(Baladitya) is a teenager who roams around in the village
with his gang of friends (Rambabu, Pavan, Jagadish and
Phani). He is the son of a widower (Saranya) who serves
as a cook at Lord Rama's temple of that village. Seetamaha
Lakshmi (Suhasini) is daughter of a landlord Reddappa
(Ahuti Prasad). Reddappa is known as a very cruel guy.
and Suhasini pass their 10th class examinations. They
join a college in a near by town and everyday they have
to go to that town by a boat. Suhasini falls in love
with Chantigadu and Chantigaru also likes her. But the
temple priest in that village tells Chantigadu that
whoever marries Seetamahalakshmi, that person's mother
expires after marriage. Now Chantigadu decides that
his mother's life is more important than his love for
Chantigadu is trying to avoid Seetamahalakshmi, fate
decides otherwise. They are found in a lonely boat during
one night and father of Seetamahalakshmi comes to know
about it. The rest of the story is all about how the
teen couple get acceptance from parents.
The child artist who is popularly known to us as 'stamp
gadu' (Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam) made his debut
as full fledged hero through this film. He is very spontaneous
and extremely talented. He got good histrionic capabilities.
He also has a fluid body that has lots of flexibilities
for dances. Acting wise he is terrific. If he becomes
more glamorous and puts on little bit of weight, he
can make a place for himself in Tollywood.
Nellore girl Suhasini made her debut as an actress with
this film. She is good looking and sports bubbly attitude.
She looks great in half sarees. She tried her hand at
seducing audiences with her oomph in 'lovely' song.
Ahuti Prasad donned a full length villain role after
a long gap. He followed the Nagur Babu's voice modulation
in Kamal Hassan's 'Sati Leelavati' film. That added
freshness to the characterization of villain. Saranya
(the lady love of Kamal Hassan in Nayakudu film) did
well as mother of hero. Rajiv Kanakala is good as a
Psycho. Rambabu turned out to be a pretty good entertainer
with this film. He would be an actor to look out for
dialogue-based and appearance-based comedy in the mould
of Suman Setty. This film sports lots of fresh faces.
It's a typical story of love between rich and poor.
The entire story is set in the backdrop of a village
Sakhinetipally in Godavari district. Hence, you get
to see lots of greenery and water in the locations of
this film. The entire first half is dealt with tender
love that develops between the rich girl and poor boy.
Poor boy tries to stay away from rich girl when he comes
to know that his mother would be in danger if he gets
married to rich girl. When rich girl's father starts
searching his missing daughter along with poor boy,
he is faced with another enemy from with in. That is
his son-in-law who threatens to ruin his daughter and
finances. By the time, he sorts issues out with his
son-in-law, he forgets the original rivalry with poor
boy and accepts the alliance .
- direction: Jaya - a journalist and storywriter
- made her debut with 'Chantigadu'. For a debutant she
has done a commendable job. She injected lots of freshness
in the film by casting new faces, choosing new locations,
trying out new music tunes. Her direction orientation
is very sensible. Screenplay of the first half is very
good. She handled the comedy scenes well. She also added
divine angle to the love track of the film. She also
made sure that there is no vulgarity in 'Chantigadu'.
She is definitely a lady director to watch out!
Music by Vandemataram Srinivas is very refreshing. Introduction
song 'Kokkoroko' is very peppy. The best 'mood' song
of film is 'Chigurakula'. Okkasari Pilichavante is very
melodious. Love me song has Suhasini doing seduction
departments: Photography by Puri is excellent. He
has chosen very good locations. Dialogues by Marudhuri
Raja are different and fresh. Production values of the
film are decent.
First half of the film is entertaining. Second half
is OK. This film comes as a whiff of fresh air when
we find every Telugu film that is releasing in recent
times failing to appeal to the audiences. It's a good
effort by BA Raju as producer and a successful debut
by Jaya. Now its upto BA Raju - the media Moghul - to
promote the film heavily to reach the entire spectrum
of audiences and make it a good hit.