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<i>Akrosam</i> Review

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Monday, January 22, 2007
Tamil nativity fails to suit Telugu audience

Suriya has become famous among the Telugu audiences with his film Gajini. After the stupendous success of Gajini, the producers started to dub his films into Telugu. Though his films like Aaru did not do well in Telugu, the flow did not stop. Latest among his films is Akrosam. The successful Tamil film Nanda was dubbed into Telugu as Akrosam. Moreover, Laila who paired up with him had also made a comeback into the Telugu films with 'Mr and Mrs Sailaja Krishnamurthy' recently. Bala, the director who directed 'Sivaputrudu' of Suriya, also a dubbed film again paired up with him for this flick.

Nanda (Suriya) kills his father who was a womanizer in his childhood, as he loves his mother very much. He undergoes jail term as a juvenile delinquent. Even after his return, his mother doesn't want to see him as Nanda killed her husband. Theirs is a village near Rameswaram and the Sri Lankans used to take shelter there in repatriates colony. The village head Raja Upendra Varma (Rajkiran) is a very kind hearted person. He donates all his properties to the government. The court, collectorate and several buildings that house the government departments actually belong to him. He also helps the repatriates and provides them the relief material. He also runs a college which was full of goons and vagabonds. Nanda after his return from jail wanted to study in the college and gets admission. He teaches the goons a lesson who try to rag a girl student. Learning about his courage, Upendra calls Nanda and keeps him as his right hand. Upendra keeps teaching lessons through Nanda, whoever resorts to injustice to the society. Once a group of people reach the village from Sri Lanka but the government fails look after their welfare. Upendra and Nanda go to their rescue. Kalyani (Laila) is one among the repatriates. She falls in love with Nanda and he too will have a soft corner towards her. Coming to know this, Upendra decide to get them married. One of the politicians wants to grab money from the government, which sanctions the amount for the repatriates' welfare, but Upendra refuses it. However, that politician connives with the son-in-law of Upendra. As Upendra suffers a heart attack, he gets admitted to the hospital. Making use of the opportunity, Upendra's son-in-law kills him. Realising this, Nanda kills him, as Upendra treated Nanda like his son. However, the police could not prove that Nanda killed Upendra's son-in-law and he gets acquitted from the case. The film ends on a happy note with the union of Nanda and Kalyani, along with Nanda's family.

Plus:
Suriya's performance reminds the audiences of Gajini. This film also has similar looks and performance, though it has nothing to do with the short-time memory loss kind of disease. But as usual he performed well. Laila is also okay as a bubbly girl opposite Suriya. Bala's direction is also quite good.

Minus:
The Tamil nativity failed to suit the Telugu audiences and the film may not go well with the local audiences. The screenplay is quite confusing as to why the hero's mother hates him. The killing of Upendra's son-in-law was also quite cinematic.

Remarks:
Songs penned by Bhuvanachandra were on the lines of Tamil tunes and failed to click. Dialogues by Sriramakrishna are okay. Cinematography by Ratnavelu is okay. Despite good performance by Suriya, the film may not go well with the Telugu audiences unlike Gajini.

Cast : Suriya, Laila, Rajakiran, Rajasri, Sheela, Kumaran, Saravanan and others.

Credits :
Story - Prem
Dialogues - Sriramakrishna
Lyrics - Bhuvanachandra
Cinematography - Ratnavelu
Editing - Suresh
Music - Yuvan Shankar Raja
Action - Stun Siva
Dances - Suchitra Chandra Bose
Presents - Ten Media
Producer - M Sudhakar
Story, screenplay and direction - Bala.

Banner : Sri Mahaganapati Pictures

Released on : January 19, 2007

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