Actor Sri Simha Koduri is the son of noted music director MM Keeravani, but he is trying to make his mark in Telugu cinema by choosing different stories. 'Dongalunnaru Jagratha' starts off interesting and creates some thrill, but the movie goes off track with some unnecessary comedy scenes in between. Although there are some thrilling scenes in the movie, we may feel that something is missing from the movie, which reduces the interest in the movie. There are some moments in the 1st half and later half that thrill and entertain the audience, but overall the movie is not interesting.
As far as acting is concerned, most of the scenes in the film focus on the protagonist trapped in a car and are shot in a closed & limited space, which forces the actor to perform in a lot of close shots. Simha Koduri tries his best with his actions throughout the film, but since most of the scenes are shot in close-ups, his inexperience is clearly noticeable. He has some comic timing, but when it comes to other emotions, Simha seems to struggle with his performance, but he can improve in the future. Samudrakhani has a limited screen presence but gives a good performance and all the other actors play their parts in the cameos given to them.
Director Satish Tripura should be commended for choosing a survival thriller subject for his debut, but he could have focused more on thrilling sequences & logic to keep the audience hooked till the end of the movie. But his efforts should be appreciated for bringing a genre that was never attempted in Telugu.
Overall, 'Dongalunnaru Jagratha' is a good survival thriller, but some scenes lack the thrill. If you want to watch the first survival thriller in Telugu anyway, you can watch it in theatres.