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Adugu
Director Veeraprasad has thought of serving some old wine in a new bottle. But this wine has gone stale like the unworthy screenplay of Adugu.

Mahendra Varma (Suman) is a multi-millionaire and Samarendra (Samarendra) is his only son. Mahendra had lost his wife in an 'accident', while Samar was a child, but he did not remarry. Samar completes his education abroad and returns to inherit his mother's property. He falls in love with a girl Anjali (Richasoni), sister of a police officer Surya (Surya).

Once Samar escapes a murder attempt and incidentally, the bullet was fired from Mahendra's licensed revolver. Later, Samar, Anjali and their friends go for trekking expedition to Araku, where he faces another murder attempt, but he cannot catch them. However, Samar gets a mobile phone of one of the killers. When it rings, to his dismay it has come from Mahendra's mobile. Samar in a dilemma but his doubts are strengthened when he finds that the milk served by his father was mixed with some acid. This makes Samar to develop a hatred towards his father.

Samar comes to know that Mahendra is moving with another woman and a girl. So, Samar criticises his father on his face but Mahendra does not understand why Samar has been eacting like that. At this juncture, Anjali tells Samar to enquire whether Mahendra had any relationship with that woman and girl. At that time, Samar comes to know that it is the family of Mahendra's friend, who died while trying to save Mahendra's wife in a fire mishap and lost his life to save Samar. Then Samar realises his mistake.

At the same time, he comes to know another fact that, it was his maternal uncle Subbaraju (Rao Ramesh Rao), who killed his sister (Samar's mother). In order to grab the property, Subbaraju kidnaps Mahendra. In the climax, Samar rescues Mahendra and the film ends with the arrest of Subbaraju.

PLUS:
Absolutely there are no plus points in the film. However, music by Jeevan Thomas alone would remain a highlight as there are no other highlights. The tunes provided by the music director are okay to listen to some extent. Suman's performance could be another highlight as he has performed in a decent way with diligence. Rao Ramesh Rao is okay in the negative role but the director has failed to etch his character properly. As a result, he remains a comedy villain rather than a serious villain.

MINUS:
Samarendra who has made his debut as hero is a big dud and is a major minus in the film. He needs to improve his body language and the choreographer needs to be blamed for trying to expose his half-naked body in songs which is not impressive to look at. Heroine Richasoni is another disaster. Though she has good looks, she has failed in facial expressions and cannot impress the audiences with her huge personality. She too needs to shed a lot of weight if she wants to remain in the film industry. Comedy by Master Bharat, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali and MS Narayana is so. so. and none of them can tickle the funny bone of the audiences. Camera work is average and with the poor screenplay and unimpressive direction, a senior editor like Marthand K Venkatesh, has not made an impressive joining of scenes to make a film worthy to watch.

REMARKS:
The film was made only with a view to promote Samarendra as hero. But, any artiste, who wants to make appearance on the screen should first learn the basics in acting. Besides, he should do lots of work outs to have a good physique, as it has become a must that a hero should have a good screen appearance. The film offers nothing novel and similar stories have hit the screen several times. The director has failed to highlight the father-son sentiment thread properly, especially because of immaturity and at the same time, the below level performance of the hero has added fuel to the fire. Mere filling of old wine in a new bottle will not serve any purpose and the present day audiences will not fall prey to each and every film that hits the screen. As it has been rightly commented by one of the audiences, it is a real third rate film with no substance.

Credits:

Cast: Samarendra, Richasoni, Suman, Rao Ramesh Rao, Benarjee, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali, MS Narayana,Chitram Sreenu, Sudha and others.
Story: Bommakanti Sudhakar
Dialogues: Tirumalasetty Sudhakar and Srinivas
Camera: Sudhakar Reddy
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Action: Satish
Music: Jeevan Thomas
Presents: Bommakanti Sudheer Babu
Producer: Bommakanti Madhavi
Screenplay and direction: Veeraprasad Neelam
Banner: Madhavi Art Productions
Released on: July 24, 2009

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