Ghani movie review: Varun Tej needs more than Ghani to be an action hero

Action is an ever-evolving genre, especially when the movie combines it with a combat sport. Telugu cinema has had a lively tradition of such films.

Take Telugu combat dramas such as Thammudu (1999) – a kickboxing film; Bhadrachalam (2002) – a Taekwondo movie

For instance, in Thammudu and Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, the fraught father-son relationship connected with the audience.

Varun’s Ghani hates his father, Vikramaditya (Upendra), because he believes he doped his way into the sport of boxing.

This plot point, which could have been the mainstay of the film, is told so simplistically and predictably that it never registers.