Director-turned-actor Prem, who made his acting debut in Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melede, has not tasted success as an actor in spite of making several attempts. With his directorial career at a low ebb, the Jogi creator has been trying his best to bounce back like a phoenix raising from the ashes. Well, Prem Adda seems to have given him much-awaited success as the film is a treat to the mass.
Prem Adda is bloody story of violence. Set in the 80s, the narration takes you to the past and in between the present. Ranganath alias Ranga (Prem) with his friends are small-time careless goons, who is very sincere, like a dog's unmatchable sincerity to a human - to a village politician. Whenever they get into trouble and lands in police station, he bails them out.
As his politicial career was not going anywhere, his desperation for power makes him to use his loyalist Ranga and his gang for his political gain. As a result, the Adda boys commit a murder and land in jail. But the politician changes his colour and does not come to their rescue this time, leading the Ranga's men to seek revenge against him for exploiting their innocence. Last but not least, Prem is in love with the daughter of the politician played by Kriti Kharbanda.
It is a usual revenge-seeking drama told in a brilliant manner. The film is intense and has a strong subject with a strong message. Not to forget, Prem Adda is a remake of Tamil superhit film Subramaniapuram and the makers of the film have tweaked the script to suit the local sensibilities. However, the narration loses its grip in parts and the sentiment scenes have been forcefully added. May be, it looks too dramatic and the continuity goes for a toss.
As far as roles are concerned, it is a tailor-made role for Prem and he looks apt in almost every frame. He speaks the Mandya-Kollegal dialect with ease and completely justifies his role. Murali Krishna is good in parts and Kriti Kharbanda, whose role is limited, does a decent job.
V Harikrishna's music is excellent and three songs of the film are good, Arun D Prasad's cinematography is good and Mavalli Sai Krishna's dialogues are well-written. Action sequences are well-shot. Director Mahesh Babu has a wonderful team and has brought out the best. However, the screenplay is not convincing in some parts and the film would have got a few more marks if the director would have taken care of it. And also, there is no justification for the title - Prem Adda!
Verdict: Prem Adda is a must for action lovers.