Movie : Power Play
Language : Telugu
Cast : Raj Tarun, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Prince, Ajay, Pooja Ramachandran,
Hemal Ingle, Shamna Kasim Poorna
Category : Thriller, Mystery
Censor Certificate : UA
Release Date : 05 Mar 2021
Duration : 2 hrs 10 mins
Critic’s Rating : 2.5/5.0
Users’ Rating : 2.5/5.0
Power Play manages to impress in parts but can’t maintain the pace.
Vijay (Raj Tarun) has everything going for him – he lands a plush job and is about to marry his love (Hemal). But what happens when he finds himself in the centre of a conspiracy?
Director Vijay Kumar Konda is known for rom-coms like Gunde Jaari Gallanthayinde and Orey Bujjiga. He works hard however to pull off a thriller that tries hard to keep you on the edge of your seat with Power Play. However, its flaws don’t allow you to do that.
A huge racket is busted in the city, involving sons and daughters of some influential people. To divert the news cycle from focusing on this, a fake notes case is brought to the forefront and Vijay is framed for it. With his personal life left in tatters, Vijay has to give it his all to prove his innocence. He understands the need to solve his own problem and begins connecting the dots to unearth something far more sinister. More than a thriller, Power Play starts out as an emotional drama, but shifts gears once the story gets into the thick of things.
The first half of the film is impressive, Vijay Kumar Konda tightens the script and doesn’t let it miss a beat. The writing could’ve been sharper as it feels bland in certain scenes but it ends up being a decent introduction to the story. But the second half is where the things derail. Poorna (Poorna) is introduced as a ruthless politician, an aspiring CM and daughter of the current CM. She makes a mistake that could sabotage her entire career. But despite so much being at stake, many scenes involving her seem unnecessary to the larger picture. Choppy editing ensures the film becomes a test to your patience after a point. The climax too leaves one wanting as it doesn’t have anything impressive to talk about.
Raj Tarun gives up the peppy boy-next-door roles to play a serious man. The script gives him scope to perform and it’s good he chose a film like this, despite its flaws. Hemal however doesn’t get room to do much. Poorna is okay in her role, even if there’s scope for improvement. Ajay, Kota Srinivasarao and Venu Tillu ace through their roles.
Power Play starts out well but goes down a slippery slope as the film progresses. A better treatment would’ve made this a must-watch.