Eeswar (Prabhas) is a motherless child and brat living in
Dhoolpet, a slum area in Old City. Eeswar's father (Siva Krishna)
manufactures Gudumba (arrack) with the help of neighborhood
people. Eeswar falls in love at first sight when he sees a
college going beauty Indu (Sridevi). In the meantime, Eeswar's
father marries Sujatha (Revathi), who has been waiting for
him for the past 20 years so that she can be a good mother
to Eeswar. Eeswar hates his stepmother thinking that his father
married her to enjoy worldly pleasures.
Indu's father turns out to be a local MLA (Ashok Kumar) who
hates poor. Local MLA sends goons to Eeswar to finish him
off. What follows next forms the second half of the film.
Telugu film industry discovers a talented good-looking mass
hero in Prabhas with this film. Prabhas looks pretty natural
and manly. He has natural flair for acting. But he imitated
Amir Khan for some mannerisms and body language in a few lighter
vein scenes. He efficiently adapted some of the mannerisms
of Manoj Bajpai (biting his twisted tongue out while making
his eyes smaller) and Vivek Oberoi (making his eyes bigger
to give an intense ruffian look). He is well built and can
dance at ease. His Telangana diction in the movie is not impressive
The 3rd daughter of yesteryears actress Manjula is just OK.
She is not very impressive.
Revathi is roped in to play a sacrificial role of stepmother
to the hero. She enters the film 10 minutes before the interval.
She did a good job but that role does not need an actress
of Revathi's caliber.
The role of C Kalyan as cop is a comedy oriented one. The
way he ran while chasing the hero's gang reminded me of Tom
and Jerry cartoons. Producer K Ashok Kumar donned a typical
villain role in this film.
The basic storyline of this film is a very routine one where
a rich girl falls in love with a poor boy and the father of
rich girl tries to eliminate the poor boy. A family angle
of stepmother is added for some sentiment flavor.
- Direction: Jayant is known for his style of taking and
sensible lighter vein comedy. He applied that comedy in few
scenes in the first half and in the climax. But his style
of taking is amiss in this film. By looking at the way the
second half is conceptualized, one might get a feeling that
Jayant tried to imitate the taking and style of Teja (for
Jayam and Nuvvu Nenu). Screenplay of the film is loose in
first half, but is tight in climax.
Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are OK. But there are no punch
or powerful dialogues. There is one clichéd dialogue
for the villain which goes like - 'Naa rangu. Nalupu. Kaani
naaku eppudu Gelupu'.
Two Teen-maar (Ameer
Olammo) songs of this film are good. The best melody of
the film - Gundello
Vaalana - is not placed at the right situation. Except
for two songs, all others are duets. The background music
of the film is decent.
Sirivennela beautifully penned the words of euphemism and
all-is-one concept in 'Ameer
The cinematography by Jawahar Reddy is impressive. The way
he moved the camera to accentuate the heart beat in a few
scenes and moving camera aimlessly in action scenes in good.
But the lighting scheme in abroad-shot songs is not consistent.
First half of the film is pretty slow and is just average.
The narration of second half reminds us of Teja's taking in
Jayam and Nuvvu Nenu. The scenes where hero and heroine fall
in love with each other are not convincingly told. There is
good response for the mass scenes in second half. The movie's
fate would depend on how masses receive and appreciate the
second half. Over all, it's an average flick and worth watching
for all curious people to see how Prabhas fared
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