Konaseema Thugs Movie Review: A simple prison break story told in an engaging manner
Last Updated: 01.26 PM, Feb 24, 2023
Seshu(Hridhu Haroon) is an orphan who is all set to start a happy married life with Koila(Anaswara Rajan). But things change overnight as he gets booked in a theft case and is put behind bars. There, he meets Dora(Bobby Simha) and Madhu(Munish Kanth)and decides to break free. Along with a few other inmates, Seshu makes meticulous plans to escape through a small hole in his barrack. Did Seshu manage to escape the prison? Who are Dora and Madhu? What are their back stories? What problems did this gang face during their prison break? That forms the rest of the story.
Konaseema Thugs is directed by noted choreographer Brinda. She takes a complete U turn from her debut film Hey Sinamika and narrates the gripping story of a prison break. Though the story is quite simple and has a straightforward theme, Brinda's screenplay is what makes the difference in this realistic action drama. The camerawork is the biggest asset of the film and it makes the prison break scenes quite realistic.
The entire film is based on prison break and revolves around only a few characters. Brinda does a decent job to hold the attention of the viewers with the strong conflict point. The gripping narration and the manner in which Brinda narrates the realistic action in a gritty manner is the best part of Konaseema Thugs. It is quite surprising to see Brinda make a hard hitting film with so much conviction.
Hridu Haroon plays the sheet anchor's role and delivers a fine performance in the film. The way he showcases his desperate nature to get out of the prison looked good. Bobby Simha has become a Pro when it comes to character roles. He is amazing as a senior inmate and brings depth to the proceedings. Munish Kanth has a good role and evokes good fun when things are going on a serious note. The gritty performances of the supporting cast are also a major asset of Konaseema Thugs.
Konaseema Thugs is the remake of 2018 Malayalam hit, Swathandrayam Ardarathriyil(Freedom At Midnight) and has its fair share of issues. The second half is a bit dull when compared to the first. The emotional depth is missing in several scenes as the proceedings are rushed by Brinda to take the film to its finale. The cameraman Priyesh Guruswamy needs to be appreciated big time as the way he handles his lens is amazing. Konaseema Thugs is high on technical aspects and the Telugu dubbing is also amazing. The action sequences are quite realistic and so was the production design which is praise worthy.
Konaseema Thugs has a familiar premise and is about jailbreak. But the manner in which each escape related scene is designed was quite impressive. The minute details have been taken care of quite well. One would get a feeling that detail should have been given to a few back stories to create more impact. But still, director Brinda makes sure that packs enough meat in this serious crime drama that entertains the audience in a decent manner. The background score by Sam CS is an icing on the cake and makes things only better.
On the whole, Konaseema Thugs is a fairly engaging prison break thriller that has some finest performances and amazing visuals. Director Brinda is back with a bang and makes sure that her narration is engaging and the attention of the audience does not wander much. Leaving away a few cinematic liberties and a simple plot, this film ends as a decent watch for all those who like realistic action dramas.