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<i>Aadivaram Aadavaallaku Selavu</i> Review

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Friday, February 23, 2007
The message registers at point blank range
Raja Vannemreddy, who has directed hits like Kshemamga Velli Labhamgaa Randi had once again made a complete entertainer in the form of Aadivaram Aadavallaku Selavu. It may be mentioned here that Dasari Narayana Rao, who had directed more than 100 films and scripted stories more than 150 film storylines, has written the script for the film. The basic premise of the story is that women, who work for their families all through the year, need some rest for all their hard work. Though everyone feels this way about women, nobody makes it a reality. At a time everyone is fighting for equal rights for men and women, women have a place of hard work and only hard work. The film is an eye-opener to the male-dominated society.

Kovai Sarala works in a flat in an apartment complex by name - Brindavan Apartments as a servant maid(panimanishi). The apartment complex has an executive body of which Bellu Pulla Rao (Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao) is secretary, Venugopal (Venumadhav) is treasure, Nagabharanam Narasimha Sastry is the president and Rambabu (Krishna Bhagawan) is the joint secretary. All these four have a huge "male" ego. Even after 25 years of marriage, Pulla Rao harasses his wife Savitri (Sakuntala). So does Rambabu despite the fact that he lives on her earnings. The role of his wife is played by Rajani (Surekhavani). Ths same is the case with Venugopal and his wife Gita played by Gita Singh. Narasimha Sastry's wife,however, dies and he marries a dancer (Abhinayasri).

In the very same apartment complex, lives Ananda Rao (Sivaji) who respects his wife s great deal more than the previoulsly mentioned four people. His wife's role is played Suhasini. Ramulamma(Suhasini) encourages these women to change the way that they are treated by their husbands by putting their foot down - she makes them compete with their husbands in the elections to the apartment complex's executive body and gets them elected. Ramulamma then declares Sundays a wekly holiday, bringing into effect a rule that makes it wrong for women to work on a Sunday. Ramulamma(Ananda Rao's wife) goes into coma and he sits by her side treating her even more like a queen.

Unable to digest their wives gaining an upper hand, the husbands decide to teach them a lesson and serve them divorce notices. But the women don't care it. Irked over their behaviour, the husbands go to court and employ a top advocate (Jayaprakash Reddy) to argue their case. He makes the court believe that the wives are harassing the husbands and pleads for divorces from their wives. But no advocate dares to argue on behalf the women. Towards the end,the story takes a twist wwhen Supreme Court advocate Prakash (Prakashraj) appears in the court and appeals that he help t he women fight the case. He asks the husbands how they would survive without their wives. He tactfully made them to admit that they would employ servants to do those jobs. As they admit that they would pay salaries to the servants and get their job done, Prakash appeals to the court to make them pay for the services rendered by their wives during their period of marrigewhich comes to around Rs 1.25 crore for Bellu Pulla Rao.

As they plead that they will not pay such hefty amounts, Prakash argues on behalf of the entire women community saying that it was the women who work on 365 days without any holiday and pleads with the court to declare one day in a week a holiday. However, the women appeal to the court that they don't want compensation but only want their husbands as their husbands are like children and can't do any work on their own. With the women's sentiment growing, the film ends with a happy note with the women taking leisure on Sunday with their hubbies working at home.

Plus Points
The performance of all the artistes is excellent and the entire film is a comedy. The use of old song bits in the film is a novel experiment and is quite hilarious. The director has used the comedians very well. They not only provided good comedy but also proved that they can act well. Though the roles played by Sivaji and Suhasini are very small, they have good depth in it. Kovai Sarala had repeated her performance on the lines of her role in an earlier film 'Sandade Sandadi'. The performance of Prakash Raj at the end of the film is terrific. The last 20 minutes of the film is quite serious and is a must watch part of the movie. There is only one song in the movie which has been rendered by Jesudas which depicts the plight of a woman in a male-dominated world.

Minus Points
The Radha-Krishna comedy with Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam and MS Narayana and other artistes is unnecessary. At the same time, the Shakeela episode is also absurd. Though the director wanted to prove that the males are always after other women than their wives, the Shakeela episode would have trimmed further. But for these two scenes, the entire film is worth watching.

Final Remarks:
The director was able to prove what he wanted to explain through his film. Especially, the cool and gripping screenplay made the audiences stick to their seats with complete entertainment to a large extent and a serious message in the end. Once again, there are lots of chances for this film turning a hit because of total comedy and would pull the family crowds because of the message at the end of the film.

Cast: Sivaji, Prakashraj, Jayaprakash Reddy, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Venumadhav, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Krishna Bhagawan, Raghubabu, MS Narayana, Kanta Rao, Melkote, Kovai Sarala, Suhasini, Telangana Sakuntala, Gita Singh, Surekha Vani, Abhinayasri, Rajitha, Shakeela and others.

Story - Dasari Narayana Rao
Music - Vandemataram Srinivas
Camera - Rajendrakumar
Presenter - Soubhagya Exports Ltd
Producer - Leelarani Vannemreddy
Story, Screenplay and direction - Raja Vannemreddy.

Banner: Manga Movie Makers

Released on: February 23, 2007

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