iSmart Shankar Telugu Movie Review

Rating: 3/5

Critic Rating: (3/5)
Movie Name iSmart Shankar
Cast Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh, Nidhi Aggarwal, Asish Vidyarthi, Siyaji Sindhe, Getup Seenu, Satya
Director Puri Jagannadh
Music Director Mani Sharma
cinematography Raj Thota
Producer Puri Jagannadh, Charmy


The result of the previous movie decides the fate of a director or hero in the film industry. If it is hit or super successful, producers buzz around him/her and if it is a flop, everyone disappears. At the end of the day, it is the huge amounts of money and effort invested in a movie and it is not wrong to be on the safe side regarding the investments of their hard-earned money in the films. Puri Jagannadh is one of the most commercial and successful directors who made films with almost every star and is now in a lean phase with the series of flops in his filmography. He is coming with Ram Pothineni with a character in which Puri Jagannadh is well versed in etching out. The film is called “iSmart Shankar” and there is a huge buzz around the movie because of the promos and the characterization of Ram. Let’s see how it works on us as it is releasing into theatres today.


iSmart Shankar (Ram) is a bad guy who is well famed in the rowdyism. He goes on to kill an ex-minister with the contract given by Kaka, his mentor-like figure. After killing him, he disappears to Goa on vacation with his girlfriend Chandini (Nabha Natesh). She gets killed in the vacation and Shankar gets arrested. He escapes from prison after a year and decides to avenge the death of Chandini. He gets to meet Arun, a CBI officer in this journey and their lives get mixed up. How Arun comes into his life? Who killed Chandini? How Shankar avenged the death of Chandini?

iSmart Shankar Telugu Movie Review
iSmart Shankar Telugu Movie Review

Cast and Performance

Ram Pothineni has done a terrific job in the role of iSmart Shankar. His energy, effort, and body language worked out very well for the role and this pleases the audience to a greater extent. Nabha Natesh is good in her limited role but the body language seems odd for her maybe because of the styling. Nidhi Aggarwal is nice as Sarah. She looks gorgeous in the songs. Ashish Vidyarthi has done a good job. Shayaji Shinde is good. Getup Seenu is fine. Satya plays a crucial role which works well. All other actors have done a good job in their roles.

Writing Department

The story of iSmart Shankar is good and the screenplay is written in a way to entertain the commercial audience. The dialogues are good.

Technical Departments

Manisharma has teamed up with Puri Jagannadh after CMGR and has composed good songs for this film. The background score he composed works for the film very well. The cinematography by Raj Thota is okay. The consistency in the color palette is missing. The editing of the film is fine. The action sequences and stunts are composed well. The production values are grand.


  • Ram Pothineni as iSmart Shankar
  • Characterization of Shankar
  • Music by Manisharma


Pure commercial stuff


iSmart Shankar is a story of a bad guy and a good guy with the same target. This film is a do or die film for Puri Jagannadh and with Ram as a hero, he made a solid commercial potboiler with an eccentric characterization. The characterization of Ram worked very well and got a huge reaction from the audience in the theatre. The first half of the film sets the premise and the second half reveals the missing links of the first half. This film is a pure One man show from Ram. Puri Jagannadh wrote pure commercial stuff for this film which may act as a minus for family audience. To sum up, iSmart Shankar is a relief for Puri Jagannadh from his lean phase of flop films and a watchable entertainer.

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