Sekhar (Tarun) is a successful business manager in Hyderabad
who is an alumnus of IIM. He meets Amar Varma (Siva
Balaji) at a party. Amar Varma is an NRI from Germany
who owns Varma industries out there. While driving back
to his home, Sekhar accidentally speeds his vehicle
into pedestrian Amar Varma. Amar Varma dies in the accident.
friend Sunil (Sunil) manages everything and makes sure
that the police could not trace Sekhar and Sunil. It's
6 months since the accident happened and Sekhar could
not come out of the guilty feeling. He joins Sunil and
gets in touch with the family of Amar Varma. He realizes
that the entire family of Amar depended on him for survival.
And Varma Industries is bankrupt. Priya (Shriya), love
and fiancée of Amar Varma, takes over the company
and tries her hard to salvage, but in vain. Sekhar decides
that he should give back all the comforts and love to
the family, which he has taken away from them by killing
rest of the film is all about how Sekhar solves all
the problems of Amar's family and eventually wins over
the heart of Amar's lover Priya as well.
Tarun did extremely well in the character of Sekhar
who repents and amends for the mistake he has done unknowingly.
His performance when he cries at the corpse of Amar
in the beginning of the film is the best histrionic
he has done so far. Tarun played the role of playful
naughty guy in his films so far. But he looks very matured
in 'Ela Cheppanu'.
This film would remain as a feature in the performance
cap of Shriya. She is beautiful even when she weeps.
And most of the times she end up in weeping. Most of
the girls find so much of pleasure in weeping and the
heroine character in this film is no exception.
Siva Balaji is perfect in the role of tender hearted
Amar Varma who sounds too good to believe. Abhiram did
not suit the role. Sunil is extremely hilarious in his
comedy character. Best of the comedy dialogues in this
film are reserved for him. Brahmanandam seems to getting
better roles when he visits abroad (Bavagaru Bagunnara,
Vamsi, Manmadhudu etc). Kovai Sarala did another typical
role. However, she had some serious dialogues to utter
when movie approaches the climax. Child Artist Zeeba
is good. Vijaya Chandar, Tanikella Bharani and Showkar
Janaki are apt.
Story: The story of the film is inspired by Hindi
flick 'Tum Bin'. The basic storyline is about how a
guy - who accidentally kills another guy - tries to
amend his fault by becoming a member of the deceased
guy's family and serve them. A few films in Telugu have
come in the past with similar point (like Samarasimha
Reddy and Bhalevadivi Basu where Bala Krishna try to
serve the family of the man who was either directly/indirectly
killed because of him). In this story, heroine gets
close to three guys at three points of time shows the
frivolous attitude and feeling of insecurity that is
faced by most of the working women.
- direction: Ramana - who directed films like peruleni
cinema and Subhavela - is an underrated director. With
this film he comes out of the shadows to prove himself
as an able director. His screenplay is good. He should
be getting good offers after this film.
Music of the film is very good. All the songs are melodious
and soothing. A couple of songs serve as lifeline to
this film. One song is 'ee kshanam oke oka korika' that
used as the love line between Shirya and Siva Balaji.
'manchu taakina ee vanam' comes repeated in this film
whenever Shriya is seen suffering. However, most of
the songs have typical Bollywood style of tunes and
instrumentation attached to it. The rerecording of the
film is also impressive. Koti has done excellent job.
The credit of audio success should go to Sirivennela
for giving soulful lyrics.
Dialogues: Varma - who worked for Ram Gopal Varma's
Premakatha in the past - has done pretty good job as
dialogue writer. There is a good amount of comedy in
the dialogues. There are sensible dialogues that gel
well with the mood of the film. There a bit of Trivikram
style in the dialogues.
Cinematography: Photography by Hari Anumolu is
cool. He showcased the beauties of germany and Austria
Sravanthi Ravi Kishore should be commended for his guts
in taking up this subject. He did not go after combinations
with hottest heroes and in-the-form directors. He believed
in his script. Heroine falling in love with the guy
who killed her boyfriend/fiancée is an anti-sentiment.
But he took up that point and made a very neat film
without bowing to the commercial considerations.
half of the film is good. Second half is little slow.
The climax of the film is dragged by three hops, because
all the characters need to be given a logical finishing.
Strengths of the film are comedy, dialogues, music and
photography. Weakness in the film is basic setup chosen
(foreign backdrop and corporate ambiance), excess of
sentiment (you can see Shriya weeping and Tarun's repentance
most of the time) and lack of mass elements for the
B and C center audiences. This is a movie meant for
family crowds and ladies would enjoy the film thoroughly.
You can watch this movie at your leisure.
After you watched the film, if somebody happens to ask
you the feedback, you always have a witty answer in
store. All you have to reply back is 'Ela Cheppanu?'