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Dhee Review

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Sreenu Vaitla, who directed big hits earlier like Sontham with Aryan Rajesh, Venky with Raviteja and Andarivadu with Chiranjeevi tried his hand with another young hero Manchu Vishnuvardhan Babu, son of Padma Shree Dr M Mohanbabu. Though the film is a routine commercial formula film, writer Kona Venkat has done will to include the character of Srihari to give a sentimental touch to the film apart from good action. However, in the process of giving the love between the hero and heroine a primary place, the director has ignored the villains role. Overall with all commercial elements in the film besides Srihari's performance, Genelia's glamour would help the film remain an average grosser.

The Story:
Srinivasa Rao aka Babloo (played by Vishnu) constantly does good to those around him. He helps those to whom life is the most unfair. In order to show him responsibility, his father Narayana (Chandramohan) teams him up with Shankar Goud (Srihari). Goud runs a huge mafia and his opponent is Balloo. Now, Balloo's son (Ajay) kills Goud's follower and acting in revenge, Goud kills him. This provokes Balloo, who decides to kill Goud's sister Pooja (Genelia). Pooja stays in Mumbai, but fearing attack on her by Balloo's men, Goud brings her to Hyderabad.

None of Goud's workers dare to see Pooja fearing that her brother will beat them up. Fearlessly, Babloo goes to her room. Later, he even takes her to watch a film. After few such incidents, both of them fall in love with each other. At this point in the film, Goud decides to marry her to Ajay (Akash), a doctor in USA. Before this cab happen, Pooja and Babloo go to Yadagirigutta and get married with the help of Babloo's friends in presence of his family members. Balloo's men attack Pooja follwing which Balloo stops them.

Later, Pooja goes to Goud. Once, Goud's wife (Devi) comes to know that Pooja and Babloo have got married but she fears that her husband will react adversely so she chooses to keeep quiet about it. On one occasion, Goud notices Babloo teasing Pooja and severely thrashes him, not knowing that they were indeed married. Goud's close follower (Brahmaji) advises him to take Pooja to Yadagirigutta to fulfil the vow ti get her married the the US doctor.

His advice was a plan to catch Goud and Pooja for Baloo. After they follow his advice, he ,in the process, leads them to Baloo. He organizes that they be attacked by Balloo's gang. Balloo's gang beats him up and takes away Pooja. Thus, the movie ends with Babloo coming again to rescue Pooja. Soon they get married with Goud's blessing.

Plus Points:

The major plus point in the film is the power-packed performance of Srihari in a key role as heroine's brother. Genelia's glamour is another highlight of the film. Comedy by Sunil, Brahmanandam, Jayaprakash Reddy is a huge asset for the movie. Genelia, once again has acted in chivalrous role much like Bommarillu and has excelled in her performance. She looked gorgeous in the songs of the film. The action scenes and comedy scenes were perfectly shot.

Minus Points:

Though Vishnu looked slim in a couple of songs, the major drawback in him is the dialogue modulation. It is still a big question why the directors don't dub his voice. Moreover, Vishnu needs to improve his body language a lot. He had to emote well in all the scenes. Being the son of a versatile artiste, who is known as a dialogue king in Telugu film industry, it is unfortunate that Vishnu could not modulate his voice properly. Another drawback in the film is the villain's characterisation.


Though the shooting and post-production formalities were completed long ago, 'Dhee' failed to see the light of release. It was slated for release some where in February but was delayed due to several technical problems. There were rumours that the producer left the project midway and director Sreenu Vaitla in order to avoid his image spoiled, invested some money and finally sought the cooperation from Suresh Productions.

Cast: Srihari, Vishnu, Genelia, Devi, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Shafi, Jayaprakash Reddy, Ajay, Tanikella Bharani, Srinivasa Reddy, Chitram Sreenu, Prithvi, Akash, Raghu, and others.

Credits: Story&Script - Kona Venkat
Cinematography - Prasad Murella
Editing - Marthand K Venkatesh
Music - Chakri
Producer - Mallidi Satyanarayana
Screenplay&direction - Sreenu Vaitla,

Banner: Sri Siri Venkateswara Films

Released on: April 13, 2007

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