Verdict: A decent debut for Ishan.
Rogue is a Telugu-Kannada bilingual, written and directed by Puri Jagannadh. It marks the debut of Ishan, brother of producer C.R. Manohar. Trailers and pre-release functions have created enough curiosity among the audience. Given the fact that Puri has introduced several new faces to the industry, has he succeeded this time with Ishaan, let’s see.
Chanti (Ishan) and Anjali (Angela Krishlinzki) are madly in love with each other. Anjali’s brother sets out to look for a suitable groom and decides to marry his sister to an encounter specialist. Anjali informs Chanti about this and Chanti tries to enter Anjali’s house during her engagement ceremony but gets beaten by constables. He also gets sentenced for two years. While in jail, Anjali comes to meet Chanti and tells him that she is the one who accepted the marriage proposal. Chanti is completely shattered and swear off of love. After two years, Chanti gets released from jail but is kicked out of his home by his father. His father informs Chanti that he is the reason for thrashing a constable who has now become disabled. Chanti leaves his home to meet the constable and decides to help them out. The rest of the story is how Chanti helped the constable's family and how he ends up falling in love with another Anjali (Mannara Chopra) who is the constable's sister.
Ishan makes a promising debut with Rogue. His physique and acting skills prove that he is here to stay. Angela has a small role and she has portrayed her role well. Mannara Chopra is pretty good as Ishan’s love interest and is glamorous. Ajay Thakur Singh is ferocious in the role of psycho who lusts after Mannara Chopra's character. Subbaraju, who plays an encounter specialist is decent. Ali as the updated beggar reminds us of his role in yesteryears classic Pokiri.
This is Puri Jagannadh’s show all the way. Each and every frame has his style and substance. Sunil Kashyap’s music is melodious but the background score could have been better. Cinematography by Mukesh.G took this movie to a different level. All the locales in the movie, especially in songs, are picturesque. Editing by Junaid Siddique is good. Production values by Tanvi Films are grand.
Why you should watch this movie:
If you are a fan of Puri Jagannadh’s style of movies, then this one is for you. You may watch it for its visually appealing locales and stunning cinematography with a decent story line. Overall, a violent love story that has all the ingredients of what it takes to make a commercial entertainer. Go without expectations and you will be entertainment.