Banthi Poola Janaki Review

Rating: 1.5/5

Critic Rating: (1.5/5)
Banthi Poola Janaki is the latest Telugu film which released in the theatres today. The film which is touted to be a comedy thriller was directed by Nellutla Praveen Chander. Produced by Kalyani-Ram under Ujwala Creations, the film features comedian Dhanraj and Diksha Panth in the lead roles. The film has Jabardasth show comedians Sudigali Sudheer, Rocket Raghava, Chammak Chandra, Adurs Raghu and few others in important roles. Dhanraj who is doing good with comedian roles is trying to make a mark with solo hero oriented films. He starred in Panileni Puli Raju and Dhanalakshmi Thalupu Tadithe in the past and comes up with this Banthi Poola Janaki now. Let’s see the review on the film here.

Story

A still from Banthipoola Janaki
A still from Banthipoola Janaki

Janaki (Diksha Panth) is a film actress who was about to take National Award for Best Actress. She lives with her manager Syam (Dhanraj). As she was announced as Best Actress, her film director Ahankaram (Chammak Chandra), hero Akash (Sudigali Sudheer), Writer Miriyalu (Rocket Raghava) and Producer Bangarayya (Adurs Raghu) lands in her house to congratulate on the success. After a series of event, one by one in the house encounters death and that too because of Janaki. Having afraid of getting imprisonment, Janaki with the help of Syam tries to hide all the dead bodies. How did the deaths happen? Why was Janaki involved in this? forms the rest of the story of Banthi Poola Janaki.

Cast and Performance

Dhanraj has played a soft and decent role in the film. Usually he plays hyper active and loud characters. He impresses with his good acting skills in the film. Diksha Panth is a saving grace for the movie. She impresses big time with her acting in key scenes. She showed variations that her role demanded. She ups her glam quotient in some scenes and they also appears to be good. Chammak Chandra, Adurs Raghu, Sudigali Sudheer, Rocket Raghu, Bharat Reddy and Shakalaka Shankar were seen in the other roles. All these actors have put decent performances and impressed with some good comedy.

Story Department

The plot line of Banthi Poola Janaki is very good. As a story on paper, it appears to be interesting but the way director designed screenplay for such story in not convincing. The screenplay is never engaging too! Dialogues are good.

Technical Departments

Banthi Poola Janaki
Banthi Poola Janaki

The audio album scored by Bhole was impressive. All songs come in background except for one in second half. The music is good and pleasant. The same is with the case of Background score. Kasarla Syam’s lyrics are in sync with the situations. The cinematography by G L Babu is good. The entire film happens in a single house. The DOP tried his nest to maintain the mood with his colours. Editing by Siva Y Prasad is just okay. The run time of the film was just 89 minutes which is an advantage. The production values of the film are nice.

Highlights

  • Deeksha Panth
  • Music and BGM
  • Story

Minus

  • Screenplay
  • Direction
  • Narration

Verdict:

Banthi Poola Janaki starts on a impressive note. The director took time to introduce each and every character and almost the first half an hour of the film gets killed with this itself. The director ran out of time to establish the story line properly and hence he tried to introduce main elements of the story hurriedly which wont create any impact on the audiences. The interval bang is predictable and the audiences wont get any interest in watching the second half. The story appears to be interesting on paper. Rather than concentrating on the behaviours of the characters, the director could have invested time on developing the script. The screenplay is slow. The trailer has some good elements that can drive the people to the theatres but the film fails to offer a worthy watch. The comedy and thrilling elements were not mixed properly and hence audiences wont find both in appropriate proportionate. There are no major comedy episodes in the film with almost all the young and happening comedians in the film. The director tried to move the film forward using the glamour of the heroine by establishing some interesting horror elements. He failed to turn it successful. Banthi Poola Janaki is neither an engaging film nor an interesting film which is sure to become a dud at the box office.

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