Vishal starrer ‘Pista’, directed by Ayyappan, will be released on May 14. Shriya Saran plays the female lead in this action extravaganza.

The film will be simultaneously released in Telugu and Tamil (‘Thoranai’). After the B.O. debacle of ‘Salute’ (‘Satyam’ in Tamil), Vishal has been very careful about his moves and has spared no effort to make the film a wholesome entertainer, says our source. This film is also a home production of the hero; his brother Vikram Krishna is the producer. Manisharma scores the music.

The cast of the film includes Prakash Raj, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Telangana Sakuntala, Annapurna, Geeta, Surya and others. Priyan is the cinematographer.

The tagline of “Fast & Furious” promises “New Model. Original Parts.” Well, yes and no. “Parts” is a remarkably apt way to describe the people of the movie, a crew of affectless hard bodies reunited from the 2001 B-movie sensation The Fast And The Furious.

by Vin Diesel, an inexpressive chunk of man whose actorly range is largely restricted to the occasional furrowing of a brow, the cast is slotted into a narrative involving revenge against a Mexican drug cartel, outlandish vehicular mayhem, flaunting of custom bodywork (both automotive and anatomical) and settings that encourage people to wear tank tops. As for the newness of the model, the script (by Chris Morgan) is primitive at best, while the direction (by Justin Lin) is more or less functional. Less, in fact, would have been more: “Fast & Furious” could stand to lose 20 minutes to suit its truncated title. This inoffensive if uninspired example of presummer pop diversion will be best appreciated by future audiences flabbergasted by its unabashed revelry in fossil-fuel consumption.

“Fast & Furious” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned) for outrageous moving violations and tough-guy talk. FAST & FURIOUS Directed by Justin Linn; written by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson; director of photography, Amir Mokri; edited by Christian Wagner and Fred Raskin; music by Brian Tyler; production designer,Ida Random; produced by Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Vin Diesel; released by Universal Pictures. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes.