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Keratam movie review

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Several stories on youth and love subjects have come on the screen this year, but only a few have won the hearts of the audience. Siddharth Rajkumar, nephew of Krishnamraju, has made his debut as hero through Keratam. Incidentally, the movie is also launchpad of Heroines Aishwarya and Rakul Preet Singh and director Gautham Patnaik, brother of RP Patnaik. As a result, these novices have tried to cook a new dish but has failed to deliver a mouth-watering recipe.

Siddhu (Siddharth Rajkumar) has four friends and all of them study together in a school. There are three girls, who join their gang. Siddhu's father (Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao) is an honest government employee. All these friends complete their plus two and join the college. As they grew up, Siddhu develops love towards Gita. Once a senior student called Robo teases Gita and Siddhu challenges him and wins over him in bike race. Later, Robo tries to molest another girl in the lab, but Siddhu and his friends bash him. Accidentally, Robo picks a live cable and suffers electric shock. Then, the police start searching for the boys. Siddhu and his gang takes shelter with their principal, who pleads with the police not to book a case against him as it would spoil their career. In the police station, the friends confess that Siddhu is in love with Gita and that is the reason why they tried to bash Robo. Later, all the friends warn Siddhu to forget his love and concentrate on career, but Siddhu ignores it. They desert him and Gita too listens to her parents and decides to concentrate on studies and turns a doctor. At this juncture, Siddhu"s father retires and agrees to shed the money as bribe to get a government job to Siddhu. However, Siddhu fails to turn up to the interview and loses the job. What happens next should be seen on-screen.

None of the artistes could deliver a good performance as most of them are novices. In fact, one has to blame the director of the film for failing to extract the talents from the artistes. The director has also failed to give good characterisation to any of the artistes. The entire film is very confusing and the audiences had to grope in dark to understand, what the director wants to explain. Though looking pretty, Aishwarya and Rakul Preet Singh have not got any chance to perform.

It is better to talk as less about the technical values in the film. Cinematography by A Venkatesh is good in parts and the draw back in the cinematography is the inconsistency in lighting. Editing by Suresh Urs is also not up to the mark as the joining of scenes are abrupt. Music by Joshua Sridhar is totally poor and the re-recording has also failed to elevate any of the scenes. The director of the film Gautham Patnaik should first learn the basic of preparing the script and screenplay. He must make his mind clear and visualise certain scenes before taking the shot. The storyline taken by the director is excellent. He wants to explain, how youths are spoiling their career in the name of love, which is common among the teenagers. But when it comes to the presentation of the script on the celluloid, he has made several mistakes. He could neither highlight the story nor the hero through his characterisation.

When you go to a beach, you sit on the banks and enjoy the tidal waves of the sea from the shore. If you go near the sea, the waves will drench you with salty water. Don"t waste your money and time by going to the theatre.

Cast: Siddharth RajKumar, Aishwarya, Rakul Preet Singh, Bheemaneni Srinivasa Rao, Pradeep, Alok, Yatitaj, Amit, Robo Ganesh, Suman, Venumadhav, Srinath, Suman, Kavita, Yamuna and others
Credits: Choreography – Noble, Imran, Nixon, Cinematography – A Venkatesh, Editing – Suresh Urs, Music – Joshua Sridhar, Producer – SV Babu, Screenplay, dialogues, direction – Gautham Patnaik
Banner: SV Productions
Released on: August 26, 2011

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