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Sundarakanda - Review

 
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Pinky (Charmi) is the daughter of Sita (Prema), who keeps away from her husband. When Pinky insists on why she does so, Sita tells her reason. Sita fells in love with Raja Ravivarma (Sunil Sharma), son of a Zamindar Surendra Varma (Ranganath). Ravivarma and Sita meet each other at a study tour and fell in love. They married there in a tribal village. But Surendra Varma's father had different plans. He wanted to get Ravivarma married to his niece - daughter of his brother-in-law Bhushanam (Vizag Prasad).

His sons marriage with Sita gave Surendra Varma gets the shock of his life and she lost both his legs that day. Surendra Varma's wife Bharati (Sangeetha) pleaded with Sita to save her family by forgetting about the love that she had for her son. After Sita did so, Bhushanam makes a noise and starts a rumour that Sita escaped with the gold ornaments from the palace.

Now Pinky attempts to reunite her mother and father. She reveals to the Surendra Varma's family that she was the daughter of Ravi Varma. Since Ravi Varma is an aspirant for the Chief Minister's post, their family secret being exposed could be danger for his hopes of becoming CM.

So, the family allows Pinky to stay with them. Pinky, a chivalrous girl, gets along with everyone. She starts playing pranks with her father's opponent Kota (Kota Srinivasa Rao) who is also an aspiring candidate for the Chief Minister post. With the help of a journalist (Naresh), she brings out the truth about of Kota. In the climax, everyone tries to make Ravi Varma the chief Minsister but he turns it down and reunites with Sita and Pinky.

Plus Points:

Director Bapu has just repeated his known style of direction - nothing much novel to talk about. He was able to portray the heroine's role well. He projected Charmi as a beautiful damsel and portrayed her character with lot of chirpiness and chivalry. Charmi too did complete justice to her role and performed excellently in the role given to her. She perfectly fitted in the mould and did not overact either. Naresh didn't have much a role to play except for a couple of scenes with Charmi. Music by Vidyasagar is okay and a couple of songs were good to listen and most of the other songs were small songs and not full tunes. Camera work by PRK Raju makes the film is worth watching.

Minus Points:

The story and screenplay played spoilsport all through the film. Its is big question how Bapu had accepted the story. There is no logic in the scenne when Charmi makes her entry into the family of the zamindar. When it is such a rich and big family, how was she able to move in and out of the bungalow at her will.

Moreover, the villain too in the same house and there is no one to watching her movements. The writer tried to play a satire on the contemporary politics, which has nothing to do with the actual storyline. He should have chosen some other way to run the story.

Conclusion:

The writer tried to modernise the original 'Sundarakanda' in Ramayana. The role played by Lord Hanuman in uniting Rama and Sita, was rewritten in such a way that a girl took the responsibility in uniting her parents who were separated. In Sundarakanda, Lord Hanuman teaches a lesson to Ravana in his bid to unite the Rama and Sita. This was equated with teaching a lesson to a political opponent of the heroine's father. This is where the writer fumbled and could not correlate the story well. As a whole, despite the fantastic directorial capability of Bapu, the film failed to satiate the urge of the Telugu film lovers, who go to the film with high expectations.

Cast: Naresh, Charmme, Sunil Sharma, Ranganath, Rallapalli, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vizag Prasad, LB Sriram, Lakshmipati, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Duvvasi Mohan, Pruthvi, Gauthamraju, Prema, Sangeetha, Jayalalitha, Padma Jayanti, Srividya, and others

Credits: Story and dialogues - Mullapudi Venkata Ramana, Cinematography - PRK Raju, Editing - Srikara Prasad, Lyrics - Mullapudi, Veturi, Jonnavittula, Music - Vidyasagar, Presents - Petrofab International, UAE,

Co-producer - Tummala Bhanuprakash Reddy, Producer - K Aparna, Screenplay and direction - Bapu

Banner: Chaitra Cinema Circuit

Released on: February 8, 2008

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