Old wine in new bottle
Sivaji became popular with the hit film Missamma. After that he played hero in Mr and Mrs Sailaja Krishnamurthy, which proved an average flick. Sivaji, in a bid to prove that there was also an action and mass hero in him, accepted the lead role in Sitaramudu directed by Shyamprasad S. But for the skin show of Ankitha, the film has nothing novel in it. The director, who himself provided story and screenplay had failed to run the subject with the same tempo from the beginning to the end.
Sitaramudu(Sivaji) is the son of Rambabu(Ahuti Prasad). He did not feel any responsibility in his life and believes that time had to come for anything. Once he saves Vamsee, son of Ramulanna (Rahul Dev), a notorious mafia don, from death. Ramulanna loves his son very much and did not spare anyone if they try to harm him. Rambabu used to advise Ramulanna and serves him as a right hand. Once Sitaramudu accidentally meets Anjali (Ankita) and falls in love with her. Ankita was brought by her sister (Hema) and brother-in-law Suryam (Surya). After some drama Anjali also falls in love with Sitaramudu. Meanwhile, Vamsee also had a love at first sight with Anjali. Once Sitaramudu bashes Ramulanna's men and the latter compliments his guts. Ramulanna comes to know about his son's love and wants to gift the girl he loved as wife. But things change when he notices Anjali in the engagement function of Rambabu's son Sitaramudu. Ramulanna kidnaps Anjali, only to get saved by Sitaramudu. When Ramulanna about to kill Sitaramudu in a fit of anger, Vamsee appears and tells his father that it is Sitaramudu who saved him and gave him a new lease of life. The film ends there.
The glamour of Ankitha and the performance of Sivaji are the only plus points in the film. The love drama between Ankita and Sivaji was moulded in a different way. Only that part of the film is a little interesting. In the second half, the scene in which Sivaji dares Rahul Dev and challenges him could also be said as a highlight. Rahul Dev sported an old man's get up in the film and gave his best.
The movement of the story is a little boring. It lacked pace. Screenplay is quite loose and the narration is damn slow. The story has nothing novel in it. Though it is said to be an action flick, the action scenes are not very impressive. One can find many loopholes in the film. Especially, the second hero was kept for namesake and neither there is any base for his character nor it was established in a proper manner. Comedy track failed to evoke any laughter. It is not known why Ali sports different get-ups and get bashed by some one or the other.
The film had opened with a below average hype. Several audiences were seen uncomfortable with the film and the director failed to elevate the hero's image in any way. Moreover, at a time when Sivaji accepted the role to prove himself as a mass hero, there are no scenes to elevate his image worth mentioning. Music by Ramana Gogula is average. A film that can be easily ignored. Of course, if you want to enjoy the oomph of Ankita, you can watch it once.
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