Tuesday, October 16, 2007
'Premiste' combination fails to please audiences
A successful Tamil film Koodal Nagar directed by Seenu R was dubbed into Telugu as Muduru with a tagline 'Premiste'. It is worth mentioning here that 'Premiste' with Bharat and Sandhya was a big hit in Telugu, the producers might have thought of cashing in on the hit pair by dubbing the movie, which had a similar combination. Incidentally, for the first time, Bharat played double roles in the film while Bhavana paired up with another role played again by Bharat and he utilised the opportunity well. Both the characters had different shades, while one renders a subdued performance, the other goes hammer and tongs. The director laced the movie with the good commercial elements, but fails to please the Telugu audiences.
There are twin brothers Suryam (Bharath) and Chandram (Bharat). They reach the nearby city in search of a livelihood along with their mother (Meera Krishnan), following their father's suicide. While Chandram turns an attender at a post-mortem ward in government hospital, Suryam gets a job in a book lending library. Chandram is a happy-go-lucky youngster. Chandram is impressed with a girl next-door Vasantha (Sandhya). Namassivaya (Mahadevan) is rich man and a politician who plans to contest the Assembly elections. Chandram is one of his party activists and has some association with him. Meghamala (Bhavana), daughter of Namassivaya falls in love with Suryam. Once Suryam saves Meghamala from the goons belonging to the opposition parties of Namassivaya. Though Meghamala's father appear to be happy for saving the life of his daughter, he doubts how and why he saved her life. He gets a doubt that Suryam had love towards Meghamala and tells his men to bump him off. Accidentally, the goons sent by the political leader attack Chandram and being a rough guy, he bashes them up. Learning that it is the handiwork of his leader, he pleads with Namassivaya to spare his brother as he was an innocent. On information from Chandram that there was an attack on Suryam by her father, Meghamala decides to elope with Suryam. But, fate decides the other way and Suryam gets killed by Namassivaya's men. Unable to forget Suryam, Meghamala also commits suicide. Chandram decides to take revenge against Namassivaya. The rest is all about how Chandram takes revenge against him.
The storyline is the only impressive part in the film. Bharat played well in both the characters with different emotions. He is cool as an innocent and rough in the other role. He emotes, dances well and even tries his hand at comedy. Sandhya is the pick of the cast with a mature performance. She showed easy expressions and good body language, walked away with honours. Bhavana looked cute and is gorgeous in one of the duets. Villainy by Mahadevan is okay.
The major draw back of the film is comedy. There is not much comedy or entertainment though Bharat himself took the responsibility of providing comedy here and there. The picturisation of climax, action scenes were shot in an interesting way. There is nothing much to talk about songs as well. Cinematography is also not that impressive.
Director Sreenu R tried to balance both commercial and realistic cinema. The first half progresses on a slow note, the latter half gathers momentum to end with a pulsating climax. Had he infused a little more speed in the first half, the film would have been more interesting.
Bharat, Sandhya, Bhavana, Mahadevan, Ilavarasu, Lakshmanan, Meera Krishnan and others
Camera – MS Prabhu, Editing – EM Nageswara Rao, Music – Subesh-Murali, Dialogues, Lyrics – Vennelakanti, Action – Kanal Kannan, Co-producer – Saran Reddy, Executive producer – Hamsa Suresh, Presents – N Venkateswara Rao, Producers – Harikumar and Lakshminarayana Reddy, Story, screenplay and direction – Seenu R.
Banner: Lakshmi Srinivasa Pictures.
Released on: October 13, 2007