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Jeevi rating: 3/5
: Lacks edge and clarity
Banner: Karthikeya
Cast: Srikanth, Sonali Bendre, Prakash Raj, Ravi Teja, Kim Sharma, Sangeeta, Brahmaji, Uttej, Giri Babu, Raghu Babu and Ahuti Prasad
Lyrics: Sirivennela, Vijay Kumar, Suddala Ashok Teja and Shakti
Dialogues: Uttej
Additional Screenplay: Satyanand
Music: Devi Sriprasad
Photography: Bhoopati
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Krishna Vamsi
Producer: Sunkara Madhu Murali
Release date: 29th November


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The film opens with the Khadgam title track that shows the greatness and history of India. There are a few Ariel moving shots of Charminar. Koti (Ravi Teja) is a hero wannabe. He has only one goal in life. That is to become a hero and to be called as 'Babu' by the industry people. Amjad (Prakash Raj) is an auto driver. Though extremely religious Muslim, Amjad is very patriotic about India. His younger brother Azhar is been missing since one year. The cops of Hyderabad arrested a dreadful ISI terrorist Masood. In a bid to get him released, the Pakistan authorities train Azhar (brother of Amjad) and send him across to Hyderabad to create riots and build communal tension. Azhar comes to Hyderabad and stays with his brother Amjad. Azhar's secret activities include devising and executing plans to release Masood.

Radha Krishna (Srikanth) is a sincere and efficient police officer. But he is very serious in nature and has enormous hatred towards Pakistan for the reasons best known to him.

The rest of the story includes how these three protagonists save the terrorist Masood from fleeing to Pakistan. And of course there is a 15 minutes flashback for Radha Krishna that involves his ladylove Swathy (Sonali Bendre) getting killed by the ISI guys.


Srikanth: Srikanth played a full time serious role as an honest and powerful cop. There are good amount of stunts canned on him. He did a balanced action, as his character is a pretty serious one with less number of dialogues.

Prakash Raj: Prakash Raj has got more footage than any other character in this film. Though he sounded redundant at times, he did full justice to his role as a patriotic Muslim Indian.

Ravi Teja: This role of actor-wannabe is a tailor made one for Ravi Teja. He did extremely well in the scenes.

Raghu Babu: Raghu Babu (another son of actor Giri Babu) has been getting impact making roles now a days. In this film, he played the comic role of a typical PA (cum broker) in film industry. His getup and accent is extremely good.

Heroines: Sonali Bendre has a 15-minute role in this film and she is extremely sensuous in 'Nuvvu Nuvvu' song. Its sounds like she has dubbed her character in this film. She sounded decent. Sangeeta did a role of an innocent village belle who comes to Hyderabad in search of heroine chance in Telugu films. She realizes that it's not so easy and decides to sacrifice herself to a director in order to get heroine break (as per the suggestion of her mother). Kim Sharma played the role of cheerful girl. But there is no necessity for that role in this film.

Technical Departments

Story - Screenplay - direction: The basic storyline is about how three people from different walks of life and with different professions accidentally join in a mission to foil a terrorist activity. But Krishna Vamsi did lot of stuffing by inserting too many different threads. There are four heroes and four heroines. There is a love track for each couple. There is a comedy touch for the characters of Ravi Teja and Prakash Raj. In a bid to insert too many things in too little time, the director lost clarity. Screenplay of the film is loose. There is touch of Vamsi in few shots. But the grip on the pulse of audience is missing. His dig at the popular Telugu film heroes and 'Babu' culture in film industry is pretty good. The way he closed the character of Sangeeta is pretty realistic. But there is no relevance of Raviteja and Sangeeta characters to the main story line. Krishna Vamsi throws light on insecurity factor faced by Muslims in India and at the same time focused how some of Indian Muslims enjoy Pakistan winning over India in cricket matches. There is a verbal war between Prakash Raj and Srikanth over the greatness of Hinduism and Muslim religion in Indian context. But, people come to watch film for entertainment, but not for the heated verbal debates over burning issues. Krishna Vamsi also played anti-pakistani and anti-Muslim card like 'Gaddar' (Hindi film) to raise the emotions of the crowds. In order to put too many things in the film, Krishna Vamsi lost focus on straight narration and meandered over trivial issues.

Dialogues: Dialogues by Uttej are good in parts. The dialogues written for Ravi Teja that ridicules current hero system are hilarious. There is pretty good applause for two dialogues in the film that refers Pakistanis in unspeakable words (Pakistani *****kodukulu and Pakistani Madarchod).

Music: Songs by Devi Sri Prasad are good in the film. Picturization of 'Nuvvu Nuvvu' is very pleasant. All other songs also serve entertainment purpose. Rerecording of the film is good. Govinda Govinda song is hilarious.

Lyrics: Lyrics by Sirivennela are good. Especially the title track makes you sit and see what's happening on screen with reverence. Musugu Veyyoddu Manasu Meda song has typical Sirivennela kind of live-and-let-others-live philosophy. Nuvvu Nuvvu lyrics are very sensuous. Govinda Govinda lyrics by Shakti are good.

Photography: Photography for the film is decent. But I guess Bhoopati would have done a better job, if he were given more resources.

Analysis: First half of the film is decent. Second half is comparatively dull. When you watch a film and come out, you can say that you watched a film of a particular genre (like a love story, family cinema, youth film, comedy flick, mass masala etc). Though this film is made to represent the patriotic action film genre, Krishna Vamsi tried injecting all other five-genre elements. In that process, the patriotic aspect of the film did not get elevated. As a Telugu film, it's an average one. But for the standards of Krishna Vamsi it's a below average product.

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