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<i>Annavaram</i> - Review

Monday, January 01, 2007
Annavaram reaffirms Pawan Kalyan's stamina

Pawan Kalyan is craving for a hit in the wake of recent failures. RB Choudary who gave him a good break with Suswagatham on the banner of Super Good Films, joined hands with the same director Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao, to regain the Power Star's past glory. They chose a successful Tamil film Tirupachi and remade it in Telugu. Moreover, the Telugu audiences always welcomed the brother-sister sentiment and many films on this backdrop proved hits. Keeping an eye on the mass following in view, Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao, perfectly scripted the screenplay and made the film more interesting. The end result proved that the combination of Super Good Films, Bhimaneni and Pawan Kalyan is a big hit.

Annavaram (Pawan Kalyan) has a lot of attachment with his sister Varam (Sandhya). He wants to see his sister trouble free even after marriage and hence wanted to get her married to a city guy who has all the facilities like mixie, grinder, gas stove, running water and such facilities. True to his taste, Annavaram marries Varam to a boy (Sivabalaji) who stays in Hyderabad. In order to leave her at her husband's place, Annavaram drops Varam in Hyderabad. Aishwarya (Asin) is the neighbour of Varam's husband who is chirpy and moves very close with everyone without any inhibition. During his stay, Annavaram finds that the city is full of goons and his brother-in-law pacifies him not to take everything to head and one should have the adjustment mentality to stay in the city. The city is ruled by two big goons called Tapas Balu (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Puranapool Ganga (Lal). Unable to digest the situation, Annavaram returns to his village along with his close friend Narasimha (Venumadhav). After a few months, Varam turns pregnant and Pandu's brother Gutkha Pandu threatens Varam's husband and takes away the canteen being run by him in a college. Varam gets frightened at the attack. Meanwhile, Narasimha gets Visa to fly to Dubai to work there. To see him off at the airport, Annavaram reaches Hyderabad again. Narasimha, Annavaram, Varam and her husband go to Golconda to see the fort, where Narasimha gets killed by Ganga. Varam and her husband reach the village to take part in the funeral of Narasimha. Annavaram detains his sister and brother in law in the village, but he leaves the village stating that he got a job. He reaches Hyderabad. He dares Tapas Balu and kills 20 of his men along with a corrupt police officer (Ravibabu). He even calls up the ACP JD Yadav (Nagababu) that he would do the duty of the police as they were handcuffed with political pressures and can't take action against the goons. At this juncture, Annavaram meets his old friend Sairam (Brahmaji) and with his help gets the details of all the goons and decide to eliminate all of them. To bail out from the crisis, Tapas Balu kidnaps ACP's daughter Sanjana. Annavaram attacks Balu and kills him and saves her. Then he targets Ganga's brother Pandu and kills him. Next is the turn of Ganga. Like this, he eliminates all the goons and makes Hyderabad a clean city sans any goondas by the time Varam delivers a baby boy. The film ends on a happy note with the union of Annavaram and Aishwarya.

Plus: The major plus point of the film is Pawan Kalyan's performance. He showed similar ease in sentiment scenes, dances, action episodes. His showed perfect comedy timing as well. Asin was quite glamorous and was shown in good costumes. The director proved that there is no need to expose the glamour if the character was moulded in a nice way. Sandhya gave her best of performance in sentiment scenes. Especially, the brother-sister relationship was perfectly highlighted in several scenes. Even the action episodes were looked quite real and not cinematic. Music is another major plus point in the film and the choreography of songs added flavour to it.

Minus: Though the hero claimed to be coming from a village backdrop, he was able to use good English words in his dialogues. Though there are a number of comedians and character artistes like LB Sriram, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Ali, Sunil and Suman Setty, they were not properly utilized for comedy track. Nagendrababu's role though moulded nicely, had very little scope to perform. Any ordinary character actor could do such roles. The director should have elevated his stature a little more.

Remarks: If the hero did not poke his nose in the direction department and if the director was given a free hand and the artiste performs as per his direction, the film would definitely come out neat and clean and the film would be big hit. This is an age old truth. The same truth was followed in this film. Earlier, there were rumours that Pawan Kalyan involves in the direction department and that was the reason his films are bumping. In this film, such a situation could not be seen. Finally the film proved a big hit and is worth watching by all classes of audiences.

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Asin, Sandhya, Sivabalaji, Venumadhav, Nagendra Babu, Asish Vidyarthi, Lal, Brahmaji, Tanikella Bharani, LB Sriram, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Sunil, Ali, Mallikarjuna Rao, Brahmanandam, Ravibabu, MS Narayana, Lakshmipati, Raghubabu, Narsing Yadav, Uttej, CVL Narasimha Rao, GV, Ranganath, Ponnambalam, Sridharbabu, Telangana Sakuntala, Kalpana, Bangalore Padma, Hema, Surekha Vani.

Story - Perarasu
Dialogues - Abburi Ravi
Cinematography - Sethu Sriram
Music - Ramana Gogula
Editing - Gouthamraju
Presents - RB Choudary
Producer - NV Prasad, Paras Jain
Screenplay, direction - Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao.

Banner: Mega Super Good Films

Released on : December 29, 2006

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