‘PedaKapu 1’ review: Raw and rustic intense drama

The promotional content of Srikanth Addala’s new film “Peda Kapu-1” has surprised everyone. The film stars debutant Virat Karrna in the lead role and is bankrolled by “Akhanda” producer Miryala Ravinder Reddy. The film has hit the theatres and let’s see how it fares at box-office.


Set in the 1980s, the film is about the journey of a common man, PeddhaKapu (Virat Karrna), who rises against all odds. The movie also deals with oppression and power politics. Two gangs, headed by Satya Rangaiah (Rao Ramesh) and Bhaiyanna (Naren), are always at loggerheads striving for power. It is also the time SrNTR establishes the Telugu Desam Party. How PeddhaKapu emerges as a leader amidst all the gruesome bloodshed is what the film is about.


“PedaKapu 1” unfolds as a conventional political narrative set against a rural backdrop. Srikanth Addala appears to have drawn inspiration from his previous work, “Narappa,” which was a remake of VetriMaaran's“Asuran,” and attempted to recreate similar themes involving the stark divide between the privileged and the underprivileged, as well as the intricate web of caste sentiments and divisions. Interestingly, the film's title hints at his true intentions, despite any public denials.

While the film is undoubtedly a product of Addala's dedication and hard work, it ultimately falls into a repetitive and monotonous pattern within the script and storyline. The intensity and emotional depth that was expected seem to have been diluted. The screenplay lacks any significant twists, rendering it one-dimensional.

The film has some impactful dialogues, which manage to leave a lasting impression. Srikanth Addala deserves credit for delivering these hard-hitting lines. However, the film struggles to maintain the desired intensity and emotional resonance at critical junctures.The story closes on a predictable note, setting the stage for the second part.

On a whole, “PeddhaKapu 1” is a bold film that appeals to a section of the audience. The film talks about power politics and oppression in a detailed manner. Those who are okay with slow-paced drama can give it a shot.


Virat Karnna made an impressive debut with a spirited performance in the film. He underwent a remarkable transformation to fit seamlessly into his rustic character and delivered an excellent display of intensity. He showcased his versatility by effortlessly portraying a soft and romantic side. His execution of action sequences left a lasting impact and garnered admiration from all quarters.

Rao Ramesh took on the role of a typical village head with an unwavering determination to pursue personal gains. His distinct appearance and powerful portrayal vividly conveyed his character's rage and ambitions, leaving a lasting impression.AadukalamNaren demonstrated impressive versatility in his role, effortlessly adapting to various shades of his character.Anasuya played a pivotal role and delivered a commendable performance, adding depth to her character.

Rajeev Kanakala, Naga Babu,Tanikella Bharani andEaswari Rao contributed spirited performances, skillfully emoting in their respective scenes.


Addala wastes no time in delving into the narrative. He skillfully transitions between different time periods, starting with the harrowing events of the 1960s that had a profound impact on the lives of the villagers. The story then leaps to the 1980s, coinciding with NTR's foray into politics and his efforts to consolidate his party's influence by mediating between two influential figures. His screenplay and direction maintain a singular perspective, offering limited room for unexpected twists. Addala leans heavily on the impact of powerful dialogues, which effectively convey the film's essence. Notably, the interval sequence and climax are intense, ratcheting up the tension and violence to the extreme.

Mickey J Meyer, known for his melodious compositions, steps out of his comfort zone in “PedaKapu 1” with a background score that packs a powerful punch. His BGM elevates the film's scenes to a whole new level, creating a gripping atmosphere.

Marthand K. Venkatesh's editing maintains a well-paced narrative.Chota K Naidu's cinematography needs a special mention., He re-invents himself with this film. In terms of production values, Dwaraka Creations delivers a top-notch production, contributing to the film's overall quality.




Powerful dialogues



Routine plot