Nithin, who was introduced to the film industry by Teja with Jayam had a couple of hit films to his credit and shot into fame with Sye. However, he had no notable hits to his credit in the recent past. His film Ram Robert Rahim failed to see the light. Again he made a desperate bid, by teaming up with his debut film heroine Sada, in Takkari but that movie failed to reach expectations. In a fresh bid to win the hearts of people, Nithin teamed up with Kaajal Agarwal, who has successive hits to her credit with confidence that her luck would bring him the cheers. AS Ravikumar Choudary, who gave a hit like Yagnam wielded the megaphone for this movie Aatidista.
Jagan @ Chinna (Nithin) is the son of an industrialist called Lion Rajendra (Nagababu). He never allows any injustice to be done in front of his eyes and can not get good education unlike his brother (Raviprakash) or sister. However, his mother (Jayasudha) pampers him. He too has good affection towards his parents. Once, he accidentally meets a girl called Sunanda (Kajal) and loses his heart at first sight. Though Sunanda hates his behaviour in the beginning, she realizes that he is a good boy and falls in his love.
On the other side, Bonala Shankar (Dr Sivaprasad) is an MLA and he has several factories that manufacture cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. He rises to the level of MLA with his goondaism. As there is a protest against his tobacco factories, he takes the help of another industrialist Raghunath (Raghuvaran), a rival of Lion Rajendra. As Rajendra and Raghunath are at loggerheads, none of them are able to prosper in their fields. So, Chinna suggests his father to join hands with Raghunath. Rajendra's friend (Chalapati Rao) mediates as he is the common friend for Rajendra and Raghunath. Instead of making them partners, he advises him to turn relatives by marrying his daughter to Chinna. At this juncture, Chinna tries to save Sunanda's friend Jyothi from suicide bid and learns that she is pregnant because of Bonala Shankar's son. In the process, Chinna can not meet Sunanda and the latter feels bad and returns to her house from hostel. Chinna realizes that Sunanda is none other than Raghuanth's daughter and feels happy. Learning that Bonala Shankar's has become a thorn to the business of his father, Chinna plays a mind game and puts Bonala Shankar in trouble to solve the problems of both his father and Jyothi. The film ends on a happy note with the union of Sunanda and Chinna.
PLUS: Nithin has improved his performance and is much better both in body language and histrionics than his earlier films. He also appears more fair in this movie. He has shown good ease in dances and action scenes and he has improved his body with fantastic muscles. Especially, his dance in the introductory scene and again in 'Sorry Sorry' song. All the action scenes are choreographed in a stylish manner. Kajal Agarwal is gorgeous all through the movie and she has also showed good ease in dances and put up good performance in sentiment scenes too. Another notable performer in the film is Dr Siva Prasad, who has shown good villainy in the first half and comedy villain in the second half. Nagababu, Raghuvaran and Jayasudha are adequate in their respective roles.
MINUS: The slackness in direction is very visible after the interval bang. The director has show good grip over the story in the first half. However, the film takes a twist as a mind game in the second half which diluted the spirit of the film and the audiences felt bored at the shouts of the villain, who turned from a serious villain to comedy villain. The appearance of the heroine is also very negligible in the second half. Nagababu's character should have been etched well and Raghuvaran's character is also not moulded well. The villainy of the artist, who played the son of Dr Siva Prasad is also not properly established. Music by Chakri is good in parts. Cinematography by Jawahar Reddy is also adequate.
REMARKS: Director Ravikumar Choudary too poured cold water on the expectations of Nithin to make a comeback. If the director was able to maintain the tempo in the second half like the first half, it would have been a big hit. But it is not the case. However, the dialogues scripted by Ravikumar Choudary, especially some satires on the political system, media and channels evoks good humour. It is worth watching till the first half and the entire second half had nothing much to talk about.
Cast: Nithin, Kaajal Agarwal, Nagababu, Raghuvaran, Dr Sivaprasad, Venumadhav Raviprakash, Raghunatha Reddy, Chalapati Rao, Narra Venkateswara Rao, Babumohan, Chinna, Narsing Yadav, Jayasudha, Allari Subhashini, Jayalitha, Mumait Khan and others.
Credits: Camera – Jawahar Reddy, Editing – B Nagireddy, Music – Chakri, Presents – Rekha Combines, Producer – C Kalyan, S Vijayanand, Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction – AS Ravikumar Choudary.
Banner: Teja Cinema
Released on: March 20, 2008