Director : Vikram Kumar
Producers : Y Naveen, Y Ravi and Mohan Cherukuri
Music Director : Anirudh Ravichander
Gang Leader is Nani’s first collaboration with the super talented Vikram Kumar. The film is a fun revenge drama and has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
A crazy bank robbery happens in Hyderabad and 300 crores are robbed. But after a while, an old lady(Lakshmi) forms a gang and approaches Pencil Parthasarathy(Nani), a crime novel specialist for help. Initially, Pencil ignores the gang but later decides to help them. Who are these women? What do they have to do with the bank robbery? How will Pencil help them? and where does Dev played by Karthikeya feature in this setup. To know this, watch the film on the big screen.
Nani is as reliable as always with his superb comedy timing and performance. He is in form as Pencil and made some very ordinary moments shine with his skills. Karthikeya looked suave and stylish as the villain. But his characterization is uneven. Priyanka is cute and did her bit. Lakshmi has some fun moments here and there. The little girl is cute too. Vennela Kishore's comedy worked in both the scenes. Priyadarshi appears in a couple of scenes.
Comedy in First Half
Pre Climax and Climax
Production values of the film are top notch as the crime scenes and revenge setup are showcased well. Camerawork by Cuba is top notch as the film has a specific tone for the crime backdrop. Music by Anirudh is decent but his BGM is very impressive as it elevates the film quite well.
Most of the film happens in sets and production design needs a special mention as the crime setup and gang’s house look good. Editing is decent but a song in the first half could have been edited. Dialogues are quite fun and the lyrics by Anantha Sriram are superb.
Coming to the director Vikram Kumar, he has once again chosen a novel script and presented it well. Rather than narrating the revenge drama in a serious tone, he adds a lot of humor which goes well with the lady gang and their approach. He keeps the film to the point and does not deviate for unnecessary commercial aspects. But if he had made the ending a bit more interesting things would have been even great.
On the whole, Gang Leader is a novel crime thriller which is filled with good fun and crisp narration. The suspense and comedy go hand in hand and if you ignore the slightly dull climax, this film makes up for an engaging watch this weekend.