(Mahesh Babu) and Meenakshi (Keerthi Reddy) are twins.
Arjun and Meenakshi complete their graduation. Meenakshi
and Uday(Raja) who study in the same class fall in love
and they do not express it when they leave the college.
Raja's marriage gets fixed by his Madhurai based parents
Bala Nayagar (Prakash Raj) and Andal (Saritha). Raja
sends an invitation card along with a letter expressing
his love to Meenakshi and she expresses her feelings
to Arjun. He goes to Madhurai along with his parents
and gets Uday and Meenakshi married to each other. Bala
and Andal are cold-blooded murderers and they are not
happy with this. Arjun foils all the attempts by Bala
and Andal to get rid of Meenakshi from the life of Raja.
The rest of the story of the film is about how he exposes
the evil nature of the in-laws.
Babu: Mahesh Babu is extraordinary as the caring
brother. He is very stylish and charming, yet looks
down-to-earth with boy-next-door demeanor. Mahesh is
extremely good in emotional scenes involving sister.
Mahesh Babu characterization is done in such a way that
though there are enough mass elements in the film, the
class presentation of Mahesh is intact.
Shriya has got very less footage as her character has
nothing to do with the main thread of the film. She
wore a deep-neck for the teasing song 'Raa Raa'. Keerti
Reddy impresses everybody with her histrionics. She
has the typical sympathy factor of being sufferer going
Raja is adequate for the role of Keerti's husband. Suresh
played these kinds of roles in the past. Saritha and
Prakash Raj did the roles of cold-blooded murderers
in the guise of respectable people. Murali Mohan and
the other actress who acted as the mother of Mahesh
are adequate and they go missing in the second half.
Kalabhavan Mani did the routine role of a contract killer
who is after Mahesh. Nassar and Rajan P Dev have pretty
short roles. Veerendra Chauhan is impressive as the
Story of the film is a typical sister sentiment film.
These kinds of stories have come aplenty in the past.
Mahesh Babu always had a flair for selecting roles that
expose new dimension to him with each new film. An action
orientation is added to make this story take different
- direction: Taking and technique of Guna Sekhar
is excellent. The framing of shots is superb. Screenplay
by Guna Sekhar is a bit on the slack side as he took
too much of time to establish the simple story and characterizations.
Taking of the film is stylish. Direction of the film
is adequate, but action orientation dominated sentimental
scenes at times. The narration of the film is pretty
Background score by Mani Sharma is terrific. Songs are
better on the screen compared to listening on the audio
player. My personal favorite is 'Sambhavami' that has
excellent stylish presentation in video album style.
The next best song is 'Dumdumare' song that is shot
in Madhura Meenakshi temple set with the night effect.
The next choice is the teasing song 'Raa Raa'. 'Madhura
Meenakshi' song is also good. The remaining two duets
between Mahesh and Shriya could not make much impact,
as they do not have proper lead scenes.
Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are apt and situational.
They did not try to deliberately insert punch dialogues.
There is one particular dialogue in the film that justifies
the acts of Mahesh Babu in the entire second half -
ni kapadataaniki Meenakshi amma vundi.
Naa meenakshi (sister) ni kapadukovataniki nenunnanu'
departments: Photography by Sekhar Vincent is excellent.
The visual effects are seamlessly integrated into the
film without making them look artificial. However, the
graphics work appears not so impressive in the climax
scene where logs from lorry were slipped on to the road.
Artwork by Thota Tharani deserves a special mention.
He recreated the magic of Madhura Meenakshi temple with
such a realistic finesse. But Madhura Meenakshi temple
is not used to the maximum effect in the film. Editing
by Srikar Prasad is good. Stunts by Vijayan are good,
but too much of threadwork made the fights appear superficial
and there by overshadowed the sentiment factor in certain
vital scenes. Color grading of the film is impressive.
Producer G Ramesh Babu should be commended for making
a film on such a grandeur style without bothering about
economics and viability. Each and every frame of the
film oozes richness and majesty.
The movie starts with a terrific frame of Mahesh narrating
his story. First half of the film is fair. There is
no bang/twist for the interval. The graph goes down
in second half. Action sequences dominated the sentiment
feel in the climax of the film, which made the climax
unimpressive. The film closes with Mahesh revealing
his name as Arjun. (In the entire film nobody calls
him Arjun). The strengths of the film are Mahesh Babu's
performance, Guna Sekhar's taking and Ramesh Babu's
lavish production values. This film suffers with lack
of having a powerful villain who can withstand the mighty
heroism of Mahesh Babu. There is no much comedy in the
film except for exams episode. The movie's duration
is more than 3 hours, which is very lengthy. But people
who go to watch this film with the expectations of another
Okkadu will be disappointed. This film has both sentimental
feel and action orientation. The fate of the film would
depend on how family crowds (especially ladies) and
masses receive sentiment and action scenes respectively.
Arjun set 1
Arjun set 2
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Intlo Srimati Veedhilo Kumari