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<i>Samanyudu</i> - Review

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Sloppy screenplay, amateurish direction killed the tempo

Some two decades ago a film called Antima Teerpu with Krishnamraju in the lead came before the Telugu audiences. Of course it was also made with the inspiration of a Hollywood flick Sunday Mirror. By rehashing the story Ravi C Kumar, who is earlier known as Ravi Chavali, tried to bring a similar subject in the name of Samanyudu. However, the slapdash screenplay and amateurish direction killed the tempo of the entire film. The director failed to establish certain characters and made them end abruptly. A minister, who is well known for his crookedness, becoming a pawn in the hands of a common man is quite unimaginable. Peculiarly, the hero blackmails the villain and make him a pawn in his hands.

Chandrasekhar (Ranganath) runs a daily called Addam and he is the editor. He brings up Chandu (Jagapatibabu), Abhi (Arunkumar) and Aparna (Archana), who were orphans and give them good positions and make them stay abroad. He also has a trusted reporter called Dasu (Rajiv Kanakala), who was once a Naxalite and joined the mainstream. Home Minister Bhagawan Raj (Saikumar) attacks Chandrasekhar and injures him, as the latter tries to expose his misdeeds. So his foster sons and daughter return to India. When Chandrasekhar was about to reveal that Bhagawan Raj had swindled Rs 600 crores, Bhagawan Raj kills him with help of his right hand Lingam Goud (Vinodkumar). In order to fulfill Chandrasekhar's dreams to teach a lesson to the corrupt politicians, Chandu takes over as the editor of Addam. With all his brilliance, Chandu, Abhi, Aparna and Dasu prepare a plan and get the clues on Bhagawan Raj's corrupt practices. With the help of those clues, Chandu starts blackmailing Bhagawan Raj and forces him to fulfill all his election promises made to the people. The latter also tries to grab those clues from Chandu in different ways but fails. At this juncture, Chandu falls in love with Vandana, sister of Lingam Goud. An angry Goud tries to attack Chandu but gets silenced after watching the CD in which one of the henchmen of Bhagawan Raj reveals that he killed Chandrasekhar and a police officer. At this juncture, Bhagawan Raj tells a police commissioner that he had already planted a mole in their group. It is none other than Aparna, who is out to take revenge against Chandrasekhar and his Addam paper, because of whom she lost her parents and sister. But, Bhagawan Raj realises that the people were treating him as God because of his good works and makes a self-introspection and decides to remain a gentleman. But in the process of securing the evidences which would prove Bhagawan Raj is guilty, Aparna kills Dasu. In order to save Chandu and Abhi from her, Bhagawan Raj kills Aparna. The film ends on a happy note.

Plus:
Performance of Jagapatibabu, Saikumar and Vinodkumar are the plus points of the film. Rajiv Kanakala and Arun also did justice to their roles. The director was able to maintain the suspense on the blacksheep for some time and it is the only plus point from his side. A couple of action scenes, especially the hero escapes murder attempt by the goons was shot well and it could be said as another plus point. A couple of songs by Vandemataram Srinivas were good to listen. The item number with Mumaith Khan is quite foot-tapping and has a mass beat.

Minus:
The director played failed to maintain the tempo of the film. He failed to do justice to the roles of Rajiv Kanakala, Neetu Chandra and also failed to establish the love between both the characters. To justify that, he killed Rajiv Kanakala in the film. Even there was an abrupt end of Vinodkumar's role too. The sloppy screenplay tested the patience of the audiences.

Remarks:
A film which could be ignored conveniently as it has nothing much to watch either in visuals or in the audio. Despite best performances by Jagapatibabu and Saikumar the film could not make any appeal to the audiences.

Cast: Jagapati Babu, Kamna Jetmalani, Sai Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Arun Kumar, Rajiv Kanakala, Archana, Neetu Singh, MS Narayana, Ranganath, Balaiah, Duvvasi Mohan, Narra Venkateswara Rao, Ramireddy, Benerjee, Ahuti Prasad, Raghunath Reddy, Ashok Kumar, Sarika Ramachandra Rao, CVL Narasimha Rao, Jenny, Mumaith Khan, Chintu, Sudarshan, Sujitha, Subhashini.

Credits:
Camera - Vijay C Kumar
Editing - KV Krishna Reddy
Lyrics - Kaluvakrishna Sai, Raju
Presents - K Achireddy
Music - Vandemataram Srinivas
Producer - Venkat
Story, Screenplay and direction - Ravi C Kumar.
Banner - RR Movie Makers.
Released on - October 19, 2006.





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