Run-time: 1Hr 58 Mins
CBFC Rating: UA
Cast: Laksh Chadalavada,Neha Pathan, Soniya Bansal, Himaja, Samrat Reddy,Bharani Shankar,Suman, Bobby Bedi,Viva Raghav,Mirchi Kiran,Naveen Neni,Bhushan Kalyan
Director: Vikranth Srinivas
Music: Sai Karthik
Editing: Vinai Ramaswamy
Producers: Laksh Chadalavada, Padmavathi Chadalavada
Banner: Sri Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Films.
Release: 2 Feb 2024
Ranadheer (Laksh Chadalavada) is a happy-go-lucky, money-minded driver with a penchant for risks. Rajguru, a terminally ill patient, must be urgently shifted in an ambulance from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad at the behest of a political bigwig (played by Himaja). However, there is a twist – hordes of thugs are determined to thwart this mission. Tasked with the challenging assignment is Ranadheer, accompanied by a quirky anesthesia specialist (Mirchi Kiran) and a proficient doctor named Amrutha (played by Neha Pathan). The rest of the film is about why Rajguru’s safety is important and how Ranadheer is dragged into a high-stakes web of political scandals
Laksh, in his continuous endeavor to reshape his acting persona, steps into the character of a multifaceted driver in ‘Dheera.’ His portrayal showcases a strategic mind, capable of outsmarting adversaries. The film effectively uses slow-motion shots that accentuate his swag.
Neha Pathan graces the screen with both charm and emotive prowess, adding depth to the narrative. Soniya Bansal, despite a relatively brief appearance, finds herself entangled in rom-com sequences. Mirchi Kiran’s comedic interludes, while present, could have been elevated for a more resonant impact. Bhadram, portraying a deranged patient undergoing surgery without anesthesia, injects a dose of intensity into the storyline.
In essence, ‘Dheera’ unfolds as Laksh’s canvas for a redefined portrayal, where action and strategy coalesce. Despite some narrative detours and the film’s moderate scale, the ensemble cast contributes to an engaging cinematic experience. While the storyline may have room for improvement, the film’s entertainment quotient remains palpable, making it a watchable venture for those seeking a blend of action, strategy, and a touch of humor.
“Dheera” is a character-driven entertainer where the male protagonist’s gray shades drive the plot. He believes that money is an emotion and is searching for something that can dominate it in his life. When he finds himself in a situation where he must put his life on the line to save others, he rises to the occasion and salvages his own life.
Director Vikranth Srinivas creates a cat-and-mouse chase atmosphere, where the patient, the driver, and the doctors in an ambulance must fight for their lives. The film then morphs into a road thriller, with intense action unfolding on the highways. The second half of the movie is more focused and cohesive, compared to the first half, which is somewhat disjointed until the pre-interval phase.
Sri Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara and Chadalavada Brothers backed the film maintaining standards in quality making. The music by Sai Kartheek, is competent, and enhances action. Kanna PC’s cinematography, is decent, and complements the storytelling adequately.
Overall, “Dheera” is a well-crafted film that captivates viewers with its intriguing plot, strong performances, and thrilling action sequences. The director deftly blends elements of character study, survival thriller, and road thriller to create a compelling cinematic experience
Bottom-line: Action Packed Entertainer