Rao (Prakash Raj) is the owner of 'Good Luck Co-operative
Bank', which collected deposits worth hundreds of crores.
In the peak time, he announces that Bank is bankrupt
due to the financial mismanagement of the general manager
(Suman). Prakash Rao kills that general manager and
establishes it to the public as suicide. Then public
believes that the general manager is the cause for entire
(Jagapati Babu) - brother of general manager - who is
in Germany comes to know about this mishap. He returns
back and plots to take revenge on Prakash Rao in a stealth
format. The rest of the story is all about how he recovers
the entire amount from Prakash Rao to distribute it
to the depositors and how he makes Prakash Rao confess
about his misdeeds.
Babu slimmed a bit for this film. He looks dignified
with his spectacles and red tilakam. Heroine Neha
looks like a kid and the pair of Jagapati Babu and Neha
looks little odd (especially in romantic scenes). Both
of them did well with in their limitations. Suman
is apt as honest man. Prakahs
Raj is cool, but he is hyperactive in comedy
scenes that projects the foolishness. Siva
Reddy, Ali, Brahmanandam and MS
Narayana are used as comedy gang to generate
humor. MS Narayana's yaksha prasna 'Evaru Nuvvu'
evokes laughter at beginning and that character vanishes
without any trace in the second half. Debutant soft
villain Bharat is a replica
of his brother Ravi Teja in voice, mannerisms and expressions.
Sradda Nigam is ok as vamp.
Jeeva is first rate with
his comedy. Raja Sridhar
is OK in the guest role.
The basic storyline of the film is a revenge plot with
a social responsibility. We do find these kinds of storylines
from popular novelists like Yandamuri, Malladi (Rakshasa
Samharam) and Suryadevara Rammohan Rao in late 80's.
There are quite a few intelligent moves by lead character
to eliminate hurdles from baddies.
- direction: The forte of SV Krishna Reddy is comedy
and family drama. He should better stick to what he
is better at than trying his hand at things which he
can't handle. That is directing action films. In the
past too, he could not succeed delivering action films
like Top Hero and Vajram. After a gap of almost a decade,
he tried another action film in the form of 'Athade
Oka Sainyam'. Instead of making it an out and out action
film, he tried to do it a strategy film where hero uses
more of his brain than brawn. SV Krishna Reddy succeeded
in evoking laughter in comedy scenes, but failed in
narrating action story. He could not narrate the love
track between lead pair interestingly in the flashback.
Here are a few loopholes in the film's narration
Jagapati Babu hires three people to help him out in
his undercover operation. These three members are
a mimicry artist (Siva Reddy), a magician (Ali) and
a computer wizard (Srinivasa Reddy). One fails to
understand why hero employed Ali, because his magic
skills were never used in the film.
2. Prakash Raj is shown as a ruthless killer in the
flashback episode. Later on, he is portrayed as a
soft villain who dances to the tunes of hero's stealth
3. Why did Prakash Raj put the money-loaded tires
in his bedroom in stead of an unsuspecting place like
4. The funniest part is that the computer wizard Srinivasa
Reddy uses a MS word document and hacks the Swiss
account of villain and transfer the entire money to
his Indian account. All this using a word document
on which 'accepted', 'rejected' etc are typed in huge
5. In the entire second half, Prakash Raj offers no
resistance to the plans hatched by hero. He meekly
surrenders to hero's ploys.
departments: Dialogues by Diwakar Babu are good
in patches. Music by SV Krishna Reddy is soft and melodious.
The rapid background music given to enhance heroism
sounds too heavy for eardrums. 'Naa Paata Theta Telugu
Paata' is quite good. Choreography by Suchitra Chandrabose
is impressive. Lyrics by Chandra Bose are amusing. But
the saddest part is that all the songs in first half
are stuffed in 20 minute episode of the film. Its like
one song, two scenes and another song! The fast-cut
editing used in vital scenes of the film harms the mood
of film than elevating the tempo.
The film starts on an impressive note. The way how the
protagonist arrives at Hyderabad is shown similar to
that JD's entrance in Mumbai during the titles of Varma's
flick 'Satya'. The initial reels of the film are interesting,
till the story reaches flashback point. The flashback
of the film is uninteresting, especially the love track
between the lead pair. The entire second half is narrated
in a lighter vein style. If you look in parts, the second
half looks cool. But if you look at holistic perspective,
the entertainment-oriented narration makes a big dent
on the script and seriousness of hero's mission. The
title of the film is 'Athade Oka Sainyam' (one man army).
But, what is the use of army to fight any enemy that
has neither ammunition nor brains? We have to wait and
see if SV Krishna Reddy's AOS withstand the competition
from three Sankranthi biggies!