Inttelligent Review: Not so intelligent
A film that's as stereotypical as its characters, and a complete put off
If you have watched VV Vinayak’s previous works, you might say this is his least impressive film, but if you have closely analysed his films, you will see that this is just a cocktail of all his former films. At the time, moviegoers are anticipating and absorbing intelligent cinema, Inttelligent looks out of place and is a total put off.
If we have to describe this film in a sentence, then it is a concoction made of a Robin Hood hero, who helps the poor, an honest businessman, a bhai, a corrupt politician, a sincere police officer, friends of hero for comedy, four songs in exotic locales, mother sentiment and finally a heroine, who is there just for the heck of it. And the story is as stereotypical as its characters.
Sai Dharam Tej as Sai Dharam Tej is an academic topper, Karate champion, NCC shooting victor, extremely pragmatic and of course, 'inttelligent' who becomes a software professional and creates an app that can help the poor. His education is funded by Nasser, founder of a software company and eventually, he ends up working for the same company, duh! Well, he is a so loyal that he rejects other tempting offers.
Tej encounters Posani Krishna Murali (in his usual role). Any guesses? A dumb coward man masquerading as a local goon. Tej, who is more often found having fun with his friends than working inside the office, meets Sandhya (Lavanya Tripati) on the road and proposes to her. No.. it isn’t love at first sight! He wants to show his friends, how a proposal is done. Made any sense?
But wait, there's more. Lavanya’s introduction is as cliched as the storyline. First, the camera focuses on her lips, then the nose, then eyes, then face and then a slow-motion hair-flip moment. Of course, she is pissed with his behaviour. They meet again in an apparel store, where Tej insists she try a dress, which his friend wants to buy for his girlfriend. She calls the police. The cop takes him to his house instead of a police station. Vidyullekha Raman plays the policeman's daughter. Naturally, there's body-shaming.
Tej learns at Lavanya is Nasser’s daughter. So, technically she is his potential boss. But don’t worry, the heroine is just shown as boss of the company, after her dad dies, but not shown doing any actualy work.
Here is where the mafia is established. A bhai from Malaysia is monitoring and guiding his little brother and his confidantes on drug dealing, land grabbing, rapes, murders and everything a reel-life bhai should be doing. The tyranny of this bhai involves snatching Nasser’s company. Tej aka Robin Hood tries to save his boss but ends up losing Nasser to bhai.
Dharam Tej becomes Dharma bhai and starts helping all the poor in the state and attracts a huge following for his noble work. From here, it is all about how Dharma bhai kills the incorrigible mafia bhai and proves himself to be a hero. Ashish Vidyarthi and Sayaji Shinde play the sincere cops.
This run-of-the-mill story has songs placed during the most inappropriate and unwanted moments. Chamaku Chamaku Cham from Kondaveeti Donga is the only catchy song. Dharam Tej’s dance moves are impressive but it would have been better if he had a distinctiveness. It feels like he is constantly trying to emulate both his maternal uncles Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan.
Bottom line: Please leave your intelligence outside the movie hall and watch. And be warned that you may still lose a few brain cells.