Story: Railway Raju (Sri Vishnu) has just one dream, to play cricket for the Indian Team. An unexpected turn of events make Raju the target of encounter specialist, Imtiaz (Nara Rohith). Raju turns to a world of crime to take revenge on Imtiaz and thus starts the cat and mouse chase between the two.
Movie Review: The film opens with Ria (Sasha Singh) a journalism student and a cricket enthusiast pursuing the story of Railway Raju a criminal of the 90s. As Prabhas Srinu, who plays Railway Raju's friend begins his story in the prison he is locked up in, the post interval story is narrated by Vitthal Seth (Brahmaji) who she chances upon. The screenplay goes back and forth based on what revelations Ria has, and this technique worked great for the story.
Railway Raju and Imtiaz Ali's story is set in the 90s and plays out loosely based on the politics, scams and the incidents of the time. While the timeline of the story is well-adjusted, the props every now and then make you wonder if that was the case in the early nineties - for instance the yellow 500 rupee notes that didn't exist then. However, with the high-octane drama unravelling on screen, not many might turn their attention to these details. Comic relief isn't force-fitted; it flows naturally along with the characters. The ambiguity between what is right and what is wrong depicted will leave you picking sides between Raju and Imtiaz and yet empathising for the other's situations.
Appatlo Okadundevadu entirely runs on the situations while the characters only respond to them which is why the story absorbs you. There will be a lot going on in the film what with the numerous characters flitting in and out of the narrative and yet making their presence felt and keeping their importance in the plot progression intact. In the final 20 minutes of the film, while emotions run high, the story too seamlessly falls into place as all the loose ends are tied up in a neat bow. The only drawback would probably be the slow first half in terms of the plot. There's a lot going on in the movie but because of the well-arranged screenplay and the story itself you'll be engrossed.
Sri Vishnu stole the show. He will make you laugh, cry with and feel pity for Railway Raju with his exceptional performance. Nara Rohith too did justice to the role of the cut throat yet fair encounter specialist. Each character delivered in the significance it had in the story. Walking out of the film, you'll be left with the memory of a few high emotion scenes. The background score particularly in the chase sequences were quite impressive while the songs although not catchy added to the experience of the film.
Script and the screenplay are the heroes of this film. Appatlo Okadundevadu is a gripping story, high on action and emotion. A rare feat to achieve and yet delivered effectively.