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Pellayindi Kanee Review

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A good film sans mass masala

It is easy to go with the stream and swimming against the current is not only a tough task but also risky. Ignoring the present trend, speed and style of the film industry, only few directors and producers would dare to bring out a different movie. One among them is EVV Satyanarayana. EVV is known for making good family subjects and entertainers. Aame is one of the best films which earned him a critical acclaim. Now, he chose another family subject with lot of sentiment and emotion for his latest flick Pellayindi Kanee. Popular artiste, director and producer K Bhagyaraja penned the subject and EVV presented it well on the screen with a gripping screenplay. Though this film could also earn him a very good name, commercially such films are not viable.

Achibabu (Naresh) is the lone son of Rajeswaramma (Bhanupriya). He is mentally unsound and always behaves like an innocent and childish. Subrahmanyam (Sunil) is a good friend of Achibabu. Rajeswaramma had two brothers (Kota Srinivasa Rao and Krishna Bhagawan). They eye her property. Gayatri is the daughter of school headmaster (Chandramohan) and she loves Rajesh (Harish). Her father suffers a heart problem and she needs Rs 2 lakhs for his bypass surgery. She agrees to marry Achibabu as Rajeswaramma agrees to give money for treatment. Once Achibabu leaves house in anger and his uncles get him operated for vasectomy. Learning that Gayatri doesn't live with Achibabu and there is no chance of getting pregnancy, Rajeswaramma cancels the marriage and get Gayatri married to her lover Rajesh and blesses them to have a happy married life. She also gives her lot of money for a good living. Theirs is a happy married life and they were blessed with a daughter and name her after Rajeswari. At this juncture, they find Achibabu and take him home. Gayatri turns a mother to him as he was innocent. Later, Rajesh and Gayatri come to know that Rajeswaramma committed suicide. At this juncture, Rajesh comes across Subrahmanyam and finds that Rajeswaramma was murdered by her brothers. Achibabu's uncles attack him in a bid to kill and in an accident, Achibabu regains his memory and becomes normal man. In the climax, Achibabu finds the truth and thrashes his uncles. In the chase, both of them run over by a train and the film ends on a happy note.

Plus:
A nice story, good and tight screenplay, a tender touch of entertainment, good show of emotions all these form part of the highlights of the movie. In fact, it is a very serious movie with less percentage of entertainment. Naresh, who proved himself as an artiste who could perform well with 'Nenu' some time ago, once again played a very good role as an innocent and insane person. His body language, histrionics are perfect to the core. The director was able to extract good performance from all the lead artistes including Bhanupriya, Harish, Kamalini and Sunil. All of them gave total justice to their characters. Kota Srinivasa Rao and Krishna Bhagawan also played good comedy villainy.

Minus:
Elements including speed, mass masala and action is totally missing. The audiences of the present generation go to a film these days for good entertainment which has masala and also for some sort of action to pep up their giddiness. No audiences would go to a theatre to watch something like sentiment, emotion and family drama. This might prove a draw back for the movie commercially. However, with the film being different from routine, there are chances to run for a few days with the help of mouth publicity.

Remarks:
Music by Kamalakar and Jayasri is melodious. Cinematography by D Prasadbabu is also okay. The storyline, though serious, is a little different. It is good to watch on the screen but in practical it is almost impossible. No man would dare to bring the first husband of his wife to his home, though the latter was an innocent and insane. It was the director who made the film quite interesting with a gripping screenplay and excellent taking. It is no doubt a very good film but a subject sans mass masala, action and entertainment may not be helpful for becoming a hit.

Cast:
Naresh, Harish, Kamalini Mukherjee, Bhanupriya, Sunil, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Krishna Bhagawan, Chandramohan, Mallikarjuna Rao, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, MS Narayana, Kallu Krishna Rao, Sana, Jayalakshmi and others are in the cast.

Credits:
Story – K Bhagyaraja, Music – Kamalakar and Jayasri, cinematography – D Prasadbabu, editing – Gauthamraju, art – KV Subba Rao, Producer – M Narasimha Rao, Dialogues, screenplay and direction – EVV Satyanarayana.

Banner: Raasi Movies.

Released on: October 12, 2007.

Read more about: bhanupriya, evv sathyanarayana
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