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Seetaramula Kalyanam (Lankalo)- Review

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Nithin made his debut with Jayam directed by Teja and it was a big hit. After that film he had a blockbuster under the direction of Rajamouli for Sye. Unfortunately, after this film he had no notable hits to his credit. Even he fumbled when he joined hands with creative director Krishnavamsi for Sri Anjaneyam. After lots of failures, he came up again before the audiences with Seetaramula Kalyanam (Lankalo). The title was quite interesting and raised many hopes in him that it would be a hit. Moreover, he had a glamorous and chirpy heroine like Hansika paired opposite him. The film had a very good opening in Hyderabad as he is the lone hero from the Telangana region and the T agitation found many supporters for this hero.

Chandu (Nithin) is a dare devil youth and is a fearless boy. Once he comes across a beautiful girl Nandu (Hansika), daughter of a dreaded factionalist Peddi Reddy (Suman). Soon he loses his heart. He starts teasing her and wants to prove that he is sincerely loving Nandu. He tells Nandu that he could do anything for her. Then the latter tells him that he should not follow her until she calls him. In order to grab her attention, he sends his father (Chandramohan) and mother (Pragati) to express his love and let her know that they too encourage him instead of trying to divert his attention from love. Later Nandu realises that she too is truly loving him. At this juncture, Jayaprakash Reddy (Jayaprakash Reddy) goes to Peddi Reddy for an alliance for his brother"s son Veera Pratap Reddy (Saleem Panda). Peddi Reddy refuses to marry Nandu with Veera Pratap Reddy. This flares up the factionalism between the two. At a time when Nandu wants to express her love to Chandu, she is taken away by her father to their village.

The climax deals as to how the two meet and how the success of their love turns up.

Nithin once again proved as a macho man with good muscle power in action scenes. However, most of the action scenes were highly cinematic as he delivers punches on villains beyond anybody"s imagination. He worked hard during dance sequences to attract the youth and mass audiences. However, he still needs to improve his dialogue modulation. Hansika filled the glamour slot and shook her legs with Nithin perfectly. However, she had very little scope for performance. She maintained good comedy timing. Saleem Panda gave his best as a factionalist and flexed his muscles well in action scenes. Once again Brahmanandam gave good entertainment to the audiences with his comedy. Ali, Subba Raju, Duvvasi Mohan did justice to their respective roles. MS Narayana gave a variety comedy in this film. Chandramohan, Pragati, Surekhavani and others did justice to their respective roles. It is not known why the director chose an artiste like Suman as he failed to elevate the character in proper manner. He was subdued like anything.

Story by Vikramraj and Mukund Pande is average. It is a routine and almost stale subject. The most notable point here is that the writers tried to prove that factionalists are nothing but a bunch of jokers and will not use their brain. When an unknown person joins the group, the factionalists will generally look into many angles but in this film, they just accept the hero and his friend. Dialogues by Thota Prasad are average and lacked punch. Of course, they are good at few places. The script in total is very weak. But for the screenplay, the film would be a little boring. The director planned the film well and placed songs and action scenes whenever the film is going out of route and turned boring. Music by Anoop Rubens is average and the background score is very casual and failed to elevate any of the scene. Camera by M Joshi is good especially in action scenes. Of all the songs, 'Kiss Me" proved to be a little interesting. The choreographer Ganesh gave some novel steps in this film. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao tried to make the film a little interesting with his editing skills. Director Eswar should keep in mind that such routine stuff will not go well with present generation audiences as they are well aware of many departments in film-making these days. They look for some novelty instead of routine commercial masala. Production values of Malla Vijaya Prasad is good.

Till the interval bang, the film has nothing new to offer but for the love track that runs between the hero and heroine. The director"s attitude in showing father and son sharing liquor, mother encouraging his bad habits saying that it is not new in the present generation youth is in bad taste. However, the romance and comedy remained the saving grace. The second half was full of action scenes and an attempt to evoke laughter with the help of Subbaraju, Brahmanandam, Ali and others. Hansika"s glamour and the comedy by the trio are the only plus points and made the film at least watchable for some time. The film is nothing but a commercial formula film and remains an average film at box office.

Cast: Nithin, Hansika, Saleem Panda, Brahmanandam, Ali, Jayaprakash Reddy, Suman, Subbaraju, MS Narayana, Venumadhav, Satyam Rajesh, Suman, Chandramohan, Jeeva, Duvvasi Mohan, Venu, Narsing Yadav, Pragati, Surekha Vani and others

Credits: Story – Vikramraj and Mukund Pande, Dialogues – Thota Prasad and Vikramraj, Lyrics – Bhuvanachandra, Sai Sriharsha and Anant Sriram, Art – DY Satyanarayana, Choreography – Ganesh, Cinematography – M Joshi, Editing – Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Music – Anoop Rubens, Action – Ram-Lakshman, Producer – Malla Vijaya Prasad, Screenplay and direction – Eswar

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