What’s the worst that can happen when the lights dim and you settle into a theater watching a movie? When you can predict a movie – from start to finish – within the first few minutes when the movie starts. And that, dear viewers, is what makes director N Lingusamy’s latest film The Warriorr one of the worst films of the year.
The story of The Warriorr goes something like this – there is a bad man in Kurnool and he does a lot of bad things. Then comes a good person who does good. Now the good man is trying to stop the bad things the bad man is doing and a clash ensues. An evil man attempts the life of a good man who tries to protect himself and others. They end up fighting in front of Konda Reddy’s fort. End.
To break the monotony of this good vs. evil fight, Lingusamy infuses the film with frequent dance numbers and rehashed, rehashed dialogues of every “mass” film ever made. There is very little originality in this film that deserves to be discussed or even dissed. It’s shocking how a filmmaker with over 20 years under his belt has continued to produce movies that offer nothing remotely entertaining. The Warrior is an example of the director’s creative bankruptcy and inability to reshape his storytelling skills to suit the current era.
Lingusamy repeated the same film he did throughout his career with different actors and costumes, including the ‘loosu ponnu’ archetype. The whistler Mahalakshmi, played by Krithi Shetty, is just called to duty only during the dance numbers. And the relevance of her character to the narrative is almost nil. Ram Pothineni as Sathya is just trying to look cute in the doctor’s white robe and police uniform. There is no room for any acting for him. Aadhi Pinisetty as Guru has the sole job of looking macho and menacing. The film asks very little of his talent.