After almost a year, a big film in Kannada has hit the screens. Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna's Pogaru is released on Friday, 19 February. Nanda Kishore-directorial flick is an out-and-out commercial entertainer with an overdose of action and dialogues.

Pogaru Movie Review
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Story:
Shiva (Dhruva Sarja) grows up at an ashram. His mother and step-father hide the news of his father's passing away. When he realises the truth he becomes a stone-hearted person and starts hating his step-father. He believes there is no place for love and empathy in the world and becomes a selfish person. There is no place for emotions in his heart and like in usual commercial potboilers, he is not the kind of a guy who changes once falling in love. So, what is the story all about? You need to find the answers in a nearby cinema hall.

The Review & Rating
It is a regular template film made in a commercial format. There is action, sentiments and songs, etc. Nanda Kishore well-establishes Dhruva Sarja's character to showcase him as a brash and arrogant person. Unfortunately, the director's idea of heroism is all about hyper-masculinity and machismo. A big thumbs down for the way the female lead's character is treated in the film. Rashmika Mandanna, despite her limited appearance, performs well.

Pogaru
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The biggest disappointment in the film is the poor characterisation of the antagonist. It is quite shocking how a power-house talent Dhanjanya accepted such a role without meat in the character. Sampath Raj's look like a weak villain and the foreign body-builders are wasted. Even Raghavendra Rajkumar's character makes little or no impact. However, Pavitra Lokesh and P Ravishankar have done justice to their roles. 

In the technical departments, Chandan Shetty's two songs have struck the chord with the viewers. His background is good. Vijay Milton's cinematography needs a special mention. The action sequences and dance choreography are good.

On the flip side, the content has everything, yet fails to hold the attention. It is a flat story without twists and turns. The run-time needs a trimming. Overall, Dhruva Sarja stuns the viewers with his physical transformation, maturity in acting, dance and fights.

Overall, it is a film tailor-made for the fans of action movies.
Ratings: 2.5