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Jeevi Rating: 3/5 (Three)
Sri Sai Balaji Arts
Cast: Srihari, Sindhu, Rupa, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Vijaychander, MS Narayana, Babumohan, Mallikarjuna Rao, AVS, Prasadbabu, Narra Venkateswara Rao, Vijay [Fight master], Raja Ravindra, Sobhan, Gajar Khan, Hariprasad, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Gouthamraju, Tenali Sakuntala, Nisha, Sana, Vimalasri, Rajasri, Baby Chetana
Cinematography: Jasvant
Music: Vandemataram
Dialogues: Posani Krishna Murali
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Lyrics: Veturi Sundara Rama Murthy, Chandra Bose and Suddala Ashok Teja
Art: Venkateswara Rao
Fights: Vijay
Story, Screenplay and direction: N Shankar
Producers: Katragadda Lokesh Dutt

Theatrical Release Date: 6th December 2001



Parasuram (Vijay Chandar) is a coach of Japanese martial art 'TAEKWONDO' in Hyderabad. His high-headed student Suraj (Gazar Khan) becomes a cause of heartache for Parasuram. Maha Lakshmi (Sindhu) is the daughter of Parasuram. She decides to sell off the 5 acres she owned in her village to fund the heart surgery for her father.

Maha Lakshmi meets Badrachalam (Srihari), an innocent yet very athletic guy, in that village. She invites him to come to Hyderabad and get trained in TAEKWONDO from her father. Badrachalam was thrown out of his house by the jealous sisters-in-law. Badrachalam, in a state of despair, travels to Hyderabad to meet Maha Lakshmi and learn the martial arts from her father.

Two crooks Achi Babu (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and Buchi Babu (Mallikharjuna Rao) dupe him. They use his muscular power to collect 'protection-money' from the businessmen. Badrachalam realizes that these two guys for doing bad things use him. In the process Badrachalam becomes the victim of the local goon Vijay (Vijay). Vijay stabs Badrachalam.

Maha Lakshmi notices Badrachalam in a hospital. Parasuram uses the money meant for his heart surgery to save Badrachalam from death. The rest of the film is about how Badrachalam becomes the world champion of TAEKWONDO against all odds.


Srihari: Srihari has done extraordinary work as the student of Taekwondo in this film. This film showcases the muscle power and brawn. He acted very well. But he should consider modulating his voice in different tones for different emotions. He uses the same monotonous modulation for all the scenes, which becomes very redundant.

Sindhu: She did well in this film. But she is too unglamorous to be a heroine. She looks like a typical Tamil import with her dark looks.

Roopa: She added some glamour for this film. She is only good for songs. She is pathetic in acting.

Vijay Chandar: Vijay Chandar donned a typical Sean Connery kind of character. His getup and dialogue delivery are very good.

Technical Departments:

Screenplay - Direction: N Shankar has directed the films like Encounter, Jayam manadera and Sriramulayya in the past. N Shankar's main asset lies in showing the innocence of village characters. And how the innocent people realize their prowess and become powerful crusaders. The way he canned the village beauty in the first half of the film is good. But the screenplay is not tight.

Music: Music is the main asset of film. The songs 'Mana Vooru Godavari' and 'Okate Jananam Okate Maranam' are excellent. Vandemataram sung these two songs. Even the background score in which Vandemataram infuses his magical voice sounds very inspirational.

Photography: There is richness in the photography of the film. Jaswant has done a commendable job.

Dialogues: Dialogues are good. But Posani Krishna Murali could have made the dialogues crisper. Comedy punch in the dialogues written for comedy scenes is missing.

Fights: Fight work for this film is another highlight. Srihari seems to have done lot of hard work in enacting those fight sequences.

Production: Katragadda Lokesh, a debutant producer, must be applauded for making a rich film for Sri Hari. This film is the best film of Srihari so far in the aspects of content and richness. The promotion and quality of the film is of high standards.

Analysis: The first half of the film is good. Second half is little boring at parts. But the director has maintained the over all grip. If you compare the earlier films of Sri Hari then this film is excellent. If you look at the film in the contemporary aspect at a broader scale, it's an average film. The commercial ingredients dominate the logic in this film. An average movie goer can enjoy the Badrachalam if you can ignore some logical points. Badrachalam is a must-see for Srihari fans.

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