Radhika Rajamani says Ravi Teja and Shruti Haasan starrer Balupu follows a tired old formula and offers nothing new.
Director Gopichand Malineni teams up with Ravi Teja for Balupu after Don Seenu which came out a few years ago. Balupu like most mainstream commercial cinema has the same formula of action, romance, comedy and the mandatory songs, re-churned.
Ravi (Ravi Teja) works in the loan recovery department of a bank. His father (Prakash Raj) is hunting for a bride for him. When his friend (played by Rajesh) is cheated by Shruti (Shruti Haasan) Ravi decides to teach her a lesson.
Shruthi along with her uncle Crazy Mohan (Brahmanandam) embark on a crazy ride to con others and in that, they deceive Rajesh.
Shruti is actually engaged to be married to Sesh Adivi. But Ravi and Shruti fall in love. There is another parallel track of Poorna (Ashutosh Rana) on the hunt for two people – Shankar and Nanaji.
In the second half the film rewinds to a flashback which establishes who they are.
Since the formula the director uses is time tested, there isn’t much he can do except some small variations in characterisation or orchestration of action