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Gurudev Hoysala Twitter review: ‘Daali Dhananjaya is lit; but Naveen Shankar steals the show’, rave netizens

The first reviews of the Natarakhasa’s milestone 25th are in and audiences are loving it

Gurudev Hoysala Twitter review: ‘Daali Dhananjaya is lit; but Naveen Shankar steals the show’, rave netizens
Dhananjaya in a still from the film
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 07.13 AM, Mar 31, 2023

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Daali Dhananjaya’s milestone 25th film, Gurudev Hoysala opened in theatres today amid stiff competition from biggies like Dasara, Pathu Thala, and Bholaa, with Viduthalai Part 1 expected to join in tomorrow. The film, a hardcore action entertainer directed by N Vijay Kumar, has an ensemble cast including Amrutha Iyengar, Naveen Shankar, Pratap Narayan, Achyuth Kumar, among others. The earliest shows for the KRG Studios production, began at 9 am today, and the first reviews have been trickling in.


Audiences who have seen Dhananjaya’s film are absolutely loving the film and his performance, but the stand-out performer, they reckon, is Gultoo fame Naveen Shankar as Bali, the main antagonist in the tale. Some viewers opined that Naveen’s entry in the film was even better than that of Dhananjaya as Gurudev.

Comments have been ranging from, “Very engaging. Good characterisation, intros and intriguing plot. Daali as Gurudev is too good, but it’s the Gultoo’s Naveen Shankar as Bali who’s giving the kick. Dialogues & sublot nicely handled.. Interval fight was MASS...…”, “1st Half is filled with A mixture of Mass, Class, Love, Aggression, Emotion”, “#GurudevHoysala First half anthu sakkath aagi idhe. @Nwinshankar The next big thing in our Industry for sure,” “First half review #GurudevHoysala, engaging and mass first half, director has blended commercial and social elements. Interval fight scene mathe face off between daali and avinash sir main highlight. Hoysala= Daali in uniform”, to “It's @Dhananjayaka one man show, NataRakshaka apt & @AJANEESHB BGM top notch. #NaveenShankar is a brilliant actor he deserves a better position in KFI& his dialogue lit& perfect watch for #RamNavami.”

In the run-up to the film’s release, netizens had lamented the lack of buzz surrounding the film and were hopeful that positive word of mouth will turn the tide around for Gurudev Hoysala. If the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like the film will be able to put up a fight against the other big releases of the week after all.