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Siddhartha had no notable hits in the recent past and he hardly does two films a year. The only blockbuster he had in his career is Bommarillu, while his films Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Koncham Ishtam Koncham Kashtam run above average and has flops like Aata and Oye. Now, he has strived hard to break the jinx by taking up a film with village backdrop. However, the debutant director Rambabu has punctured his dreams.

Sitaramudu (Rajendra Prasad) is fond of acting. He used travel different places to satisfy his urge to act in dramas. Once, he visits a village to stage a drama and a girl (Sindhu Tolani), sister of a landlord, falls in love with him. Accepting her wish, Sitaramudu meets her brother and tells that he will marry her. But, her brother says no. Immediately after that he ties the nuptial knot. But that girl wants to stay in the village as she feels that her brother would invite them back into the family.

Sitaramudu and his wife blessed with a boy called Veerababu. He is just an average boy and falls in love with Varalakshmi (Pranitha), daughter of his own maternal uncle. However, both Veerababu and Varalakshmi doesn"t know that they both are close relatives. Once, Varalakshmi"s father settle her marriage with Ramana (Samrat). Varalakshmi pleads Veerababu to do something and the couple he ties the nuptial knot.

Then, Sitramudu reveals the flashback saying that they both are close relatives and their marriage is valid. But he tells Veerababu to marry her only in presence of all her family members. So, Veerababu tries to convince Varalakshmi"s father. However, Ramana"s father reveals the identity of Veerababu and gets him thrashed black and blue. When Sitaramudu tries to convince Varalakshmi"s father, they thrash him as well. Unable to bear humiliation Sitaramudu dies. Will he get back his wife?What kind of steps he took in this regard? Did Ramana allow him to take Varalakshmi? Did Varalakshmi"s father realized his folly? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.

Siddharth"s performance is impressive in the film. The character with village backdrop suited him very well. His combination scenes with Rajendra Prasad are worth watching. Pranitha has done her best to give a decent performance. She looked good at parts. Rajendra Prasad is a show-stealer in the movie. Being a seasoned artiste, he has given a matured performance all through the film. His performance in the second half remains highlight. Other artistes including Ahuti Prasad, Viswanath Kasi and others have done justice to their roles. A parody to Varudu film was used as comedy. Brahmanandam and Ali has made a vain bid to entertain the audiences with sickening comedy.

Veera Pothana's dialogues are good. He has used made colloquial language with nativity and maintained good depth while scripting words. The writer mixed sentiment and entertainment perfectly to suit different occasions for this village love story. Cinematography by Aravind Krishna is okay. He has perfectly captured the beauty of the village with his camera. Camera work especially during songs and cycle race in the climax is good. KV Krishna Reddy should have sharpened his scissors further to trim several scenes in the film. However, there are many boring scenes in the second half and also before the interval. If such scenes were shortened further, the film would have been more impressive. For music director like Chakri, scoring tunes for a film with village backdrop is nothing. But for this time, he has given a few fresh tune. Director Rambabu has tried to given a novel movement to already known and well-played on the screen subject. None of the characters has a good foundation. Characters like Tanikella Bharani and Samrat just come and go. As far as screenplay, The director still needs some maturity in narration. Let us hope he would do something better in his next film.

When a director wanted to make a film, he should keep a point in mind. He must have complete grip on the subject and script. Especially, when the story and screenplay are also being handled by the same person, who is directing the film, he should keep in mind that he had to do justice to every scene. Bad Luck, Siddhartha kept high hopes on the film and all his hopes and dreams have been shattered.

Cast: Siddharth, Pranitha, Rajendra Prasad, Samrat, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Ali, Raghu Babu, Ahuti Prasad, Bharat, Narsing Yadav, Viswanath Kasi, Sindhu Tolani, Rajitha, Surekha Vani and others.

Credits: Cinematography – Aravind Krishna, Editing – KV Krishna Reddy, Dialogues – Chintapalli Ramana, Music – Chakri, Lyrics – Ananta Sriram, Bhaskarabhatla, Kandikonda, Ramajogaiah Sastry, Presents – Sandeep Ramineni, Producer – ML Padmakumar Choudary, Story screenplay and direction – Rambabu.

Banner: Sri Keerthi Combines

Released on: October 29, 2010

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