Review By : Release Date : Jan 14,2016

Production: Vedhaaswa Creations Cast: Anjali, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sonal Chauhan Direction: Sriwass Screenplay: Gopimohan, Kona Venkat Story: Gopimohan, Kona Venkat Music: SS Thaman Background score: SS Thaman Cinematography: Shyam K. Naidu

This Sankranthi we have an interesting list of films being released in Telugu; Jr NTR’s Nannaku Prematho, a new age revenge saga, a different film that is not very conventional to Telugu masala films. This was released yesterday, 13th of January. It has been garnering some very good response. Likewise we have a fantasy film, Soggade Chinni Nayana starring Nagarjuna, hitting the screens tomorrow. But if you're looking to enjoy your Sankranthi with a typical mass masala filled action entertainer Dictator might be the perfect flick that you've been waiting.

Dictator which is produced by Eros International in association with Vedhaaswa Creations banner, is directed by Sriwass. The film stars the famous Nandamuri Balakrishna alias Balayya in the lead role while Anjali and Sonal Chauhan play the female leads. Music is composed by SS Thaman while the story and screenplay department are handled by Kona Venkat and Gopimohan.

Dictator is not an exceptional film but it does carry all the essential elements that you expect from Balayya film. It does carry an interesting story premise and the screenplay is fairly good too. Once the story is established, the film picks up and moves at a frantic pace till the end of first half, with some interesting twists and turns. When you expect the proceeding to follow in a similar pattern in the second half, the director deviates from the story a little and offers something that you do not expect.

It is a complete Balayya show from scratch to finish. Though age might have caught on him and he may not provide the same kind of dexterity in fight scenes as he once used to but he still manages to make it up with his towering screen presence and impeccable dialogue delivery. His dance moves in the first song deserve a special mention.

Any Balayya fan couldn't have asked for a better story than this. It has all the elements to please them. Not only is there scope for Balayya to showcase the performer in him but the film also turns out to be a delight to his fan as the role is ideal for him. It is such a powerful role and do watch out for his massy one liners, if you are his fan. On the flip side, though the story looks interesting and suits Balayya’s image, the concept is overbeaten and one might have seen most of these scenes in some of our earlier Telugu films.

Technically the film scores well with one of SS Thaman's best scores in recent times. The songs are good and the BGM is even better. The camera work of Shyam K Naidu is equally impressive. Some scenes are shot in some exotic locations which please our eyes. Anjali and Sonal Chauhan do not have much scope in the film, but they have done justice to their respective roles.

Verdict: Could be your ideal Sankranthi flick if you’re looking for a mass masala entertainer!
( 2.5 / 5.0 )


Dictator (aka) Dictator

Dictator (aka) Dictator is a Telugu movie with production by Vedhaaswa Creations, direction by Sriwass, cinematography by Shyam K. Naidu. The cast of Dictator (aka) Dictator includes Anjali, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sonal Chauhan.