(Navadeep) - a student from Rajahmundry's College -
falls in love with Anu (Ankita) from Vizag's College
at first sight. He wants to get closer to her and win
over her heart by participating in a cultural festival
at Vizag's college. He finally succeeds in his attempts.
There is another guy Amit (Sandeep Sai Krishna) who
also loves Anu. A situation is created in which Venu
has to win over Amit in a hockey game to prove his credentials.
The rest of the story is all about how he wins the game.
Navdeep is a casual (no
dramatization) actor hence he is apt for the role of
a guy with a casual attitude. He does well in this film.
Ankita is Ok for the role
that offers little scope of histrionics. Ankita looks
little elder to tender-looking Navaneet. The debutant
Sandeep Sai Krishna is
adequate. The kid (Panchatantram fame), excels. Nagababu
has a vital role and he does complete justice. Tanikella
Bharani is good.
Story of the film is wafer thin. The storyline of a
wayward guy becoming an achiever for the purpose of
love or proving his capability has come in plenty of
films. The game of Hockey is chosen for the climax of
the film. This film falls under the category of game-based
climax films like Tammudu (Boxing), Bhadrachalam (Taekwando),
Okkadu (Kabaddi) and Sye (Rugby).
There should be an angle of conflict between two characters
or an obstruction between a person and his/her goal
in order to build the drama in any film. But that angle
of conflict does not arise in this film for the first
two hours. This storyline does not have a strong conflict
point. That conflict point should be inserted in the
beginning of the film and should directly/indirectly
flow through the narration and should end with the climax.
But inserting the conflict point 30 minutes before climax
would be too late for any audience to sit through the
first two hours. When drama is not properly built, the
emotions would not get established. When there are no
emotions, the film ends up becoming dry. There is only
one major thread (love between lead pair) in this film.
Hence the narration gets repetitive and monotonous with
Direction by VN Aditya is partly good. He succeeded
in getting the comedy right in few scenes. However,
he should have chosen a story with good conflict point
and more commercial potential. The episode of Nagababu
making Navneet realize the spirit of sport by showing
a running race of handicap people is good.
Paruchuri brothers wrote all earlier films of VN Aditya.
He wrote the dialogues himself for the first time. Though
certain dialogues are good, they are not properly measured
enough to make an impact. Dialogues written for Ramayana
(Srikakulam dialect) play are good. The comedy dialogues
written for kid are also good.
Music by Kalyani Malik is adequate. A couple of melodies
(Gubulenduke & Manasu Maata Vinadu) are very good.
Aravailo song's picturization is good. Kalyani Malik
should also be appreciated for using singers with different
voices, which makes the songs a bit different. Background
music is neat.
Photography by J Siva Kumar is fair. Editing by Marthand
K Venkatesh is OK. Fights by Ram Lakshman are adequate.
Lyrics for 'Gubulenduke' are really good.
Analysis: First half of the film
is average. Second half is boring. Hero's intention
of winning the heart of the heroine is fulfilled in
the first half. The second half has lot of extended
scenes. The climax of Hockey game failed to sustain
interest as the goal for which hero is playing is not
good enough. The main drawbacks of the film are lack
of point of conflict to evoke drama and no usage of
multiple threads to narrate the story. This film is
good in few scenes, but the holistic perspective is
missing. This film is a let-down coming from a director
of such a high caliber.
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