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Directed by : Chaitanya Dantuluri

Release Date : | Length : 164 Minutes

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Basanti is an action-drama movie directed by Chaitanya Dantuluri and stars Raja Goutham in the lead role


“Basanti has an engaging plot but the weak climax is a big let let down for the film. Mani Sharma's music is the only saving grace in this film. Skip it.”

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An insult to terrorism

Rated 1.0 / 5
by Rohit Penumatsa (50 DM Points) | See all my reviews

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I would rather prefer that mild writers (research less) stick to the more universal cliches like love stories than insult specific groups of people by trying something they have no freaking clue of. Other than demeaning an already dull movie audience this film more specifically insults terrorists, students and the police. One look at the guard guarding a terrorist tent somewhere on the border tells you that this director is not meant for this, and this was one of the first scenes and the my already meager expectation was abandoned and I suffered through this uninspired, traditionally self-conscious, stiff acting, cliche licking, shit edit of a film.

Here is a filmmaker who thinks that he has subtle thing about him, so the hero's introduction is just him waking up. Arjun (Gautham) pulls down an ugly looking blanket from his face, moves around the house lazily and the super original exposition when he asks his dad why he's eating already and we realize it's one in the afternoon already, Arjun doesn't give a damn, he's cool that ways. 2nd super original exposition - mom shows his marks sheet to dad. Failed in 5 subjects, 90 plus in two subjects and the dad doesn't say a word, he's sure his son will do well in life. I know what this is, initially most college heroes were the toppers in class and they would do well in sports too some times. Topping fell out of fashion and in came losers. For the hero to be an absolute loser who cannot even speak bits of English, bunking all the while was what was believed to be saleable. And much later the prototype of a smart guy who refuses to study or attend classes or behave the decent way, they can but they won't.

Gautham studies in Basanti college, an imitation of the uber cool campus of Rang De and his friends include a Muslim who makes sure his identity is never mistaken (always in shiny kurtas and a taqiyah), a bubbly girl who won't shut up while hardly making sense and Dhanraj fulfilling the tradition of older comedians playing college students. And like anyone who hangs out with such a mildy detailed group Gautham had to fall for a girl in slow motion at some event which has plot room enough for him to get in touch with her post the event. And on the tense side of things a group of terrorists are getting ready to blow up something or a massacre or something, it wasn't very clear. Their preparation was mostly trying to look serious (the main guy has one of the funniest faces) and saying "Allahu Akbar" every time they get a consignment of cheap looking rocket launchers, blinky explosives and plastic guns in bulk.

I cannot recall one thing from the film that can at least get a "that wasn't too bad". It was a show reel of a bunch of people in the wrong profession.

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