally fulfilling way.
A scene or two exploring the pain of the lady gang would have been better considering the portrayal of victimhood. However, even without the emotional depth, Gang Leader already feels bit lengthy by the time we get to pre-interval. Maybe the director too felt the same, and hence a rush to complete the film. The climax is not at all expected from Vikram Kumar.
It is very routine and typical mass movie stuff. The uneasy mixture comedy, drama, robbery and routine action make the narrative lack consistency. It is what gives the feeling of something is missing when we come out. Overall, Gang Leader is a strict one time watch. An exciting and refreshing premise, few comedy scenes and a decent block in the second half are the reason for it. Give it a try if you have nothing else to do in this weekend, and go with low expectations.
Anirudh has done a fantastic job, musically. The songs are lovely, and the background score is good. The picturization of the songs could have been better though. Technically, the movie is excellent with superb cinematography and production design. The editing is decent. The writing could have been better and lacks the usual spark, for a substantial part, associated with Vikram K Kumar films.
Casting (Nani, Karthikeya and Others)
Few Comedy Punches
A couple of Blocks In Second Half
Flat And Predictable Narration
Lacks Emotional Depth
Illogical At Key Moments
How is the Movie?
An alternative take would be a full-fledged cat and mouse game involving the robbery and its repercussion between the protagonist and antagonist. It would sound even better of both had a few grey shades in them.
Nani`s Gang Leader Review – LIVE Updates:
After a heavy-duty fight during the climax, the film comes to an end on a happy note. Keep watching the space for the complete reviewDate & Time : 06:05 AM September 13, 2019
A small twist in the tale…climax portion is on nowDate & Time : 05:45 AM September 13, 2019
Some edge of seat tense scenes going onDate & Time : 05:35 AM September 13, 2019
An unexpected twist in the tale revealed nowDate & Time : 05:25 AM September 13, 2019
Some thrilling scenes between gang and Karthikeya are going onDate & Time : 05:15 AM September 13, 2019
Gang following Karthikeya and a twist regarding money is revealed. Now, the game is onDate & Time : 04:55 AM September 13, 2019
A few emotional scenes with the small kid in the gang leads to Hoyna Hoyna songDate & Time : 04:48 AM September 13, 2019
Post-interval scenes related to Dev(Karthikeya) are going onDate & Time : 04:45 AM September 13, 2019
First Half Report: Till now, the film is decent with some fun moments here and there. The plotline and premises have a novelty. Have to see how the second half turns to beDate & Time : 04:40 AM September 13, 2019
The film comes halfway on an engaging note. Break nowDate & Time : 04:35 AM September 13, 2019
At a quick pace, Karthikey’s flashback scenes are going onDate & Time : 04:30 AM September 13, 2019
The third clue was found and time for Karthikeya’s introduction as India’s number one car racer.His name is DevDate & Time : 04:28 AM September 13, 2019
A few hilarious scenes are on between Nani and KishoreDate & Time : 04:23 AM September 13, 2019
Second clue found in the investigation process.Now, star comedian Vennela Kishore makes an entryDate & Time : 04:18 AM September 13, 2019
Now, its time for the second song Ninnu Chuse Anandamlo. A nice montage songDate & Time : 04:10 AM September 13, 2019
The gang finds the first clue regarding the robbery and starts investigationDate & Time : 04:05 AM September 13, 2019
Nani accepts to take the lead as a Gang Leader. Now, Its time for the first song Ra Ra (Roar of the Revengers)Date & Time : 04:00 AM September 13, 2019
The gang meets Nani (Pencil) and asks him to be their leader. A fun narration is on between Nani and the ladies gangDate & Time : 03:52 AM September 13, 2019
The gang is in search of their Gang Leader and the proceedings lead to Nani’s introduction in a simple and funny mannerDate & Time : 03:42 AM September 13, 2019
Now, the lady gang (a group of five members) has been introducedDate & Time : 03:35 AM September 13, 2019
A detailed bank robbery scene going on with robbers in masks…Date & Time : 03:25 AM September 13, 2019
The movie started with a note “Based on true events happened between 2006 and 2007”.Date & Time : 03:20 AM September 13, 2019
Hi…the film has just started and its duration is 157 minutesDate & Time : 03:17 AM September 13, 2019
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