Dookudu is a Telugu mass entertainer starring Mahesh Babu and Samantha. I’m not going to bother with the synopsis, you can read the whole plot on Wikipedia.
The issue with Dookudu is that there are too many things going on in the story. It’s very hard to keep up with the events. In fact, the film feels like several films weaved into one another. There is the romantic angle that starts off in Istanbul, there is a police action angle and then there is the angle about the father and the drama that is played to keep him happy. The different parts of Dookudu could easily be separated and extended to make different films with different topics. I think that the film was entertaining, but it would have been better if the story was more concise and straightforward. I had trouble singling out the main topic of the film since it went back and forth between these different angles fairly rapidly.
The best parts of the film are the comedy and the songs. Brahmanandam’s scenes and M.S. Narayana’s scenes were superb. The songs of the film are very good and so are the scenery and choreography. The scenery is really a treat to the eyes. All of the songs were shot in different places like Istanbul, Gujarat, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
By the way, where do they get these random white girls as background dancers for songs? They look quite funny in Indian and traditional attire. Isn’t India still developing? Shouldn’t films give Indians some work rather than random foreigners just because they are white? I don’t mean to offend anyone here, I’m just trying to point out some Indians’ unnecessary obsession with white skin.
Background dancers are one thing but the item girls in Dookudu are actually very beautiful. Item girls in some Telugu films are very unattractive *cough* Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu *cough*.
I also want to mention that both Mahesh and Samantha are gorgeous in this film and make a wonderful on-screen couple. I was surprised by one thing because this is the third Samantha film I’ve seen. Her facial appearance in Dookudu and even Eega are quite different from her more recent film Atharintiki Daaredi. If she had some kind of surgical, cosmetic procedure, I think that’s sad because she was and is beautiful and does not need any kind of change.
Being Turkish, I especially enjoyed the scenes that were shot in Istanbul. In fact, for a while it felt like I was watching a Turkey tourism video. The scenes in Istanbul were shot in the most beautiful areas like the historical mosques (I think Suleymaniye Mosque but I’m not sure), along the Bosphorus, across the Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi), the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and the ancient city walls. A few scenes also showed the modern side of Istanbul with high rising apartments and malls. Quite a few Indian films have been shot in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey like Mission Istanbul, Ek Tha Tiger and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. But Dookudu portrayed Turkey most beautifully.
The Guruvaram song was picturized in Istanbul, well mostly. I caught a few snaps in that song which were obviously shot in Switzerland. Also the metro scene right after that song was shot in Switzerland but they showed it like it was Turkey 😀 I was wondering where there are such nice metros in Turkey.
There was a fight scene that was filmed inside the Grand Bazaar. The roof of that Bazaar (where Mahesh holds the guy at gun-point) is the same exact place where the motorcycles were driving in the 007 film Skyfall. Of course Dookudu was before Skyfall. Well at least the Tollywood team didn’t damage the roof and leave without paying like the Skyfall team did.
The only issue is that better research could have been done for the scenes in Turkey. For example, the words used for the room number are not Turkish. There is no such thing as “sasi pasi” in Turkish. It should have been “dort yuz bes.” They could have asked this to anyone there, I don’t know why they made it up. Similarly, the dresses the background dancers were wearing were meant to be Turkish traditional outfits. But the outfits were actually far from it. The long white coats and the head covering was clearly trying to mimic how some religious Turkish women dress. But they forgot that such women do not show their hair or wear nail polish. And fyi, most Turks have brown/black hair and eyes and wheatish skin. Yes, Mahesh Babu looks like a Turk, I’m sure Turks passing by during Dookudu shootings in Istanbul did not even consider that he could be a foreigner. Samantha could pass off as a Turk too. Not that they need to!
Anyway, to sum it up, I only liked the comedy, the songs and the scenes in Turkey in Dookudu. It’s kind of funny because I watched the film because I thought the story was interesting but the story turned out to be too long and confusing for me. Of course, it’s a must watch for Mahesh fans and for Samantha fans as well.