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Director Agastyan became popular with his film Premalekha. Akash, though played hero in several films, has failed to make a mark among the Telugu audiences, except in Anandam, which was released long ago. This time, Agastyan in a bid to give a break to Akash has come up with a film called Prema Bandham. The storyline of the film is wafer thin. The director wanted to prove that the emotional attachment is greater than anything in the world. A man could earn crores of rupees, but earning the love of people is greater than anything in the world. Though the storyline is good, he director has failed to elaborate it while developing the storyline. Moreover, the film remained in the labs for almost one full year and some how saw the light on March 1.
Ramakrishna @ RK (Akash) is a big business magnet. His mother (Aishwarya) brings him up and sends him to London for studies. After returning from London, he starts various business and almost earns Rs 200 crore. For him, business and his mother are the two things in mind. While he is abroad, he gets a call from India that his mother slipped on the staircase and suffered head injury. Immediately, he rushes back to India. But, she can not talk to him. RK thinks that his voice would bring her out of coma. As expected, she comes out of coma and dies soon after. RK reads her diaries and finds that his father stays in a village and decides to fulfill her wish to meet him, not as millionaire RK but as an ordinary and common man. So, he goes to the village claiming that he is an orphan. He stays in the house of a commoner, who is friendly. He meets Pournami (Sridevika) in the village and tries to do some work but he could not do anything. Later, he joins Ramanaidu's (Vijayakumar) house as a worker. Pournami loses her heart to Ramakrishna. Ramanaidu asks Ramakrishna to stay in a tiled house. While cleaning the house, Ramakrishna finds her mother's photo there and learns that Ramanaidu is his father. However, the latter pleads with Ramakrishna not to reveal the truth immediately to anyone and he would announce it at an appropriate time. Ramanaidu assigns some property in the name of Ramakrishna and arranges a function to reveal the truth, but dies of heart attack. As Ramakrishna and Pournami are moving together, her maternal uncle complains to village elders, who order Ramakrishna to go out of the village. But Ramanaidu's wife reaches the village panchayat and reveals the truth that Ramakrishna is the son of Ramanaidu. As Ramakrishna wants to marry Pournami, her maternal uncle, who sets her eyes on her, challenges him for a fight. Ramakrishna defeats him in the fight and marries Pournami. During the wedding, Ramakrishna reveals that he was a millionaire, but the emotional attachment he gained in the village is greater than the currency he earned.
PLUS: Akash has performed well both as an industrialist and multi-millionaire and also as a rural youth. Sridevika of Rajababu-fame and Vani of Ee Abbayi Chaala Manchodu-fame has filled the glamour slot and they have nothing much to perform. However, Sridevika has got a little better opportunity than Vani to perform. Other artists including Vijaykumar and the artist, who played the villain, besides Saranya and Aishwarya have done justice to their respective roles. Music by Deva is just average.
MINUS: Though the producers claims that the film is a bilingual film and is being produced simultaneously, it is not the case. In fact, Prema Bandham is the dubbed version of the original Tamil flick. Almost all the artists are from Tamil language and the film scented Tamil in total. All the songs, their tunes, the choreography, the background score, the costumes of the hero, heroines – everything proved that it is a complete Tamil film. The audiences could easily identify the lip movement in songs that it is a complete dubbed version.
REMARKS: Akash, if really wanted to prove his calibre and get a break, should do a straight Telugu film under an able director's guidance. Mere dubbed versions will not help him to earn a good name in Telugu. Agastyan should also realise that the Telugu audiences are not just after every film that hits the screen. They too have specific taste and can distinguish a straight film and a dubbed version.
Cast: Akash, Sridevika, Vani, Vijaykumar, Saranya, Aiswarya and others
Credits: Dialogues – Sairam, Action – Jaguar Tangan, Music – Deva, Presents – KPJ Suresh and Bonda Srinivasa Rao, Producer – NJ Satish, Story, screenplay and direction – Agastyan.
Banner: Jai Balaji Movie Makers
Released on: March 1, 2008.