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Jeevi rating: 3.5 (Three and half)
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Cast: NTR, Keerthi Chawla, Rajan P Dev, Ali, LB Sriram, Chalapati Rao, M.S. Narayana, Ahuti Prasad, Raghu Babu, Rajeev Kanakala, Venumadhav, Sangeetha and Bangalore Padma
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Music: Mani Sharma
Photography: Ram Prasad
Stunts: Vikram Dharma
Story - Screenplay - Direction: VV Vinayak
Producer: P Naga Lakshmi

Theatrical Release Date: 28th March 2002



The story is set in the backdrop of Rayalaseema. The film opens with Veera Reddy (Ahuti Prasad) returning from USA after a long gap with his wife and 8-year-old kid Aadi Kesava Reddy. Veera Reddy's deceased father is a well-known factionist in that area and owns a land of 4000 acres. While leaving to states Aadi Sesha Reddy keeps the responsibility of managing land to Siva Reddy (Rajan P Dev). Veera Reddy realizes that Siva Reddy is misusing the responsibility given to him. He wants to donate all his land to the 2000 families staying in that village. Upon coming to know about this, Siva Reddy attacks Veera Reddy and kills him and his wife. Veeranna (Chalapati Rao), a trusted lieutenant of Veera Reddy, takes the kid Aadi Kesava Reddy and escapes to Hyderabad city. All the trusted people of Veera Reddy were put in jail for a life sentence for 14 years.

Then the titles of the film are flashed after which it says the caption '12 years later'. We see the grown up Aadi (NTR) studying in a college. He falls in love with Nandu (Keerthi Chawla) and vice versa. Veeranna raises Aadi in Hyderabad. Aadi is a fun-loving, yet hot-blooded guy and is cynosure of all eyes. Later on it is revealed that Nandu is the daughter of Siva Reddy.

After the studies are completed Nandu is back in her hometown at her father's place. After a hiatus of 14 years, Aadi enters the Rayalaseema along with the just-released lieutenants and Veeranna to take revenge on Siva Reddy and get back all the land so that he can distribute it to the poor families. The rest of the film deals with how Aadi achieves his objective.


NTR: You are bound to see a new NTR in this film. He trimmed his body a bit and did an extraordinary work as an artist. He carried the entire film on his shoulders. He did all the scenes with the consummate ease. Be it action sequences, romantic teasing scenes or dances! NTR turned out to be an extremely talented actor in comedy scenes. He is too good in those scenes. You can even see him cracking a joke on his shape in this film.

Keerthy Chawla: She is very decent looking and glamorous. She suited the character well and is bound to win the hearts of audience with her action. But she looked little awkward and out of place when she wore ultramodern dresses and danced in the 4th song.

Other actors: Raja P Dev does justice to his role by giving a balanced performance. Chalapati underplayed his role very well as the God Father of NTR. LB Sriram gives a nice performance as the principle of the college with Amitab Bachachan (of old films) get-up. MS Narayana renders another good performance as an assistant to villain in the second half with his 'assam' comedy episode.

Technical Departments:

Screenplay - Direction: For a starter VV Vinayak has done an excellent job as the director. The story of the film is an age-old revenge saga where son comes back to take revenge on the killer (who happens to be an assistant to his father) of his father after a gap of 14 years. But, it's Vinayak imaginative direction and tight screenplay that keeps you glued to your seats. This film is a pucca mass film. But the director made sure that the comedy is rightly blended in the film without losing the balance and seriousness. Vinayak has a bright future ahead for him in the years to come.

Dialogues: Paruchuri brothers gave perfect dialogues for this film. There are rib-tickling college humor dialogues and powerful emotional dialogues.

Thrills: Vikram Dharma composed very good fights. They are all improvised ones to make us believe that they are real.

Music: Background score for this film is very good. Songs are good too. But when you compare these songs with those of NTR earlier films, you will get disappointed. The best song of the lot is the only melodious song in the film 'Toli Pilupe'.

Analysis: The first half of the film is stuffed with college humor and romance. The second half is focused on how NTR teaches a lesson to Rajan. Both the halves are equally entertaining. But the climax of the film is weakened with unnecessary extended fights. The story is a routine and predictable one. But it's purely the imagination of the director that saved viewers from getting disoriented. The ending scene in which the villain's wife and son help the hero in burying villain alive is little too cinematic and unimaginable. The movie would have been a better film if they took care of those sensibilities in the climax. Over all, it's a good film to be watched by one and all.

Trade talk: Aadi has got a 10 week to 100 days talk after the morning show. According to RP Road, this film is bound to become a hit. The magnitude of success would depend on how the other major films, which are releasing in the next couple of months would fare.

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