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    <i>Chinnodu</i> - Review

    By Staff

    Monday, October 30, 2006
    Sumanth failed as mass hero again

    Sumanth had gained a good image with his excellent performance in Godavari and accepted a film that portrayed him in a mass character for Chinnodu. Kanmani, who proved himself as a director with a zeal and with innovate ideas tried to change his track and do an action film coupled with some sentiment and love in its backdrop. But Kanmani failed to give a shape to his ideas on the celluloid in Chinnodu. He tried to plant commercial elements in the film and miserably failed in giving a shape to the film and the film looked like a patchwork with no noteworthy directorial skills.

    Chinna (Sumanth) was brought up by a police officer (Chandramohan). He goes to jail for murdering the police officer's younger brother. Sanjay (Rajiv Kanakala), a circle inspector, and Yamuna are the children of Chinna's foster father. Though Chinna loves the entire family very much, the latter dislike him as he killed their paternal uncle. Chinna turns a rowdy-sheeter and saves the poor people from the goons and other elements who threaten them in several ways. Anjali (Charmme) joins the upper portion of Chinna's house as a co-tenant. Chinna falls in love with her. Anjali also falls in love with him. Later, she realises that Chinna is the brother of her close friend Yamuna and his family had rejected him for killing their paternal uncle. Anjali tells him give up his goondaism so that his family takes him back into their fold. Due to certain circumstances, Chinna becomes an enemy to Srisailam (Rahul Dev) and Bejawada Naidu (Ramaraju). Srisailam's brother-in-law Ranga (Prithvi) who involved in a murder, gets death sentence. Later he tries to escape from the police and gets killed in encounter. Take revenge on Sanjay, Srisailam decides to kill Sanjay's brother-in-law (Raja Sridhar) immediately after Yamuna's marriage. Coming to know Srisailam's plan, Chinna enters the scene and starts bashing the goons. But in the melee, Yamuna kills Srisailam. But Chinna takes the blame and decides to go to jail again. Then everyone realize that Chinna really did not kill his paternal uncle, but he died in the hands of Chinna's foster mother. After a two-year jail term, Chinna returns and unites with Anjali, with which the film ends on a happy note.

    Sumanth's performance is the only plus point in the film. A couple of scenes involving sentiment, love and romance added a little flavour to the film. But there is no noteworthy points that helped the film to put on right track. The comedy track, however, clicked well here and there and made the audiences enjoy for a few minutes.

    The improper screenplay, haphazard direction are the major minus points in the film. Even the music given by Ramana Gogula is a big let down and none of the songs were tuned well. At the same time the director failed to utilise the glamour of the heroine at least to woo the audiences. Moreover, there are several characters which were redundant and has nothing to do with the story. The length of the film would have become a little less had the editor trimmed some scenes which were unnecessary.

    The film had failed to impress either mass audience or the target audiences. Sumanth though performed well could not get any mileage through this film. It would be better if Sumanth ignore such mass characters and choose roles which suit him like that of the hero in Godavari.

    Cast: Sumanth, Charmme, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venumadhav, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, MS Narayana, Rahul Dev, Raghubabu, Sivaji Raja, Ramaraju, Vinay Prasad, Balayya, Malladi Raghava, Raja Sridhar, Naini&YV Ratna Kumar.

    Dialogues - Yalamanchili Sridhar
    Editing - Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
    Cinematography - Jeswant
    Music - Ramana Gogula
    Cinematography - Jeswant
    Lyrics - Sirivennela and Bhuvana Chandra
    Action - Kanal Kannan
    Presents - Sri Sai Balaji Arts
    Story, Screenplay and direction - Kanmani.
    Banner - Polygon Pictures Pvt Ltd.,
    Released on - October 27, 2006.

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