Bellamkonda Suresh, who made many blockbusters with top stars like Balakrishna happened to watch Nadodigal, a Tamil film, and was impressed with the subject. The film needs at least three heroes and contacted Ravi Teja who also liked it. Both of them had decided to go for a remake of the film and they asked the director of the original film Samudra Khani. They also chose to rope in music director Sundar C Babu of the original again for this film. The film had lots of emotions, entertainment, action and friendship in its backdrop. Once again it was proved that any film would be a hit, if it has a good subject and a director who could deal with the story with a gripping screenplay.
Karunakar (Ravi Teja), Chandu (Siva Balaji) and Malli (Allari Naresh) are good friends. Of them Chandu is a little more educated and wants to establish a computer institute. His father is an ex-serviceman and is very friendly with him. Karunakar, who completes his graduation with history is trying his best to secure a government job. The reason behind this is that his maternal uncle (Tanikella Bharani) wanted to give his daughter Manemma (Priyamani) to a government employee. Malli is the son of a handloom weaver (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who had plans to leave for abroad to earn money. His father is a hen-pecked husband as he opts a second marriage after the death of Malli"s mother. Chandu is in love with Karunakar"s sister. All the three friends had lots of faith on love and is ready to do anything for friendship and love. All of them belonging to Rajahmundry.
In this backdrop, Karuna"s friend, who is the son of an MP (Roja) reaches their place from Hyderabad and makes an attempt to commit suicide. After he was saved, the friends come to know that he made suicide bid as the elders were against to their love. He fell in love with a girl from Kurnool. Despite knowing fully well that their lives are in risk in the faction-ridden Kurnool, the three friends take the boy with them to Kurnool and get him married with the girl. In the process Chandu loses his leg, while Malli turns deaf due to an attack by the factionists. Following a complaint by the MP that they kidnapped her son, the three are arrested. Meanwhile, the factionists in order to take revenge kill the grandmother (Radhakumari) of Karunakar. Learning that Karunakar was arrested, his uncle refuses to marry Manemma with Karunakar and looks for another alliance. Karunakar silently walks away from Manemma"s life. At this juncture, the friends trio comes to know from another friend (Rao Ramesh) who gave shelter to the lovers couple that they both got separated in no time. The friends go to both the boy"s house and the girl"s house for a patch up but to no avail. Then they kidnap both the boy and girl and tell them that they were dead as they lost faith in love and they ditched the love. True friends will unite lovers and help their friend to win in their love. They continue their journey with the same theme even afterwards.
Ravi Teja gave a brilliant performance all through the film. Being the lead actor among other heroes, Ravi Teja has a little more lengthy character when compared with other two heroes. Ravi Teja too played very well and showed his power in action scenes as well as scenes which has the shades of sentiment, romance and friendship. Next comes Allari Naresh. In fact, Naresh dominated in performance among the other heroes. He gave an extraordinary and brilliant performance. Nandi awards will not be given to the artistes for remake films. If they break this rule, Naresh would definitely get another Nandi award for best supporting actor on the lines of Gamyam. He performed above the audiences expectations. Siva Balaji also gave an equal bright performance but he has very little scope on the screen. Priyamani once again proved that there is a good artiste in her. Her character was chirpy and chivalrous in the first half, while she played an altogether different character in the second half in a complete deglamorous role. Other artistes including Roja, Mukesh Rushi, Tanikella Bharani, Ahuti Prasad did justice to their characters. Comedy by Krishna Bhagawan and Sunil tickled the funny bone of the audiences.
Cinematographer Muthaiah should be commended for capturing the chases perfectly with his camera. Not only the chases, the action scenes and the sentiment scenes were also shot perfectly. Especially the tragedy song that was shot on Priyamani and Ravi Teja showed his perfection in handling the camera. Music by Sundar C Babu is okay with a couple of tunes which are catchy. However, he excelled in re-recording. Dialogues by Surya are adequate and the dialogues penned for Rao Ramesh character made the audiences to rethink even after returning from the theatre. Director Samuthira Khani had a perfect grip on the story, and penned a tight screenplay and directed the film with perfection. The entire film totally depended on the screenplay and the director showed good ability in handling the scenes.
Though Samudra Khani directed a Telugu film with Prithvi as hero, he failed to capture the attention of the audiences. However, the Tamil original Nadodigal, which became a blockbuster and caught the attention of several others. Top Bollywood director like Ramgopal Varma asked for the remake rights of the film, which shows how best the Tamil original is. Even Bellamkonda Suresh reportedly paid a fancy rate for the remake rights. But the producer must be feeling that he had not wasted the money as it has all kinds of elements that could attract all classes of audiences like family as well as mass audiences.
Cast: Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh, Siva Balaji, Sunil, Priyamani, Roja, Krishna Bhagawan, Mukhesh Rushi, Chandramohan, Raja Ravindra, Ahuti Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Jeeva, Sudha, Kinnera, Abhinaya, Suryatej, Praveen, Chitralekha, Radhakumari and others
Credits: Cinematography – G Muthaiah, Action – Ram-Lakshman, Dialogues – Surya, Lyrics – Chandrabose, Bhaskarabhatla, Chinni Charan, Music – Sundar C. Babu, Choreograhy – Gireesh, Art – Raju, Presents – Bellamkonda Padmavati, Producer – Bellamkonda Suresh, Story, screenplay and direction – P. Samuthirakhani.
Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions