Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Myra Sareen
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma, Sudheer Chandra Padiri
Release Date: June 01, 2018
After nearly two decades, Nagarjuna and Ram Gopal Varma had teamed up again to create Action Crime film, Officer. This is the fourth film in their combination after delivering super hit films such as Shiva, Antham and Govinda Govinda. Will atleast this film pump oxygen into the ailing career of Ram Gopal Varma? Let’s find out.
Shivaji Rao (Nagarjuna Akkineni), head of a Special Investigation Team, is given a task of uncovering the suspicions behind a fake encounter done by an encounter specialist, Narayana Pasari (Anwar Khan). During the course of investigation, Shivaji finds out the links between Narayana Pasari and underworld and creates a strong case against Narayana.
However, Narayana Pasari, using his criminal network, eliminates the only witness and thereby comes out of the case as not guilty. Unable to digest the defeat, Shivaji gets transferred to the Mumbai crime branch. Narayana develops strong grudge on Shivaji and uses every opportunity to take revenge on him. In this cat and mouse chase, how does Shivaji brings Narayana Pasari to justice? Is what the remaining story is all about.
Generally, action crime movies make audience stick to the edge of the seat because of the nail-biting narration. However, Officer is completely opposite of that. It makes you tired enough so that you can sleep comfortably on your seats due to Ram Gopal Varma's lethargic screenplay and direction skills.
Ram Gopal Varma doesn’t take much time to set the mood of the film. He drives the narration through gang confrontations and gun fights using weird camera angles. Half the way through the film, it looks like you are just watching a demo cd of stunts compiled on Nagarjuna. By the time you wake up, the climax comes in and ends the movie abruptly.
The film looks half-cooked with poorly written dialogues and has no depth in scenes. The story behind how Ram Gopal Varma made Nagarjuna to agree this film would have been much more interesting than sitting in the theater and watching this thrill-less action thriller.
Anwar Khan, who is the main villain of this film, looked complete misfit. Myra Sareen, who is seen a police officer, does not have anything to do in this film. Baby Kavya, who gets to be the daughter of Nagarjuna, does make some impact with her acting skills. The other actors like Shiyaji Shinde and Ajay are just present for the name sake.
Ram Gopal Varma did same mistakes that he had been doing lately. There seemed to be no redemption in his direction skills. He got addicted to useless camera angles and loud BGM’s. He could not even make use of a popular star like Nagarjuna to narrate a decent story. He proved once again that it is a crime to expect anything good out of him.
In summary, Officer is another huge disappointment not only for Nagarjuna fans, who were expecting “Shiva” kind of movie, but also for general audience who purchased ticket to watch a decent action thriller.
Result : RGV Was Never This Scary