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Filmmaking was once a passion and there are great producers like Dr D Ramanaidu, who made it to the Guinness Book of Records. But these days, people are earning money by going abroad and are investing in filmmaking, besides trying to pump in their black money. So, that passion turned out to be a fashion. The so called NRI boys and girls, who wished to turn heroes and heroines, have started investing more money from their pockets. These kind of people are not only wasting the money but also the valuable time of the audiences.

Story :
Chakri (Akshay) is a college topper and he had three friends and one among them is a girl called Manisha (Tashu Kaushik). Manisha loves Chakri, but Chakri says he has no such feelings on her and she is just a friend. His friends Ranjeet, Manoj and Manisha got a job in a call centre immediately after their graduation, Chakri doesn"t want to look for short-time gains but aims at a long-time gain.

His father (Chandramohan), who was a chartered accountant, also encourages him to do civil. For Chakri, love is something that has to flash and the girl should strike like a thunderbolt. Even as Chakri is preparing for civil exam, he comes across Rithika (Ritika Sood), who is an NRI. He loses his heart at first sight and falls in love with her madly. Learning that Manisha and Rithika are friends, Chakri asks Manisha to help him in his love. Though, Manisha loves him very much, she agrees to help Chakri and helps him to get closer to Rithika. Both Chakri and Rithika start moving closer to each other. Once, some miscreant tries to tease Manisha with morphed photos and Chakri helps her by teaching a lesson to that miscreant. Likewise, when an MLA"s son tries to blackmail one of his friends Ranjit, Chakri traces his number and threatens him with dire consequences and save Ranjit from the blackmailing.

Learning that Chakri has only an infatuation towards her, Rithika makes it very clear to him. As Chakri neglects his studies and getting attracted towards a girl by falling in love, his father gets a stroke. In order to save his father and prove that he would be an achiever, Chakri gives away his cell and agrees to stay away from his friends, love and everything. Three years elapse, and the friends don"t know where Chakri was. What happens in this time gap should be on-screen.

Akshay has failed to perform all the aspects. Neither, he is good at dances, nor in action scenes, leave alone body language and histrionics. His dialogue modulation is mediocre and has no idea as to how to act in a film. Ritika Sood is seducing. However, she has a good sexual appeal but not suitable for a heroine"s role. Tashu Kaushik is the only person, who has all the sexy oomph and excellent physique. At the same time, she has good acting capability and given good performance. Brahmanandam in the role of Bhikshapati, owner of a call centre, is okay but the director has failed to make use of him. MS Narayana, Kallu Chidambaram, Chandrmohan, Purnima and others have done justice to their respective roles.

As far as the technical team is concerned, camerawork by Murali is just okay but not that great to talk about. Music by Sandeep is also average. None of the songs are foot-tapping and the background score is also just okay. The story penned by the director Prasad Rayala is really impressive, but he has miserably failed in its narration. The hero is a college topper and he got distracted by love. When the director tries to say that the hero has a wish to become an IAS/IPS officer, the hero doesn"t appear in that mindset at any frame. It is not known why the director chose the title of the film as a Graduate, as it has nothing to do with the subject at all.

Better avoid watching such movies by wasting money and time. It has nothing to offer to the society, though the director and producer compliment themselves that they made a film that had a good message.

Cast: Akshay, Tashu Kaushik, Ritika Sood, Ranjeet, Manoj, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, Kallu Chidambaram, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Purnima and others.
Credits: Camera – Murali, Music – Sandeep K, Choreography – Ammar Bandaru, Action – Prakash, Art – Krishna, Producer – Attaluri Shivaji, Story, screenplay, direction – Prasad Rayala
Banner: Script Technologies Pvt Ltd
Released on: January 7, 2011

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