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Friday, September 28, 2007
Director Puri Jagannath has become an all-time favourite for everyone with Pokiri of Maheshbabu rewriting the Box Office records of 75-year-old Telugu film industry. Chiranjeevi had assigned the job of introducing his son to the Telugu film industry to Puri Jagannath and Vyjayanti Movies, the banner which is almost like a home production after Gita Arts of Allu Aravind for Mega Star's family took the responsibility to introduce him to the Telugu film industry. Aswanidutt really spent money like water for the film as a major part of the film was shot in Bangkok. Director Puri Jagannath chose a different route to introduce Ram Charan as hero. In fact, the current generation youth don't know the kind of fights with which Chiranjeevi has become popular, with karate stills and kung-fu fights. It would definitely appear novel for the youth and of course, for those who had already tasted Chiranjeevi films, they are well-known. At the same time, Puri took precautions in choreographing the songs in a most modern way.
Charan (Ram Charan) is the son of an auto driver, who gets killed by Mattanna (Asish Vidyarthi) for getting him arrested by police in a murder case. Charan's mother also gets stabbed in the incident. In order to save his mother's life, Charan agrees to go to jail for a murder which he did not do. However, after his return, Charan comes to know that his mother died. Meanwhile, Charan comes across Sanjana (Neha Sharma), the daughter of a millionaire Kartikeya (Prakashraj). Later, Charan gets a job in Bangkok as a travel guide. Accidentally, Sanjana visits Bangkok to spend vacation with her friends. In Bangkok, Charan finds that Sanjana is quite headstrong and always tries to behave like a rich girl and never treats others as fellow human beings. In Bangkok, there is a bad guy called Bittu, who tries to tease Sanjana and Charan teaches him a lesson. When all the other girls were away and Sanjana and Charan were alone, Bittu attacks them. In a bid to escape from his clutches, Sanjana and Charan gets caught in an island. There both of them understand each other well and Sanjana realises her folly and falls in love with Charan. There Charan reveals that he came to Bangkok not exclusively for a job but in search of Mattanna, who killed his father in a bid to take revenge. Learning that Sanjana was missing, Kartikeya reaches Bangkok and launches a search and finds her only to learn that she was in love with Charan. In a bid to get back his daughter, Kartikeya tells him that he would get back his mother if he is ready to leave his daughter. Charan who loves his mother most agrees to the proposal. At the time of exchange, Mattanna's men attack them and injure Kartikeya and kidnap Sanjana. In a fit of emotion, Kartikeya tells Charan to go and save his wife. Incidentally, Bittu is none other than the son of Mattanna and Charan takes his revenge and kills both of them. The story ends on a happy note.
Ram Charan, though a debutant put up an excellent performance and those who watch his performance can't expect that this is his first film. He showed very good ease in dances and fights. Especially his movements in dance sequences were very fast and it would not be exaggerating that the choreographers failed to compose dance movements which are critical as he shook his legs with extreme ease. Next comes, the performance of Prakashraj. As usual, he dominated all the other artistes. Though his character appears negative in the beginning, it takes a good twist as a character artiste and as a loving father. Neha Sharma filled the glamour slot well and the dialogue modulation was a little different. The audiences who were hitherto got bored with the voice of Sunita, had a different voice, with a different Telugu in an American slang. The choreography of dances, action scenes were superb and it appeared everyone worked very hard to please not just Ram Charan but Chiranjeevi and the Mega Star, Power Star and Stylish Star fans. Shyam K Naidu gave the best in capturing the beautiful locations of Bangkok city and also the vast sand stretches and beach of Bangkok. Music by Manisharma is another highlight of the movie.
Though the film has all the qualities that could attract the youth, mass audiences in general and the fans in particular, the kind of feel that Puri's films will have is missing. Especially the love thread is not of Puri's genre. The scenes in which the hero and heroine get stuck in an isolated island would have been cut to a major extent and made it crisper. Audiences could also find some difference in the Puri's style of screenplay. The relation between Asish Vidyarthi and his son Bittu in Bangkok was also not properly established. Venumadhav's role was made drastically limited.
Ali's character in a 'Mada' kind of role is unwarranted. The comedy track with Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu, MS Narayana and others is just okay. As a whole the first of the film is quite youthful, while the second half is full of revenge drama. The climax fight is worth watching and reminds of old Chiranjeevi films.
Cast: Ram Charan, Neha Sharma, Prakash Raj, Asish Vidyarthi, Surya, Sayaji Shinde, Tanikella Bharani, GV, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venumadhav, Srinivasa Reddy, Uttej, Babloo, Satyam Rajesh, Narsing Yadav, Master Akash and others.
Credits: Music – Manisharma, Action – Vijayan, Camera – Shyam K Naidu, Editing – MR Varma, Presenter – Chalasani Dharmaraju, Producer – C Aswanidutt, Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction – Puri Jagannath.
Banner: Vyjayanti Movies
Released on: September 28, 2007