Samantha Akkineni is in terrific form this year. With already three blockbusters in her hand (Rangasthalam, Mahanati and Irumbu Thirai), she is heading towards another hit film. This week, Samantha battles it out with her husband Naga Chaitanya and herself. While she has two releases (Seema Raja and U Turn), Naga Chaitanya has his Shailaja Reddy Alludu hitting the screens today. Samantha’s U Turn is a mystery thriller directed by Pawan Kumar. The film is a remake of super hit Kannada film of the same name. Rachana (Samantha) is a journalist who takes up the case of people violating traffic rules. She stumbles upon people who re-arrange the dividers on the RK Puram flyover to reduce the time of their journey. While investigating, she gets into trouble and her personal life along with her career is under attack. Nayak (Aadhi Pinisetty) is the police officer who tries to crack the case with the help of Rachana, who has gathered crucial details. Who has caused these accidents? Will Samantha manage to come out of this mess? How do Nayak and Rachana solve the case? Watch the film to know the answers to these questions. Director Pawan Kumar, who has made the original film, has made few changes to the Tamil and Telugu remake of U Turn. It is safe to say that they have worked to his favour. He stays true to the script and at the same time, has updated his script to suit the sensibilities of people in both languages. Samantha has literally shouldered this movie and this is by far the challenging role she has taken up. She looks intense for the most part and sometimes, her innocent face dilutes the intriguing factor. She looks serious and believable as a journalist who is stuck in a deep mess. Director Pawan Kumar’s script keeps the audience engrossed in the story till the last minute. In the climax, the director brings up the horror genre, which might confuse a few people. But, overall, the screenplay of U Turn is gripping and keeps you glued to their seats. Aadhi is probably one of the underrated actors in Tamil and Telugu. He always manages to pull off his character with ease. This time, too, he has given a matured performance as a police officer. Rahul Ravindran and Bhumika Chawla have delivered neat performances. Samantha’s dubbing looked odd and it might be because we are so used to hear Chinmayi dubbing for her. Music by Poornachandra Tejaswi has done wonders to the film as it elevates the emotion in every scene.
Overall, U Turn is a classic mystery thriller that stays true to its genre. Watch out for the performances of Samantha, Aadhi Pinisetty, Rahul Ravindran and Bhumika.