A 15 year old kid aka Siddharth Abhimanyu (Arvind Swami) born with a criminal mind willingly accepts committing a crime. On the other hand our protagonist,Dhruva IPS (Ram Charan) meticulously follows all the crimes in the city to choose his suitable opponent and even sketches a plan to arrest all of them.
At one point of time, Dhruva finds out that Siddharth Abhimanyu is not an eminent scientist as celebrated by the government; he is a cunning criminal who can’t be clobbered easily. Dhruva gets defeated in each and every move because Siddharth is always one step ahead of him. Does our protagonist get a chance to win? Watch the cat and mouse game between the two on the big screen.
Easily, Dhruva is one of the best films from Charan. Right from the word go, the film’s crisp narrative seldom loosens its grip. You are on the edge of your seat for virtually the entire film and there are no compromises when it comes to unwanted romance, item numbers or comedy tracks. On the whole, Dhruva is a stylish action thriller, a rare genre in Telugu cinema.
Dialogues are super sharp, especially the lines like “Your choice of friend will show your character, your choice of enemy will show your capacity” are gems.
An ensemble of fine actors is assembled to breathe life into the film’s terrific plot, and each is integral in their own way, despite the length of their parts. It is note-worthy that a commercial heroine like Rakul, is well-utilised instead of just using her as a glam doll, who lusts after the hero like in all action movies. Her cute yet important role as a forensic expert who is crucial to the story is refreshingly natural. And the actress has portrayed it sensibly with respect and sensuality.
Refreshingly real, the conversations between Charan and Rakul as they write and express their love on board as Arvind Swami has bugged the former is absolutely endearing. Navdeep and all other supporting characters did justice to their roles.
The film benefits big time from a top-notch performance from Charan. His physique and dialogue delivery as the honest IPS officer makes you root for him. With minimal dialogues, Arvind Swami leaves a lasting impression as Siddharth Abhimanyu and is undeniably the show stealer. With his cool attitude and swag mannerisms, the actor takes the film to a different level, easily one of the well sketched and portrayed baddie roles in Telugu cinema.
Technically, PS Vinod cinematography is top notch as he has used different colour tones according to the mood of the film. Hip-Hop Tamiza’s background score is a major plus for the film and overall, Dhruva is an engaging cinema that deserves your time.
Punch line: Gripping action game