Player Movie Review

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  • Review for the film: "Player"
  • Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
  • Certificate: UA
  • Released: 30-10-2015
  • Genre: Drama
2 / 5.0

Low budget films are sometimes creating the much-needed wonder at the box office where big budget films fail. But again, given the premise, the directors should be able to execute the film well. Player is a low budget film and is directed by Gnana Sagar. You would be eager to know how this flick turns out to be.


A youngster Parveen Raj goes to Bangkok for the purpose of higher studies. Eventually, he joins in a reputed college and develops good rapport with Nagineedu, a professor. Parveen is good in Maths, and this interests Nagineedu, who asks the former to involve himself in a card counting game. He convinces Parveen that he would get more money by doing so. This tempts Parveen, and he also takes the route suggested by Nagineedu. There is also the story of Parveen knowing certain secrets about his dad that have connection with the scheming Nagineedu. What does Parveen do to escape from the clutches of Nagineedu? Watch the flick to find out.

Star Performances

Parveen Raj and Nagineedu have virtually carried the flick on their shoulders. The film surely belongs to them. The supporting cast has done what is expected of them.
What’s there?
1.    The first half is directed in a convincing manner by Gnana Sagar. 
2.    The casino backdrop is quite unusual in Telugu cinema. 
3.    Cinematography is the highlight of the movie, and the casinos are captured in an impressive manner. Kudos Suresh!

What’s not there?

1.    The execution of the film could have been better.
2.    The second half contains all the elements of a typical potboiler.
3.    Having minimal could have been turned a highlight for the movie but ironically the audience will not be able to connect with them. 
4.    Since the movie basically revolves around card game more importance could have been given to its intricacies. 
5.    At one juncture, the movie seems to derail from its path. 
6.    The dubbing voice given to the hero could have been better. 


 The flick is a frame-by-frame copy of the Hollywood flick 21. For those who haven’t watched the original Player can be given a try.