Movie: Wanted Pandugod
Banner: United K Productions
Form: Sunil, Anasuya, Vennela Kishore, Saptagiri, Srinivas Reddy, Sudigali Sudheer, Deepika Pilli, Dr. Brahmanandam, Raghu Babu and others
Music director: PR
Cinematography: Mahi Reddy Pandugula
Editor: Admire it
Story, screenplay & dialogues: Janardhana Maharshi
presents: K. Raghvendra Rao
Producers: Sai Baba Kovelamudi, Venkat Kovelamudi
Director: Sreedhar Seepana
Publication date: August 19, 2022
The Telugu film industry has been enjoying success with new releases over the past two weeks.
While there is no buzz this weekend for any of the latest movies, “Wanted Pandugod” seemed like the best of them all due to the famous casting and veteran director K Raghavendra Rao who presented it.
Pandu (Sunil) escapes from prison and hides in the Narsapur forest near Hyderabad. Police announce a reward of Rs 1 crore to catch him. A group of people (Vennela Kishore, Saptagiri, Deepika Palli, Sudigaali Sudheer and others) go to the forest to capture Pandu. Each of them has a goal to achieve with this prize money.
Performances by artists:
The film has comedians in the lead roles and aspiring actresses as female lead.
Vennela Kishore does his job routinely, but he gets part of a duet with Vishnupriya and another in the later part of the film. The same goes for Saptagiri.
Sudigaali Sudheer and Deepika Palli in the role of journalists enjoy silly comedy and get a song to dance to.
Anasuya first appears as a tribal girl, then performs an action stunt in shorts. She also appears as a typical Raghavendra Rao’s heroine in song.
For a change, we also see comedian Srinivas Reddy dancing with a heroine in another song. Brahmanandam as a doctor makes his presence felt.
Sunil plays the title role of Pandugadu, but he gets less screen time than the other comedians.
Neither cinematography nor music is worth mentioning. The film has cheap production values.
All about the movie
Writing at primary school level
Officially, Sreedhar Seepana is the director of ‘Wanted Pandugod’, but we see the ‘stamp’ of veteran director K Raghavendra Rao in every episode, from outdated comedic sequences to imagining songs.
Janardhan Maharshi got credit for the story and screenplay, but neither did the movie. A mishmash of sequences in the name of comedy and songs is presented.
All male actors do crazy skits. All the female actors show off their thunder thighs or dance in songs. That’s the idea of ”comedy” and “glamor” for the trio – Sreedhar Seepana, Raghavendra Rao and Janardhan Maharshi!
The film starts with Pandugod played by Sunil escaping from prison and ends with a discussion on a TV channel about him. Suddenly we get to see the love stories of Vennela Kishore – Vishnu Priya, Saptagiri – Nithya Shetty, Srinivasa Reddy – new girl and Sudigali Sudheer – Deepika Palli.
On the other hand, Anasuya’s action stunts in the forest, Prudhvi’s comedy skits, Brahmanandam’s doctor’s office, Shakalaka Shankar’s skits, Tanikella Bharani and Aamani doing comedy as director and heroine just keep on coming.
Even those who have just joined the board of directors can handle more captivating than what Sreedhar did here, and even high school students write better than Janardhan Maharshi’s story. Such low quality output from both. The outdated Raghavendra Rao’s lyrics further test patience.
The whole movie is horrifying. The comedy and romantic scenes would have worked some 50 years ago.
As we celebrate Telugu movies become pan-India and the world applauds our movies, we also get to see such a nonsense piece of filmmaking. We only feel sorry for the actors who are made to go through these acts.
Briefly: Puchipoyina Pandu