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Seema Sastry - Reveiw

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    Wednesday, October 21, 2007

    Several Telugu films came out with faction backdrop. All of them have powerful dialogues, heavy blasts, bloodshed and big heroes. Almost all the Telugu top stars showed interested in doing film with faction backdrop and films like 'Indra' (Chiranjeevi), 'Aadi' (NTR), Chennakesava Reddy and Narasimha Naidu (Balakrishna), Jayam Manade (Venkatesh) were proved blockbusters. However, none of the small and upcoming heroes dared to touch the subject. Director Nageswara Reddy, who is known for bringing good comedy flicks, prepared a love story with faction backdrop and attempted to show factionism in a comical way. He chose a comedy character's name 'Seema Sastry' created in 'Chennakesava Reddy' as the title of the film. However, he forgot that a factionist will never drop his hunting sickle for the sake of sentiment and love. He tried to overcome the logic but miserably failed.

    Subrahmanya Sastry (Naresh) is the son of a temple priest Srirama Sastry (LB Sriram). Being a Brahmin, he continues the legacy of his father and is used to perform pujas and marriages. He meets a girl called Surekha Reddy (Farjana) accidentally and loses his heart. He proposes her and the latter warns him that it would be very dangerous as she has come from a big factionalist family and her father is Peddi Reddy (Jayaprakash Reddy). To give her a birthday gift, Subrahmanya Sastry mortgages the silver Satagopam of the temple and gives her a ring, through her cousin. Surekha comes to the temple to return the ring and learns that he resorted to a grave crime for the sake of love and agrees to his love. Surekha changes her behaviour, attitude, eating habits and learns all the habitual rituals done by Brahmin girls. Somehow, she could convince Srirama Sastry. In order to convince Peddi Reddy, the entire family, including Subrahmanya Sastry's parents, his uncle (MS Narayana), aunt (Rajitha), brother-in-law (Ali) and his fiancee (Geeta Singh) and her father (AVS) go to Kurnool in the attires of factionalists. Peddi Reddy convinced with their attitude and behaviour, agrees to the marriage. However, his rival Lakshma Reddy (Vijayaranga Raju) leaks the matter and Peddi Reddy turns serious and bashes all the family members including Subrahmanya Sastry. Unable to lose his love, Subrahmanya Sastry again go back to Kurnool. Even as Peddi Reddy looks for another alliance, the entire Brahmin community becomes one to unite the lovers couple. But Lakshma Reddy again attack Peddi Reddy to prove his supremacy in the faction-ridden village, but Subrahmanya Sastry rescues Peddi Reddy and also appeals to forget factionalism and gives life to Lakshma Reddy in the hands of Peddi Reddy. Peace prevails and the Subrahmanya Sastry, Surekha unite in the climax.

    PLUS: The entire film will give the audiences a complete entertainment. All the scenes individually make the audiences laugh heartily. Especially the first half is run with love in the backdrop, while the second half, the director tried to portray factionalism in a comical way. Naresh played his role with good ease. He improved a lot in dance performance. Farjana also appeared gorgeous in modern dresses and also in traditional dresses. Though she has not much scope to perform, she showed good ease in dances. All the other artistes also did justice to their respective roles. Especially Jayaprakash Reddy once again excelled in a factionalist role.

    MINUS: None of the scene has any logic and the entire script appeared disjointed. Several scenes in the film have no proper links and the screenplay is so poor. How can a big factionalist doesn't know the other faction leaders in the district? How a poor priest could appear in such a different way? Music by Vandemataram Srinivas is not at all appealing and it was completely mediocre in re-recording. Dialogues by Marudhuri Raja also no at all impressive. An artist could play any role but portraying the role of a Brahmin is a little difficult as one had to check their diction and the dialogue delivery should be taken care of.

    REMARKS: If you want to watch the move without looking for any logic or an interesting film and only with a view to pass time for around two hours 15 minutes, you can watch the film. However, you will feel bored during the songs as their choreography was also not impressive, though Farjana feast your eyes with her glamour and Naresh tried his best to dance to the tunes well. The super-hit song of Chiranjeevi in 'Kondaveeti Raja' — 'Manchamesi… Duppatesi…' which was remixed for the film evoked good response from the audiences. Another duet choreographed in a beach came out well. Cinematography is also average. Production values of the film.

    Cast: 'Allari' Naresh, Farjana, Jayaprakash Reddy, LB Sriram, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venumadhav, Krishna Bhagawan, AVS, Raghubabu, Uttej, Gundu Sudarshan, Kovai Sarala, Geeta Singh, Bhuvaneswari, Shobharani and others.

    Credits: Dialogues – Marudhuri Raja, Screenplay – Vegnesa Satish and Nivas, Cinematography – Arunkumar, Editing – Rajagopala Reddy, Action – Ram-Lakshman, Music – Vandemataram Srinivas, Co-producers – Krishna Reddy and Mutyala Anjaneyulu, Presents – V Jagadish and Vishnu, Producer – Chavali Anjaneyulu, Story and direction – G Nageswara Reddy

    Banner: Sri Hanuman Movie Makers

    Released on: November 16, 2007.

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