The Warrior movie starts with a song (evidently much needed for introducing the hero to the audience in the first five minutes). A house surgeon Sathya (Ram Pothineni) enters Kurnool to work at a govt hospital. A university topper and a super achiever doctor promptly gets into saving lives. On his arrival he meets the Radio Mirchi RJ (Krithi Setty), who soon becomes his friend and more. Before they can proclaim their love for each other, Satya is forced to leave Kurnool in a not very good state – injured physically and emotionally.
Guru is the Don in control of Kurnool. He has the habit of planting a tree for every life he takes. And each death is registered as an accident as per his instruction to the hospital staff. Evidently Guru controls the police department as well, especially the inspector(Brahmaji). His henchmen kill a patient that Ram operates upon (how a house surgeon ends up on an operation table with a scalpel is anyone’s guess). The doctor is enraged that a life he saved is taken away without a care in the world, and tries to lodge a complaint in the police station, which is promptly followed by two loaded lorries following Ram’s car in which his fully pregnant sister is also there (there is no such thing as coincidence). When he gets angry he is repeatedly told that he has to be kind and patient since he is a doctor. And when three kids die at the hospital for a wrong dosage of Glucose supplied by Guru’s accomplice, Satya takes the help of media to expose him. In return, he gets beaten up, and hung to a pole at the city square (read in this case the popular Kondareddy Burju of Kurnool). That is how he ends up in an ambulance, and is forced to leave the city.
‘The Warrior’ Satya as a hero must, however, come back. Ram goes back only to cone again as a trained cop – ASP Sathya. How he brings the rowdies to task and how he tames the extremely aggressive and powerful Guru is the rest of the story. The clichés hardly end there though.
Aadhi Pinisetty fills the screen with his aura of an anti hero with an attitude. He looks super cool in his matching lungis (Vesti for the Tamil neighbours) and has a magnetic screen presence through out
Now for the highlights – It was a delight to watch Ram Pothineni on big screen after a long gap – a treat for fans surely. Krithi Setty is lucky enough to have considerable screen time in this otherwise predictable action formula, and she adds her part of the glitter well. Akshara Gowd, who plays Aadhi’s wife and Nadiya too get their share and they use it well. Last but most importantly Aadhi Pinisetty fills the screen with his aura of an anti hero with an attitude. He looks super cool in his matching lungis (Vesti for the Tamil neighbours) and has a magnetic screen presence through out. The action sequences with both heroes contributing their might come through well as they usually do in director Lingusamy’s films. The already popular ‘Bullet’ song is perhaps going to be the only one that’s going to be remembered from DSP’s ‘The Warrior’ playlist.
The last words – Time tested formula has been tested far too many times, a twist here and there is not enough to make it work. The bar is set too high with the KGFs of the world. Time to take not Mr Lingusamy.
‘The Warrior’ is by the way an ode to the frontline warriors – the doctors and the police, who selflessly worked during Covid times.