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<i>Vallabha</i> Review

Simbhu proved to be a good director
Simbu had earned a good recognition among the Telugu audiences with his hit film Manmadhan. Like his father T Rajender, Simbu also had several tactics in him. In addition to play hero on the screen, he tried his hand off the screen by standing behind the camera to say Clap, Lights On, Silence and Action... by wielding the megaphone for his latest film Vallabha and he did it with much Élan. Simbu brought out a triangular love story with different twists and turns and he himself emoted well in several scenes. Though he chose a college backdrop for his love story, Simbu dished out a story wherein the villain is a girl, with shades of 'Neelambari' in Narasimha.

Vikram @ Vicky (Simbu) has a commitment towards love and he always tells his friends that one should get the feel of love when he watches a girl. One day, he accidentally meets Swapna (Nayanatara), who is a lecturer of his college. Though he is younger to her by three years, he decides to love her. Vicky wants that her lady love should like him inwardly and not by his outwardly appearance. He changes his attire and looks with a big teeth and big spectacles. He impresses her with his appearance and wins her heart. Later, he comes out in open how beautiful he is. Both of the fall in love with each other. But Vicky hides the truth that he is younger to Swapna. But, Swapna, realises the truth and rejects him as he is younger to her. Now comes the flash back wherein Vicky falls in love with his classmate Ganga (Reema Sen). Ganga is a kind of psycho and always thinks that everything should be done as she orders. She ensures that Vicky moves around her crazily. Once coming to know her true nature, Vicky resolves to teach her a lesson and says goodbye to her love. After Vicky's love with Swapna gets spoiled, Ganga returns only to say that she was the one who played spoilsport between him and Swapna. But Vicky again goes to Swapna and convinces her that though he was young in age, he is very older than her in love. And his heart is very much bigger than anyone else. Finally Swapna and Vicky unite and Ganga goes to mental asylum. After a few years, Ganga gets released from the mental asylum that she is healthy and recovered from her problem. But like Aparichitudu film, after her return from the asylum, she again becomes the same old Ganga but to no avail.

It is Simbu everywhere. The major plus point of the film is the different twists and the directorial abilities of Simbu. Yet another plus point is the best cinematography by Priyan and the Yuvan Shankar Raja's background score. While all the artistes did live to the expectations of the director and performed well, the technical crew also added flavour to make the film a hit. Reemasen who played a negative role gave the best. Nayanatara filled the glamour slot.

The minus points in the film are quite minimal. Though the twists are good, the common and average audiences could not catch the speed. Reemasen's performance though good, it makes the audiences realize very easily that she is a crazy girl and a hysteric. The climax is abrupt and how the hero convinced the heroine is not that convincing to the audiences.

The peppy numbers by Yuvan Shankar Raja elevated the moods in the film, while Shashank Vennelakanti's dialogues are okay. Anthony's editing is very crisp and good. Nayantra and Sandhya do their best, as also Reemasen. Dances by Simbu are appealing to the youth. The brisk musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja helped in the sustenance of the momentum in the movie. Simbu, however, made best use of his direction in glorifying him as a hero.

Cast: Simbu, Reema Sen, Nayanatara, Sandhya, Santhanam, S Ve Shekher and others.

Cinematography - Priyan
Dialogues - Shashank Vennelakanti
Editing - Anthony
Lyrics - Veturi, Vennelakanti, Bhuvanachandra and Chandrabose
Music - Yuvan Shankar Raja
Action - Kanal Kannan
Producer - Bellamkonda Suresh
Story, Screenplay and direction - Simbu
Banner - Essar Entertainments
Released on - November 11, 2006

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