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An unimpressive retelling of ‘Lucifer’ Starring:  Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan, Nayanthara, Satyadev Kancharana Rating: 2* Mohan Raja’s re...

An unimpressive retelling of ‘Lucifer’

Starring:  Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan, Nayanthara, Satyadev Kancharana

Rating: 2*

Mohan Raja’s remake of the 2019 Mohanlal film “Lucifer” is stylistic and filled with moments of great cinematography and action but falls flat as a whole.

A film with two superstars (Chiranjeevi and Salman Khan) from two different sectors of the film industry in India with fans who adore them is great news, right? While GodFather is everything an average Indian moviegoer can ask for, it ends up being a mess. A film that takes itself too seriously and tries to be a satire, borders on self-parody, and still expects the viewer to take it seriously.

The sudden demise of the celebrated leader PKR leaves the ruling party in a political crisis and shakes up the family. The party has to elect a leader, and more than one player is in contention. Everyone’s intentions are blurred, and loyalties are in question. Brahma is a game-changer in this squabble. Who will succeed as the leader and become the CM?

While some visuals are great and some of the slow-motion cinematography is gorgeous, it contributes nothing to the film. Just has a longer runtime that feels way too long for a film like this with bland action scenes thrown in just for the sake of being an action film

While this follows every rule in the How-To-Make-A-South-Indian-Action-Film, it’s painful to look at a film that had decent potential fail so badly. The theme of the film – political corruption – is not a new theme, and the way the filmmaker tries to tackle the theme is nothing new as well. The first half is slow, whilst the second half has some momentum to it and feels slightly entertaining. Blame it on Mohan Raja’s inability to tackle a film with a theme like this. He got one thing right. Cutting out all the unnecessary comedy crap that is a staple for all South Indian films. The Hindi dubbed version still had a lot of unnecessary dialogue which were meant to be “funny”.

The performances except Nayanthara’s are average at best. Salman Khan, with the little screentime he has, is intolerable. Chiranjeevi is not in good form; at one point in the film, Satyadev Kancharana’s character Jaidev tells Chiranjeevi’s character Brahma to express a single facial emotion which I guess the screenwriter just put there to make fun of Chiranjeevi. There’s this unnecessary song at the end with Prabhu Deva and Salman who can barely show his moves.

Better go catch "Lucifer" out again than waste your time on "GodFather".

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