Peda Kapu Movie Cast: Virat Karrna, Aadukalam Naren, Easwari Rao, Naga Babu, Srikanth Addala, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani, Pragathi Srivatsava, Rajeev Kanakala, Bridiga Saga, Anasuya, Narain Kumar
Peda Kapu Movie Crew:
Written by Srikanth Addala
Cinematography by Chota K. Naidu
Music by Mickey J. Meyer
Edited by Marthand K. Venkatesh
Directed by Srikanth Addala
Produced by Miryala Ravinder Reddy
Peda Kapu Psrt-1 Movie Rating: 2/5
Peda Kapu Part-1 Movie is the latest effort from Srikanth Addala after Narappa. The writer-director changed his family drama style narrative to more raw and rustic for this movie. The teasers and trailers have made the fact more prominent. Peda Kapu also marks the debut of Virat Karrna and Pragathi Srivatsava. Many Senior actors and crew members have come together to support vision of Srikanth Addala. Peda Kapu Part-1 released on 29th September, 2023 worldwide in theatres. Let’s discuss how uprising of Peda Kapu is captured.
Peda Kapu Movie Plot:
Peda Kapu (Virat Karrna) is the second son of Rajeev Kanakala and Eshwari Rao. The family migrates to Lanka villages in 1962. During the time, Akkamma(Anasuya) asks to sell-off her daughter(Pragathi Srivatsava) and a young girl, Gowramma, takes her door-to-door. A drunkard Teacher(Tanikella Bharani) adopts this baby as his kid. In 1982, Peda Kapu and his gang helps Satya Rangayya(Rao Ramesh) to hoist TDP flag in the centre with a longest log. He and Bayanna(Aadukalam Naren) keep quarrelling for the upper hand in the constituency, politically. Recently established Party, TDP incharge (Naga Babu) goes around the constituency to find an ideal candidate. Peda Kapu and mainly, his elder brother work closely to Satya, because he gives them land. One day, Satya Rangayya’s men insult Peda Kapu’s elder brother as he beats one of them.
During a panchayati, they insult Gowramma(Brigada Saga) and call her as prostitute. After this, Peda Kapu decides to stop working for Satya Rangayya and he expresses his love to Thayi(Pragati Srivastsava). Bayanna wants to stop Satya Rangayya from gaining TDP ticket. At one meeting, Bayanna’s son insults Satya Rangayya. Satya’s men kill Bayanna’s son and Peda Kapu’s elder brother takes the blame upon himself. But he goes missing from Police Station and as Gowramma, Peda Kapu search for him, she finds Akkamma at Satya’s house. She tries to meet her secretly but Satya Rangayya assaults and rapes her. In retaliation, Peda Kapu chops off his head. What happens next? Who is this Akkamma? What’s the relation to her for all this story? Watch Peda Kapu Part-1 movie for answers.
Peda Kapu Movie Analysis:
Srikanth Addala has chosen to concentrate on family bonds, human emotions in his earlier films. He has not been a raw and rustic, action director. He did show his political affluence in his Mukunda film. Peda Kapu is his attempt to keep going with Narappa type films, further. Seems like, after Asuran remake, Srikanth Addala wanted to tread in the waters that Vetrimaaran specializes in. There are flashes of Vada Chennai, Aadukalam films in this one. Peda Kapu tries to talk about how people needed political change and Sr. NTR with TDP, came as a breath of fresh air. While his intention is good, the film seems to be politically affiliating towards that party.
The writing needed to stay even more focused on the kind of attrocities and oppression rural areas have been facing in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He could have tried to showcase how political growth can change that situation. Rather Peda Kapu Part-1 tries to even mix Rangasthalam kind of story-telling into this. So, the screenplay lost focus on the main theme and main characters. The bigger picture, that is, political revolution in a rural village, which has been theme of many films in 70’s and 80’s gets too diluted in the gore. Films like Vande Maatram, Mana Oori Pandavulu, Devalayam and many others have talked about soft and persistent oppression. Peda Kapu tries to make it more gore like Vetrimaaran and scenes just lose flow.
In trying to make the movie more action-friendly and philosophical, Srikanth Addala lost focus on character development. Every character looks monolithic and almost like caricatures moving according to writer’s demands. Peda Kapu falters in really setting up the conflict and drama behind the uprising. While, times have been bleak in past decades, trying to make a more action revelant movie, he made a kind of faction drama. This factor doesn’t help the movie. Also, leading actor Virat Karrna as Peda Kapu, could not really carry the weight of the character. Rao Ramesh, Aadukalam Naren and Anasuya did give their best but their characters did not have enough writing backing. Hence, the characters don’t really make an impact on us.
Also, every scene and screenplay try to achieve plot points and run towards it aimlessly. We don’t feel like clash is building organically between characters. While Vetrimaaran made his sensiblities and stories, commercial, in his own way, Srikanth couldn’t. Peda Kapu suffers from predictability after a good start and establishment as well. It almost feels like Srikanth Addala did not have much material at his disposal in bringing out the conflict more effectively. Mickey J. Mayer and Chota K. Naidu did give their best in BGM and camera work, respectively. Still, Peda Kapu Part-1 ends up being an underwhelming tale.
Peda Kapu Movie Positives:
Mickey J Mayer BGM
Senior actors performances
Peda Kapu Movie Negatives:
Heavy Philosophical lines make it monotone
Action blocks are good but not effective
Emotionally very weak
Peda Kapu Movie Bottom-line: Fizzles Out Too Soon!
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