Shourya

Muscle-show laced with emotion

The hero’s open jeep is followed by goons in half-a-dozen vehicles, all managing to raise as much dust as possible on a newly-laid highway. There is plenty of build-up and yes, one of the vehicles fall on the other which turns into a fire-ball and wonder of wonders, scorched and oil-smeared men all jump out together! It is time for some dialogue-baazi and predictably, the goons make good their escape. Even without the mandatory dishum-dishum. Hail the remake-makers. Slowly, they are doing away with even giving credit to the original story-tellers. Specially when the original has already been dubbed into other languages.

“Shourya” is a mass movie, with plenty of action, a delightfully understated sibling sentiment and a malnourished romance, mandatory songs picturised in foreign locales notwithstanding. The Challenging Star is given plenty of fights and some good dialogues as well, much to the delight of a delirious audience which went berserk when the camera lingered on Mumaith Khan’s assets in a vain bid to sustain interest, that evaporated at the start of every romantic interlude. Jo Ni Harsha’s scissors have also maintained a fine tempo, actually enhancing the pleasure (?) of watching the film while cinematography is a big let-down. Music is again factory-made. K V Raju’s dialogues are tailor-made, while the same can’t be said of the screenplay.

Sampath Kumar nee Raj makes a good debut, while John Kokken is wasted. Of the female leads, Madalasa has nothing much to do, like Anushka in “Shouryam”. Tall Reema Vohra (of serial Saath Saath fame) plays Darshan’s sister. There’s no story, but Darshan fans won’t mind its absence in the midst of this slug-fest.

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