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Thrivikram Srinivas’s “Gajapokkiri” is the Malayalam version of the Telugu movie “Julai” with Allu Arjun, Illeana D’cruz and Rajendraprasad in the main roles. Allu Arjun as Ravi is the gambling crook at loggerheads with Sonu Sood, who as Bittu, is a notorious thief. The two try to outwit each other and in the process gives rise to a sequence of hilarious situations which finally ends in an appropriate manner.
The movie has an astonishing start which is likely to startle the audience and hold their attention for the rest of the period and the tempo is maintained right through to the end. Allu Arjun as the IPL betting man, is highly entertaining and times his wisecracks to perfection. He dances gracefully, dresses elegantly and fights spectacularly, and his strong screen presence adds fillip to the film. Allu Arjun in short, makes the audience laugh and laugh and laugh. Rajendra Prasad as the shivering cop has another brilliant and outrageously funny role and his histrionics are absolutely fabulous. The combination of Allu Arjun and Rajendra Prasad makes it ten out of ten in humour. Illeana D’cruz as Madhu plays perfect foil Allu Arjun and looks attractive and desirable in the dance and romantic scenes. Also joining the entertaining trio are Brahmanandam and MS Narayana.Sonu Sood as Bittu fits the role and Brahmaji contributes his mite.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad has already proved its quality by being on top of the charts. Dialogues by Thrivikraman are impressive while choreography is quite well done. Srinivasan’s direction is good and he has done a good job with screenplay as well. Editing too has been done crisply and sensibly. Probably, second half could have been edited in a better manner. All in all, Trivikraman has done a fantastic job, tackling a revenge story and making it uproariously funny with his punch lines. He is wonderfully supported by the acting team, none being an exception, but Allu Arjun stands out with his majical performance. Rajendra Prasad as the cowardly cop who turns a new leaf, holds sway over the audience with another superbly comic act.
For fun and entertainment, Gajapokkiri is the answer.
Verdict: Gajapokkiri Entertaining..