Gang Leader review: This ‘Pencil’ shines in parts

Release Date
September 13, 2019

Direction: Vikram Kumar
Cast: Nani, Karthikeya, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Lakshmi, Saranya, Priyadarshi, Vennela Kishore
Cinematography: Mirosla Kuba Brojek
Editor: Naveen Nooli
Producers: Y Naveen, Y Ravi and Mohan Cherukuri
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander

Vikram K Kumar has earned a good name in Telugu with films Ishq and Manam.  His collaboration with Nani for Gang Leader created much hype prior to the release. The hype has been created with the news that the director is making a movie with Natural Star Nani as the hero. Kartikeya, who had a super hit with the RX100 movie has donned a baddied avatar in Gang Leader. So has the Gang Leader reached those expectations? Has Nani got into commercial success with Gang Leader is to be seen?


Six people rob a bank of Rs 300 crores in just 18 minutes. But one person from the gang kills five and escapes with the looted money. However, the women whose family members got killed hold a grudge against the killer and plan to kill him. To execute thier plan, they reach out to revenge writer, pencil Parthasarathy (Nani). Nani actually pens novels by copying from Hollywood movies. He agrees to help those five women by hoping to write this real story as the revenge story and earn money. How Nani helps thse five women? Does he get successful by making them women nab the main accuser? What is the connection of five women with Kartikeya forms the story.


Nani nailed his role in the character of Pencil Parthasarthy. On the other side, Kartikeya in his baddie avatar got into the skin of the character. Priyanka Arul Mohan, who was introduced to Telugu audiences as the heroine, didn’t have a meaty role. Her character remains a supporting role to the story. Lakshmi, Saranya, Vennela Kishore, Priyadarshi and Anish Kuruvilla have played their portions well.


Gang Leader released amidst huge expectations but the film failed partially in meeting those expectations. Vikram failed to show his charm in the screenplay. In addition to this, the narrative is also slow. Having said that, it was Nani who was the saving grace of the film. With his impeccable comic timings and spontaneity in the dialogue delivery, the audience were left with oodles of laughter. Anirudh’s music is impressive.

Plus Points

Acting Nani
Background music

Minus Points


Missing Vikram K Kumar trademark

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Critic Reviews for The Boxtrolls

This Pencil shines in parts
Rating: 2.5/5


Let down by haphazard screenplay
Rating: 3/5

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