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<i>Stalin</i> - Review

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
A step forward towards people
After giving memorable hits like Indra and Tagore Chiranjeevi is craving for a major hit. Especially, at a time when young heroes like Mahesh and Siddartha are coming up with a big hits, Chiranjeevi's fans have kept their hopes high on their favourite hero's latest flick Stalin. Moreover, the film is coming from a director, who gave hit films like Tagore and Gajani. The film had almost reached these expectations. The theme of the film in particular would take Chiranjeevi a step forward towards people.

Stalin (Chiranjeevi) is a Major in the Indian Army. He returns to the society as the Colonel (Mukhesh Rushi) transfers him to administrative division from the battlefield in the name of disciplinary action. After returning from the Army, he stays with his mother (Sarada). Stalin helps a physically challenged girl Sumati to write her Intermediate examination who eventually commits suicide. This disturbs him. The death occurs at a time when none of the people around her extend help. Then Stalin plans a chain system.

The theme works on a principle that everyone should help others and in return they should not seek a mere thanks but tell those who get the help to help three more, with a condition that those who get help from them should also demand the same. Stalin thinks that this chain will develop helping attitude among the people. But, to his dismay, Stalin finds that the chain does not work as well as he plans for it too. On one occasion, Stalin bashes a rich boy who injures a beggar. This causes a chain reaction and the rich boy employs some goons to attack Stalin. As Stalin disappears from the scene, the goons take Stalin's sister (Khushboo) and friend Chitra into their custody. Stalin reaches the spot and hacks the hand of one goon who happens to be the henchman of an MLA (Pradeep Rawat) who is also the son-in-law of Home Minister Muddukrishnayya (Prakash Raj). The Home Minister takes it personally and tries to eliminate Stalin but loses his son (Riaz Khan) in the process.

When the Chief Minister intervenes to bring in a patch-up, the crooked Muddukrishnayya plans to kill him and implicate Stalin in the murder. But Stalin takes away the injured Chief Minister and saves him. Stalin gets a severe chest pain due to exertion. The reason for the chest pain is a bullet, which remained in his chest, very near to the heart. Stalin sustains the bullet injury in the Kargil war and that was why the Colonel shifts him to administrative department. Finally the truth prevails and the Chief Minister returns to the hospital to visit Stalin, that the help three people concept was his brainchild, which saved him from death in the form of a school girl. Finally, the doctors successfully remove the bullet, in a very delicate surgery. The film ends on a happy note.

Plus:
Manisharma's music, Chiranjeevi's dances and fights, Trisha's glamour, Murugadas concept of help three persons, Chota K Naidu's cinematography, high production values of Anjana Productions - All these will stand as plus points. The gripping screenplay provided by Murugadas helped the film to make audiences sit tight to their seats. As was rightly said by director Murugadas it is the script and the dedicated acting skills of Chiranjeevi remain highlight in the film.

Minus:
Though the film is good, Chiranjeevi looked a little bulky in many scenes. He needs to shed his weight to look more beautiful. Another minus point in the film is lack of comedy. The film had only a few moments of comedy. Though the first half is a little entertaining, the entire second half dedicated to giving message and runs seriously.

Comments:
Murugadas captured the real talent in Chiranjeevi to the optimum size and as he rightly said, the message given in Tagore is good to watch only. But the message given in this film could be followed by the people for the betterment of the society in general.

Cast:Chiranjeevi, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Pradeep Rawat, Mukhesh Rushi, Suman, Sunil, Siva Reddy, LB Sriram, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Khushboo, Sudeepa, Ravali and others.

Credits:
Dialogues - Paruchuri brothers
Camera - Chota K Naidu
Music - Manisharma
Producer - K Nagendra Babu
Presents - K Venkat Rao
Action - Kanal Kannan
Story, Screenplay and direction - AR Murugadas.
Banner - Anjana Productions.
Released on - September 20, 2006.





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