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Released (7th January 2000) - Annayya
(Three on a scale of five)
Soundarya, Venkat, Ravi Teja, Sishwa, Chandini, Bhupendar and
Chota K Naidu
Choreography: Laurance, Brinda and Tara
Music: Mani Sharma
Story: Bhupati Raja
Screenplay & Direction: Muthyala Subbaiah
Producer: Dr Venkateswara Rao
starts with Rajaram(Chiranjeevi) doing a fight with the labor
exploiter (Bhupendar). As they fight their muscles out, the
damsel of the town Devi, a garment manufacturer, falls in
love with Rajaram at first sight. After a preliminary fight
and sensuous introduction between the lead pair we come to
know that Rajaram is a owner of 40 lorries and is the person
who came up in life with pure hardwork and the unmatched professionalism.
Devi's love towards him grows after knowing the background
As Devi is experiencing the feeling being in love with a manly
guy for the first time, our Rajaram has a twin to talk with
and share his feeling. That guy is the whacky Atmaram(Chiranjeevi).
As and when Rajaram needs some tips in love, our Atmaram appears
from nowhere to help him out. Then the first song of the film,
'Himaseemallo Hello' follows. Canned in the picturesque locales
of Newzealand, this song has got few sensible slow steps.
After the song is over, Rajaram's home is shown. That is a
closely knitted family consisting of three brothers (Rajaram,
Krishna and Gopi) and an elderly babai (Kota Sreenivasa
Rao). Rajaram's parents expired at an early stage. Hence Rajaram
brought up his brothers with uttermost care and unending love.
Being the pampered kids, its natural that the younger brothers
turn out to be wayward. They start teasing the sisters(Sishwa
and Chandini) of Devi. After a few petty quarrels, they realize
that they are in love with each other.
Rajaram and Devi had taken vow (individually) to not get married
till their siblings marriage is over. After knowing that his
brothers are in love with the sisters of Devi, Rajaram visits
Devi's place to talk to
her about his plans for brothers marriage. Thinking that Rajaram
came to express his love to her, Devi treats Rajaram in a
special way. But when she realizes that Rajaram's intention
is to marry the Devi's sisters off to his brothers, her mood
takes an U turn. She tells Rajaram boldly that she is unwilling
let her sisters marry drunkards. Rajaram tries to convince
Devi, in vein. Rajaram tells Devi that his brothers will marry
her sisters anyway!
Babai gives Rajaram a realistic picture about the notorious
reputation Rajaram's younger brothers are carrying in the
town. And makes him realize that he should try out something
to change the attitude of his brothers. Rajaram takes his
brothers to a temple on his birthday and makes them vow that
they would never touch the liquor again.
Rajaram makes his brothers work in his lorry office and makes
them won the laurels of Devi. After a thorough testing and
inspection, Devi decides to make the arrangements for the
wedding of her siblings with that of Rajaram. Its anybody's
guess that this scene is followed a family song(bavalu ....).
When the engagement ceremony is about to take off, the brothers
of Rajaram falls prey to the sentimental luring of their friends
and imbibe the liquor. When they attended the ceremony in
a state of inebriation, the hell breaks loose that is followed
by Devi walking out in a huff with her sisters and Rajaram
beating his brothers with a leather belt. Rajaram throws his
brothers out of his house.
The pampered little kids finds it hard to survive on their
own. Slowly they start a small garage to repair cars. A car
manufacturer spots these buds and employs them as modeling
engineers in his car manufacturing unit. Rajaram comes to
know about the progress his brothers are making and feels
very happy about it.
When Rajaram meets the car manufacturer to offer his wishes,
he comes to know that car manufacturer needs a couple of crores
to produce the car designed by the brothers of Rajaram. Rajaram
sells off all his property and lends car manufacturer money
without taking any surety(is something fishy?)
There after the raise of brothers of Rajaram is meteoric and
fall of Rajaram is pathetic. At the end, this story takes
some expected twists to end well. You have to watch it for
yourself to find out the climax.
Chiranjeevi: No introduction is needed to tell how good
Chiru is at emoting. He went for a Giant kill. Comedy, Fights,
Sentimental Scenes and Dances .. you got them all done by Chiru
with enterprising energy. Comedy in the first half is excellent.
The character of atmaram gives viewers a cause to celebrate.
Soundarya: She did her role as a responsible elder sister
well. At the same time she is at her glamour best when it comes
to hip shaking with Chiru in the songs.
Venkat & Raviteja: Their role have nothing to offer.
They did their bit with total commitment. Venkat is slightly
on a backfoot as for as the dialogue delivery is concerned.
Raviteja fitted the bill best.
Bhupendar: Looks like the director preferred Bhupendar
to add the much needed fights to the film. The introductory
fight is simply superb.
Kota: Its a pleasure to watch Kota in full flow. He is
not seen in many movies off late.
Story: The week point of the film is story. There is
no story in the first half and the story is second half is very
Direction: Muthyala Subbaiah's mark of sentiment is missing.
He seems to have got carried away by projecting the charisma
of Chiranjeevi and there by concentrating less on sensible narration
of story. There is no heavy sentiment in this film.
Dialogues: Dialogues are good. But there are some double
entendre dialogues by Chiru in the first half, which makes the
viewer feel uncomfortable.
Music: Music of the film is the biggest plus point. All
the six songs are very catchy.
Songs: Choreography for this film is extraordinary. The
Sogasullo ') is pictured in the luster locales of Newzeland.
Second song, Sayyare
Sayya, is a unique gift to all Chiru fans. This song has
a backdrop of tankbund. Third song of the film, Vana
Vana Vallappa, is a rain song that is canned in a huge set.
Fourth song is the family song, 'bavalu',
is pictured in Sanjeevayya park. Fifth song, the trump card
of the film, 'Aaata
Kavala' with Chiru and sensuous Simmi is taken in a dhaba
set. The final song, 'gusa
gusale', is another treat to watch and is pictured in Newzealand.
Production: Dr. Venkateswara Rao has taken all precautions
to show the quality of the film.
film has got two main characters ..... Rajaram and Devi. Both
characters love each other. Both have a similar background and
a similar responsibility. This story works out well if the sanctity
of these two characters is maintained. Whenever Rajaram confronts
Devi in the first half of the film, he would be supporting his
brothers. That's too in a childish way (may be the director
want to show that Rajaram Character is good at Comedy). In that
process the characterization of 'Rajaram' has taken a beating.
There by the stature of 'Devi' character was elevated. One cant
afford to see a noble guy like 'Rajaram' uttering suggestive
words to Devi.
First half of the film is enterprising though there is no story
and the narration is random. Second half of the film do not
have much to offer. You can feel the director's grip on the
story in the last 20 minutes. That's the reason why there was
more applause for the last song 'Gusagusale' from the viewers
compared to the biggies 'Sayyare Sayya' and 'Aaata Kavaala'.
Touted as the full-length mass character for Chiru after 'Gharana
Mogudu and 'Muta mestri', 'Rajaram' character has all the shades
of a mass hero. But the comedy touch that is given to his role
in first half might lessen the impact of Rajaram Role. One can't
expect the 'Rajaram' role to have 'double meaning' dialogues.
Looks like Chiranjeevi tried to show his towering mass persona
through the Rajaram character. There is a surprise in store
for the viewers as Chiru has a double role in the film. One
is 'Rajaram' and another is a funky 'Atmaram'.
Our suggestion to Chiru is not to accept roles like 'Rajaram'
anymore. This film may become a superhit. But this sort of trend
will seduce him into the same vicious circle he was drawn after
'Gharana Mogudu'. Ironically, there is a dialogue by Atmaram
that he (read Megastar Chiranjeevi) has become BIG because of
the mass appeal. But without a good storyline one cannot expect
the film to become a winner unless it has got some extraordinary
narration and ultimate screenplay. We have to wait and see how
the masses respond to this full length mass film.
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