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      Jhummandi Naadam – Movie Review

      By Ramchander

      Director Raghavendra Rao is known for highlighting the heroines in a most romantic and sexiest way. He has given Tapsee a fantastic opportunity, as most of the heroines crave to work with him, because a film in his direction would be a turning point in actresses career. Many heroines got a break with his films. This belief was once again proved correct as the heroine bagged three offers opposite heroes like Prabhas, Ravi Teja and Vishnu even before the release of her film. Let us see how he mesmerised the audiences with his directorial ability. Moreover, Keeravani music for the movie Jhummandi Naadam has become a chartbuster.

      Balu (Manoj) aspires to become a big singer and he reachs Hyderabad from Bhadrachalam. His parents (Tanikella Bharani and Sudha) keep high hopes on him. Sravya (Tapsee) is the daughter of a millionaire in the US and she reaches India to do a research on the traditional Telugu music, which includes the folk songs and rural songs. She stays with Captain Rao, a friend of her father (Suman). Sravya and Balu become good friends during her preparation of a documentary and soon love blossoms between them.

      However, Captain Rao, who is against love, decides to separate them, When he got an opportunity to take part in the contest, Rao turns a hurdle in Balu"s career. Rao gives an option to choose between love and music and Balu chooses music as he lives and ready to die for music. So, Balu refuses Sravya, when she proposes him. However, he doesn"t want to lose Sravya as well and wanted to make it a reality through Rao himself. Did Balu succeeds in completing his challenge to become a big singer and return to the village? What happened to Balu"s love? How Balu convinces Rao to accept his love? What was the reaction of Sravya"s father on their love? Answers to all these questions have to be watched on the silver screen.

      The theme of the film is to highlight the traditional, folk and rural music as the heroine visits India for the purpose. In order to fulfil this element, the director might have asked the music director to tune songs to suit the subject. So, the music director tuned one song each in different theme, like a lullaby, a marriage song, a tribal song and a patriotic song, besides one song highlighting the value of music. Music is the highlight of the film and the audio was a big hit even before the release of the film.

      The film lovers keep high expectations on the songs and the heroine. True to this, he has chosen a new face, Tapsee as heroine. Though she is not gorgeous, she has a sex appeal and the director portrayed her in a most romantic way by highlighting her waist and belly button. Instead of using flowers and oranges, this time, the director chose pumpkins and coconuts in one of the songs and as was expected the director hit the heroine"s belly button with a mango. As far as performance, Manoj has improved a lot in expressions and in dialogue modulation. The way he imitated his father is good to watch. Dialogues are good in parts and had many double entendres. All the artistes have done justice to their roles, while Brahmanandam, MS Narayana, Ali tried their best to provide entertainment. Raghubabu was wasted and it is not known why the director kept that scene.

      The storyline chosen for the film is okay, but the narration was lopsided. The director, who had a whole lot of experience in moulding the film, went in his own and traditional style and failed to capture the pulse of the present generation audiences. He has failed to establish the love thread between the hero and heroine properly. The movement of the story is very slow and old fashioned. The present generation audiences expect fast beat songs and action scenes, but the film lacked them. Those who are interested to watch slow and old movies would like the film. But for those who want something fast beat may not like this film. The film is a typical Raghavendra Rao"s mark commercial and musical entertainer. But the old fashioned direction played the spoilsport.

      The music is good and melodious, camera work by S Gopal Reddy is praiseworthy, editing by Marthand K Venkatesh should have been a little more sharp. Art department and costumes department have done justice to their work. Dialogues are also good in parts. The first half is passable but the beginning of the second half creates boredom to the audiences for about half an hour. Though it picked up momentum, it fell flat in the climax. But for the poor climax, the film is just okay to watch. If you are interested in watching a routine commercial entertainer, the film is okay. It is not an off-beat film, but very casual and routine. The success of the film depends on the spread of mouth publicity. Watch the film for songs.

      Cast: Manchu Manojkumar, Tapsee, Mohanbabu, Suman, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, MS Narayana, Ahuti Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali, AVS, Raghubabu, Anant, Aishwarya, Sudha, Pragathi, Sailaja and others
      Credits: Story – Bhupati Raja, Screenplay – B.V.S. Ravi, Dialogues – Sasi Rajasimha, Cinematography – S Gopal Reddy, Editing – Marthand K Venkatesh, Music – MM Keevarani, Art – Raghu Kulkarni, Producer – Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, Direction – K Raghavendra Rao.
      Banner: Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures
      Released on: July 1, 2010

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