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A senior director like Ram Gopal Varma, who had directed a film Adavi with Nitin (Nithin) as hero, also proving to be a dud, the young hero, who once robbed the hearts of teenagers with his films like Jayam and Sye remained to be a hero with successive flops. In order to bring him back on the right track, director Paruchuri Murali, prepared a commercial formula film. At the same time, he tried to add giggle to the movie by roping in one of the most successful heroines of Telugu film industry, Ileana, who was enjoying the success of Jalsa with Pawan Kalyan and Kick with Ravi Teja. However, the old fashioned narration of the film, ungripping screenplay and stretched climax made the film once again boring and left Nitin high and dry.
Siva (Nitin) is a thief. He robs the Peter to pay Paul on the lines of Robinhood. He always robs the black money from rich persons and spends it for the education of orphans and for a good cause. He is claimed to be an intelligent criminal. Once the police crack a major cricket betting racket mafia and get vital information about Rs 500 crores through one of the gang members. However, the Home Minister (Ahuti Prasad) transfers the commissioner (Bhanuchander) and grabs the money. He conceals the money in the overhead water tank of his house. On information, Siva robs the money and escapes. However, he lands in a marriage party along with an old woman (Ramaprabha). While on their way to the venue, Siva had an accidental meet with Krishnaveni (Ileana) near a petrol pump. Soon, both fall in love with each other. Honesty, Siva decides to confess that he is a thief, but unfortunately everyone comes to know about it by the time he reaches the venue. Krishna leaves the place in a huff and decides to go to Dubai to stay with her friend, only to be kidnapped by the mafia gang. Later the Home Minister gets a call from the mafia don Shakur Ahmed demanding the release of four of his group members besides the Rs 500 crore cash. Following a suggestion by the Commissioner, the home minister agrees to send Siva to Dubai as who only could bring back Krishna safely. What all the problems faced by Siva in getting her released? How he meets Shakur Ahmed? How in what conditions Siva and Krishna travel in a desert to escape from the don? Did the love between Siva and Krishna become fruitful? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
PERFORMANCE: Nitin has tried to impress the mass audiences with his well toned body and action scenes. However, he still needs to improve his diction, dialogue modulation and body language. He should also avoid his stereotype dancing steps and try to improvise his dancing skills. However, the action scenes would attract the mass audiences. Ileana"s glamour is the only saving grace. She fills the glamour slot perfectly. She had maintained good comedy timing too in this film.
The director has failed to etch the villain"s character well and he has lacked the necessary weight to be a mafia don. Mere keeping some gunmen and dancing dolls around him can"t make one a mafia dons, but he should have the logic and shrewdness to attack his opponents. They are not available in this film"s villain. When it comes to comedy, all the comedians reaped a decent comedy. Sunil, Suman Shetty, MS Narayana, Venumadhav and Raghubabu have given a good comic relief.
TECHNICAL: Camera work by Surender Reddy is good in songs. He has perfectly captured the beauty of Dubai, and the desert near to it and others well with his camera. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is poor. A senior director like him should cut the stretched scenes in the desert and should have suggested to lessen the number of songs. Music by Manisharma is terrific. The 'eardrums" of the audiences would blast with the mass beats tuned by Manisharma. Moreover, the number of songs is more and the audiences feel bored for keeping one song after another with very less duration. The choreography of songs was pathetic. But for the stereotype dances, none of the songs had any worthy steps. Poor narration of the story, old-fashioned screenplay based on a commercial formula, unnecessary jeep chases in deserts make the film a mockery. The only positive aspect in his direction is that Kireeti made good use of all the comedians.
ANALYSIS: One should remember that a good subject, able handling of the story by the director, performance by the lead artistes and also the music would play a key role for the success of any movie. No doubt, the director tries to put as many commercial elements to make the film a commercial hit. The prolonged and stretched second half really tests the patience of the audiences. Especially, the number of songs and the massive mass beat also proved a hindrance to enjoy the songs on the screen. It could be an okay film for the frontbenchers, but it may not gel well with the city audiences.
Cast: Nithin, Ileana, Ahuti Prasad, Bhanuchander, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Venumadhav, Raghubabu, Sunil, Suman Setty, Ramaprabha, Hema and others.
Credits: Dialogues – Ramesh-Gopi, Cinematography – Surender Reddy, Editing – Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Lyrics – Bhaskarabhatla, Music – Manisharma, Action – Selva, Art – Babji, Presents – Smt & Sri G Sundararamaiah, Producer – GV Ramana, Story, screenplay and direction – Paruchuri Murali
Banner: Sri Spectra Media
Released on: September 25, 2009.