Alluri Sitaramaraju (Ram Charan) is the ‘fire’ of this story. An angry, young police officer in Delhi whom the British both fear and revere. They tend to sic him on people they need to capture because he’s a brute but also never give him the respect he deserves. He’s on the lookout for the ‘water’ of this story. Konaram Bheem (Jr NTR) is an innocent Gond tribal man who pretends to be a Muslim and comes to the city to rescue a little girl called Malli who has been taken by Lady Scott (Alison Doody). The two form an unlikely pair (as Dosti plays) without knowing each other’s true intentions.
The first half of the film does a good job of balancing everything from the story to punchy dialogues and good music by MM Keeravani. The story moves forward at a considerable pace, keeping you on the edge of your seat, even as watching Jr NTR and Ram Charan having a dance-off to Naatu Naatu brings a smile on your face. It also helps that the actors are in stellar form, delivering what’s possibly their career-best performance. The pre-interval bit even manages to take you by surprise. With things coming to a head right before the interval, it remains to be seen how the second half will fare.