Monday, January 29, 2007
Age old story tested the patience of audiences
Producer Krishna Reddy, who had brought out a classic film like Sindhura Puvvu is produced a film after a long gap with young hero Navadeep and debutant girl Ekta Khosla in the lead. The story for the film was provided by the banner itself. Unfortunately it is a damn routine stuff and there is no novelty at all. Leave alone the story, even its treatment is also quite disastrous. Moreover, the sluggish screenplay again provided by the banner had tied the hands of the director in treading a different path in making the film attractive.
Karthik (Navadeep) is a vagabond. Though his father (Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam) is a landlord, he failed to assist his father and moves without any useful work. However, his life ambition is to become a hero, as his mother always used to say that my son is like a hero. Though his mother dies in his childhood itself, his sister brings him up like mother and pampers him very much. Once, he gets a call letter from the Film Institute but he has to pay Rs 1 lakh towards the fee, which throws him in deep depression. At this juncture, a girl called Chaitra (Ekta Khosla) visits their village claiming that she was planning to do a telefilm on the village. As she looked quite rich, Karthik and his friends (Satyam Rajesh and Suman Setty) try to cash in on the opportunity. All the four become good friends in no time. Chaitra's foster mother (Vadivukkarasi) comes to know where she is and sends goons to that village. But, Chaitra escapes By that time, they were able to pool up Rs 50,000 Karthik's sister gives away her jewellery and advises him to go to Hyderabad. Accidentally, Chaitra reaches the city joins Karthik. Karthik starts his efforts to turn a hero and finally gets the chance in a film. The joyous Karthik wanted to celebrate the occasion and takes Chaitra for an outing, where the goons attack them and try to take away Chaitra. Somehow, Karthik saves her. When asked, Chaitra reveals her story saying that she has a foster mother who brought her up like a mom. However, Chaitra comes to know that all her love was to snatch her property by getting Chaitra married to her brother Satti. When Karthik was about to face the camera, that woman appears before him and demands handing over of Chaitra, to fulfil his life ambition of becoming a hero. However, Karthik categorically tells them that he is in love with her and is ready to shed his ambition for the sake of Chaitra. However, Chaitra decides to sacrifice herself and marry Satti to fulfil the life ambition of Karthik, but could not kill her love. Finally Karthik wins her love and Chaitra's foster mother realizes her folly that she was losing true love from Chaitra for the sake of money and apologises to her. The film ends on a happy note with Karthik becoming a hero.
Navakanth is okay as hero and performed well in action scenes and a couple of sentimental scenes. Satyam Rajesh, Suman Setty are okay as sidekicks of the hero. The highlight of the film is the parody to Chandramukhi. A couple of songs were romantic. Jawahar Reddy's cinematography is an asset during the canning of songs. Action scenes by Ram-Lakshman are not up to the mark but not bad. Director Srinivas succeeded in moulding the sentimental scenes well. Comedy by Raghubabu, MS Narayana are routine but bring smiles on the faces of audiences.
The poor story, insipid screenplay are the two major drawbacks of the film. Another big minus point in the film is the heroine. Neither she had good physique, nor glamour. It is surprising, how she was selected as heroine. It is not known why MS Narayana is always being portrayed as drunkard. The characterization of Vadivukkarasi is also not up to the mark.
It is neither a love film, nor a youthful film. Navadeep despite having ability to perform failing in selecting good subjects. He also has to improve the body language further. Manisharma, who scored music for the film, failed to catch the pulse of the young audiences. None of the songs are foot tapping nor has a mass / youth appeal. In the absence of no notable hits from Sankranti releases, the film was supposed to attract crowds, but the old story, inadequate grip in screenplay made the film a mockery. No need to regret even if you don't watch the movie.
Cast : Navadeep, Ekta Khosla, Vadivukkarasi, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Brahmanandam, MS Narayana, Ali, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Satyam Rajesh, Suman Setty, Raghubabu, Lakshmipati, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Venumadhav, Narsing Yadav, Kavita, and others.
Dialogues - Ramesh Gopi
Camera - Jawahar Reddy
Editing - KV Krishna Reddy
Music - Manisharma
Action - Ram-Lakshman
Story, screenplay - Tollywood Talkie
Presents - Putta Sudarshan Reddy
Producer - 'Sindhurapuvvu' Krishna Reddy
Direction - Srinivas.
Banner : Tollywood Talkies
Released on : January 26, 2007
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