Title: iSmart Shankar
CBFC Rating : A
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 20 Mins
Release Date: 18-07-2019
Banners: Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies, Puri Connects
Cast: Ram, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nabha Natesh, Sathya Dev, Shayaji Shinde, Aashish Vidyarthi, Getup Sreenu and Others
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Raaj Thota
Editing: Junaid Siddiqui
Producers: Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur
Written, Directed by Puri Jagannadh
Ismart Shankar (Ram) works as the paid goon who hackles others and makes money. In one such incident, he meets the love of his life Chandini (Nabha Natesh). In another such contract, he takes a murder ‘supari’ that leads to unforeseen circumstances. What happens when his profession hurts personal life and how a CBI officer Arun (Satya Dev) is linked to his story is the basic plot of the film?
Ram is terrific in the role of Ismart Shankar. He gives a unique and career-best performance in that role. On the surface, the character might appear simple, but there is a lot of depth to it, and the actor brings it all to the fore in an effective manner.
Ram superbly portrays the various shades of Ismart Shankar. The love scenes have a raw appeal, whereas the action is done in a very gritty way. Ram does all this with fantastic energy justifying the ‘Energetic Star’ tag. The Telangana slang is pulled off naturally by the actor. Overall, we can say is that all his roles can be put on one side and Ismart Shankar on another side. It is that impactful.
Nabha Natesh and Niddhi Agerwal play the heroines in the movie. They are given well-defined parts that take the narrative forward. The former is the romantic interest, whereas the latter is a character that provides the twist. Both are apt for their parts. When it comes to the glamour quotient, they are much better utilized. They make the screen look beautiful with their colorful presence.
Sathyadev is adequate in the small role that he has been given. It comes across much more vital due to the story of the movie. Ashish Vidyarthi and others, including Sayaji Shinde, deliver the required as par the demand of the script.
Ram’s Energetic Act
Puri Jagan’s Dialogues and Direction
Mani Sharma’s Songs and Background Score
Slight drag at times
Puri Jagannadh is a master storyteller who has always come up with new stories. Ismart Shankar is no different. It offers everything that one expects from the movie of the director, and he delivers it in the right proportion.
The first half of the movie acts as a set up to the interval block and overall emotional core involving the heroine and her memories. They are an essential part of the hero’s characterization besides the straight-up visible roughness.
The moments between the hero and heroine carry the Puri Jagannadh stamp out and out. The conversations between them generate fun and make for an engaging narrative. When the twist occurs, it hits everyone like a bullet because they are connected to the lead pair.
The principle story begins at the interval mark and continues that way until the end. The concept of ‘double sim’ is fresh and gives the predictable tale a new life. The emotional blocks involving the romantic track are neatly blended into the proceedings without disturbing the main story. The climax is executed straightforwardly, with a heavy dose of action. It is targeted at the masses and gives ample satisfaction.
Mani Sharma has given excellent songs and background score. The former is already proven with the blockbuster success of the album. The cinematography by Raj Thota is superb. The whole movie carries a slick look. Junaid Siddiqui keeps the pacing fast with his sharp cuts.
The production values by Charmme are excellent. The movie bears the look of a big-budget production throughout. Within a commercial setup, this is a unique concept, and she deserves kudos for backing it unconditionally and getting the best output.
Bottom-line: Double Masala Mass Dhamaka