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A Aa E Ee (Athadu, Aame, Inthalo Eeme) - Review

By: Sub-title:Old wine in new bottle
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The Telugu audiences have seen many films with one hero and two heroines in many triangular love stories and also the hero facing problems with two women and other such gullible subjects. Right from the days of Sobhanbabu and till the days of Srikanth, there is no change in subjects and many directors have made films with such subjects and with different narrations. Now Srinivas Reddy, who is known for making films with comedy backdrop, has also chosen one such subject for a film with Srikanth. Though the subject is old, the director has tried to narrate it with a mixture of comedy, action and sentiment aspects. However, the old kind of narration has failed to impress the audiences of present generation.

Chandram (Srikanth) is an honest man and a devoted husband to Kalyani (Meera). His life takes a turn when he discovers that Pregnant Kalyani is suffering from a rare disease and he has to get Rs. 8 lakh for treatment. While gathering the amount, he is compeled to act as husband to Ramya (Sada), who is thought dead. However, Ramya comes back alive and now Chandram is caught between both women. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.

PERFORMANCE: Srikanth is used to such roles and he has played such characters earlier in many films in his career. It is almost a cakewalk for him. Srikanth, being a seasoned artiste, shows perfect emotions, histrionics and body language in every frame, whether it is related to sentiment, love, romance or action.

Meera Jasmine has appeared homely and proved a perfect fit to a housewife"s role. She has done complete justice to her role. Sada filled the glamour slot in this film and appears in a romantic manner in the song sequences. Sakuntala, who has played the role of Srikanth"s granny fills the family sentiment slot perfectly. She reminds the audiences of Nirmalamma of yesteryears.

One more notable performer is Krishna Bhagawan. He got a full length role in this film as the hero"s buddy and he has got a lot of scope to perform, besides filling the comedy slot. The separate comedy track that is run on Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala tests the patience of audiences. Especially, the loud voice of Kovai Sarala is dreadful. Other artistes including Venkat, Tanikella Bharani, Kavita and others did justice to their respective roles.

TECHNICAL: The camera work in the film is good and the cinematographer is able to capture the beauty of foreign locales and also the locations within the country perfectly. Especially, the songs are shot well. MM Srilekha, who has a bad name that she always copies tunes and rehash them for her songs, has given melodious tunes to most of the songs.

However, the choreography has taken a backseat. Especially, the first song picturised on Srikanth and Meera Jasmine, with mass beat appeared absurd as a homely girl dancing to a mass beat. However, a similar mass beat song shot on Sada and Srikant appears good. Kausha flashs in an item number and sizzles on the screen in a sexy way.

Story by G Nageswara Rao is old fashioned and the dialogues also lacked any punch. Editing by Gauthamraju is also average and he ignored to trim many scenes which are boring. When it comes to direction, the director"s hands are tied as he could not move out from a certain set of circumstances. Though he penned the screenplay to suit the smooth movement of the story, it turns out to be old fashioned. As a result, the film remained old wine in new bottle. Though he is an expert in handling comedy subjects, he has failed to include the action part in a perfect manner. Especially, the character of Venkat is not moulded well. It comes abruptly and ends abruptly.

REMARKS: The commercial success of the film is doubtful in the absence of mass elements and the poor storyline. Though the film and the title may attract the family audiences, the poor storyline may prove a drawback. Those who plan to go to a theatre for entertainment may not opt for this kind of film as they were already got vexed with such stories in their regular and routine life and may not prefer to watch such films. Any average audiences, who watch the movie, could easily understand, why the film failed to see the light though it has completed the shooting and post-production formalities long ago.

Cast: Srikant, Meera Jasmine, Sada, Venkat, Krishna Bhagawan, Tanikella Bharani, Raghubabu, Brahmanandam, Ali, Sunil, MS Narayana, Surya, Giribabu, Uttej, Pruthvi, Vizag Prasad, Tirupati Prakash, Kausha, Telangana Sakuntala, Kovai Sarala, Kavita, Ramyasri and others

Credits: Story and dialogues – Gollapati Nageswara Rao, Lyrics – Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar, Music – MM Srilekha, Editing – Gauthamraju, Executive producer – A Sekhar, Presents – Master B Abhishek, Producer – Boddam Ashok Yadav, Screenplay and direction – Srinivasa Reddy.

Banner: Sri Kalpana Arts

Released on: November 6, 2009

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