‘Eagle’ movie review: This Karthik Gattamneni, Ravi Teja film has some fun action but needed smarter writing

Feb 9, 2024

Ravi Teja in director Karthik Gattamaneni's Telugu action drama 'Eagle'

Ravi Teja in director Karthik Gattamaneni's Telugu action drama 'Eagle'. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

In its final moments, as the final credits roll, Garuda continues to present snapshots of certain plot points that will add layers to the characterization of its protagonist and his mission. This is no surprise; At least a handful of star-led action entertainers in recent years have chosen this method of revealing secrets at the end to emphasize that the saga is far from over. In GarudaCo-written by director Karthik Gattamaneni and Manibabu Karanam, the epilogue packs a punch. Instead of a partially interesting story that lacked a more engaging screenplay, the film would have been more edgy if the narrative leading up to this part had been interesting. There is a huge difference between the film and what could have been.

Garuda The story begins on the premise of uncovering the truth about a professional sniper who is on the hit list of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). Delhi-based journalist Nandini (Anupama Parameswaran) finds a superior quality cotton accessory at a craft and textile market; She is told that the person who helped in this weaving movement in Talakona is now missing. Nandini's editor does not see anything important in the story and gives it extra importance. Soon, the intelligence wing and the police force come knocking. Nandini is fired from her job but sets out to find the truth.

Eagle (Telugu)

Director: Karthik Gattamaneni

Cast: Ravi Teja, Anupama Parameswaran, Navdeep, Kavya Thapar

Story: A journalist connects the story of Eagle, a former professional sniper who is on a mission.

In many ways, Nandini is a viewer just like us, trying to decipher bits and pieces of information from the people living in the Talakona forest area. The people she talks to range from an elderly man to a local policeman, an MLA and his personal secretary to a tea stall owner. They all talk in admiration, fear, or both about the mysterious man whose sharp shooting techniques have earned him the title of Eagle.

In pre-release interviews, the director stated that the narrative unfolds in a point-of-view style and cited examples of Akira Kurosawa. Rashomon and Kamal Haasan's Virumandi, However, most of the stories heard by Nandini in this film serve to fuel the protagonist's character rather than add complexity or intrigue. Humor is also worldly.

It takes a long time for the big picture to emerge. The non-linear narrative moves back and forth in time and introduces us to a mix of characters – Ajay Ghosh as the local MLA, Srinivas Reddy as his secretary, Mirchi Kiran as the local cop, Mirchi Kiran as a RAW officer It stars Srinivas Avasarala as Madhu, a senior RAW officer, Praneeta Patnaik as a former Naxalite, and Navdeep as Eagle's trusted friend and confidant Jai.

Ravi Teja plays a world-weary middle-aged character named Sahadev Varma, to whom nothing needs to be said in the first half. His brooding appearance and demeanor hide a past. Karthik Gattamaneni's story reminds a bit of Lokesh Kanagaraj Vikram A reference to a mysterious hero returning years later to fight a major battle. Lokesh's films against drug cartels… Garuda Related to illegal arms trade.

Karthik introduces a brief love story that serves as an emotional base for the fight. The romance between Ravi Teja and Rachna (Kavya Thapar) plays out through sniper vision and this narrative choice comes in handy after a while to underline the issue of illegal gun trade and its effects. Both Ravi Teja and Navdeep are good at playing their characters, with Ravi Teja wearing the gray shades and the change of heart with conviction.

With all the waiting and building up the hero's aura, there are some interesting results in the later part. Although long-winded, the battle around Eagle's Fort has some bright moments. The wonder that is in the design of the fort makes for an engaging big screen action experience. Sri Nagendra and Tangala's production design deserves a mention here. Similarly, the action set in Poland as well as Talakona is deftly captured by Kamil Płocki, Karma Chawla and Karthik, enhanced by Dewzand's music, which tries to give the title character an international appeal. Is.

One weak aspect of the film is the one-liners which try to make more light of the central character. At one point when a character tells Nandini that anyone with language skills can read the Bhagavad Gita, but it requires intelligence to understand, I wondered if Eagle's story needed such an example. . Simply put, it will be the story of a man who finds his purpose in life, introspects and undergoes a change of heart after a fateful turn of events and decides to contribute his bit towards a global cause . Throughout the film, even towards the end, many of the supporting characters speak in riddles when they tell the Eagle's story and it becomes annoying.

On a lighter note, I also wondered who funds Nandini's research as it takes her to different countries. His graphic novel took shape only at a later time. Until then, she's a freelance journalist following leads and trying to find the story. Anupama has played the character of Nandini with the tenacity and curiosity required of a journalist.

Garuda Focusing on issues ranging from cotton weaving to bauxite mining and illegal arms trade, it also tries to be a mainstream Telugu action drama with mass moments. In the process, it struggles to find its rhythm. With sharper writing, this could have been a more engaging action drama.

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