Nagaraju (NTR) is a law student and the son of a bantroth
(Raghuvaran) - the white dressed man who stands besides judge.
Bantroth's ambition in life is to see his son Naaga as a truthful
and noble lawyer serving the society. In that process, he
spends lot of money on Naaga though he could not financially
afford such a costly education.
Sekhara Naidu (Nazar) is the CM of the state. The Home Minister
(Rajan P Dev) is looking for an opportunity to destabilize
CM. The HM has an illegitimate affair with a wonton woman
under the guise of social worker called Mandaram (Shakeela).
Mandaram has insatiable thirst for the power. She pressurizes
HM to make her an MLA when an assembly position falls vacant.
When CM refuses to give ticket to Mandaram, the HM join hands
with an opposition leader Potti Kasaiah (Paruchuri Gopala
Krishna) and launches Mandaram as an independent candidate.
In one of such political rally campaigns, the goons happen
to enter the house of Naaga due to some petty quarrel. In
the process, they bruise Naaga's father and sister. In a fist
of anger, Naaga beats those guys black and blue. Those guys
file a case on Naaga for injuring them.
impresses one and all in the court by saying how the political
campaigns and street rallies are affecting the privacy and
comfort of common citizens. He also suggests that the politicians
should use electronic media for campaign instead of wasting
money by trying to influence voters with unfair means. His
argument becomes the talk of the town and the headlines in
various newspapers. The CM also gets impressed with Naaga.
All the students unions in AP join hands with Naaga to establish
youth student organizations under one roof in the leadership
campaigns for the ruling party candidate and contributes his
part in the victory. An impressed CM appoints Naaga as the
youth leader for his ruling party. The opposition party uses
the current draught situation in the state as the weapon to
destabilize government. As a reply to this, CM starts fast-unto-death
for Central Government's intervention in this water issue.
Due to some miscommunication, Naaga starts creating law and
order problem to make sure that CM stops his fast-unto-death
and rule the state again. Father of Naaga dies in the process.
rest of the story is all about how Naaga overcame all the
hurdles and emerge unscathed as a winner.
This movie is made for NTR and hence all the frames and scenes
in the film revolve around NTR. He did his best in dances
and histrionics. His expressions in ferocious and pathos scenes
are effortless. He is at home with his characterization and
did full justice as an actor for his role. His dances are
also pretty entertaining. However, the director created confusion
in the characterization of NTR by infusing too much of aggression
in seemingly an underplayed political film.
and Jennifer: Sada, who stole the hearts of youth with
her village belle getup in Jayam, has disappointed the crowds
with this film. Her role is very short and she did not suit
the role well. Jennifer is just a prop in this film for a
couple of songs and a couple of scenes. Her character is not
at all useful for the story.
Raghuvaran played the role of Bantroth and NTR's father. Raghuvaran,
who is seen as a rich father or sophisticated villain so far
has done a character of a middleclass, honest and poor father.
His sophistication and body language does not suit for such
humble middle class characters though he gave his best shot.
Gopala Krishna: His character of Potti Kasaiah is a natural
extension of his double-statement character in 'Prathidhvani'.
He entertained crowds through his political satires.
Nazar did a role of honest Chief Minister who encourages genuine
talents and earnestly work for the people.
P Dev: The characterization of Rajan P Dev is a big let
down. Rajan, who donned powerful roles of ruthless villain
in Kushi and Aadi did a sober kind of underplayed political
leader. Hence there is no kick in his role.
Shekeela is given an apt role in this film. She did justice
to the role of a greedy woman with comical outlook. Sudha
got a role where she can emote well. Sunil did the role of
Naaga buddy and provided some entertainment in first half.
Story: Story by Surya Movies is a serious one with no
scope for entertainment. There are so many unrealistic points
in this movie, which are very hard to conceive and believe.
A better narration and interesting screenplay could have plugged
these holes. Too much usage of violence and politics has taken
the flavor of entertainment out of the film.
Screenplay by AM Ratnam needs clarity. But he overplayed the
character of NTR. He tried the pattern of Shankar's 'Oke Okkadu'
for this film. But Shankar handled that film well by underplaying
the character of Arjun most of the times and got the mass
hero in Arjun out for a very few scenes where it was essential.
In an attempt to write a screenplay that is fundamentally
similar to that of 'Oke Okkadu', AM Ratnam ignored the underplay
angle and tried to boost up the image of NTR in mass style
from first frame to the last frame. Hence the mismatch of
theme of the film and treatment of hero has made the screenplay
look pretty mediocre in the first half and confused the crowds
in the second half.
DK Suresh direction is average. He failed to provide nativity
touch and in few sentimental scenes we feel like we are watching
a Tamil dubbed film.
Paruchuri brothers have done some terrific work in terms of
dialogues in this film. There are 6-7 powerful dialogues.
The best dialogue is - Janaalu Kulam kosam chastaaru. Matham
kosam chastaaru. Kaani Rashtram kosam chavadam lone vundi
raajasam. NTR utters this dialogue with CM and then gives
a typical Rajnikanth's style of wish followed by Rajni's Namaskar.
Another Rajni'sh dialogue in this film is 'Nenu edi modalu
pettanu. Kaani okkasaari modalu pettaaka daani antham choose
varaku vadili pettanu'. Paruchuri brothers have saved
some witty dialogues for Potti Kasaish role of Paruchuri Gopala
Krishna. Gopala Krishna referred to NTR as 'buddodu kaadu
Music by Deva and Vidya Sagar has mass orientation. The background
music is OK. There is no smoothness in background music.
Stunts by Vikram Dharma are pretty good. The stylishness and
conceptualization of the first fight is awesome. But too much
of anything is not good for digestion. There are too many
fights and chases in this film.
There are six songs in this film. Out of six songs, the last
song has got tremendous response, mainly because it is merged
with the situation in film and it comes as a part of the story
Macarina: This song is taken on NTR and Jennifer in
various stadiums in Hyderabad. This song has got some real
good mass steps by NTR.
kontepillane: This is a college stage show song between
NTR and Sada. The pattern and set chosen for this song has
striking similarities with that of 'Ammaye Sannaga' from
anakapally centerlo: This song comes as a celebration
song when CM chooses NTR as party's youth leader. This song
is pictured on NTR, Sada, Jennifer and buddies of NTR. The
re-recording of this song is not good.
This song comes when Sada teases NTR and then falls into
waterfalls when NTR chases her. The pattern for this song
is taken from Jyotika's solo from Tamil Kushi. This song
is taken in folk style in picturesque natural locations.
Chinna Muddu: This song comes in a very embarrassing
situation. A badly bruised NTR goes to Jennifer house for
protection. She cleans the mud on his body and while cleaning
the suffering NTR, she kisses NTR and a song appears from
nowhere. Because of the placement, this song has not got
its due credit.
This song is the best of the lot. Lawrence composed the
steps. Rambha who did a special appearance has slimmed down
a lot. But all she did in this song is to parade herself
as NTR took the center stage with his accentuating body
movements. This song is well connected to the movie's flow.
NTR has done some terrific steps for this song.
Photography by Ravindra Babu is very good. But it's the editing
and postproduction effects that make the photography glossier.
Some times it appears like the reel is rotated at higher rpm
so that frames come faster than the usual speed.
AM Ratnam has done some terrific job as producer. There are
lots of scenes that involve thousands of junior artists to
be presented at location to create crowd effects. AM Ratnam
has spent lot of money for this film as per the subject's
AM Ratnam, who always preferred hero to be the part of the
story has taken U turn and made this film by making the story
a part of the hero. In an attempt to create a subject that
caters to the masses, he gave too much preference to the unwanted
violence and excessive stunts. There by he had nothing offer
to the female audiences except for few sentimental scenes
that have the scent of Tamil. A hero can only be as powerful
as villain. If the hero is a mass hero, the director needs
to create an equally powerful and dreadsome villain. If the
hero is a strategic hero, the director needs to create such
scenes where the tacit tactics of hero gets elevated (like
those in Shankar films like Gentleman, Bharateeyudu and Oke
Okkadu). By having a villain who looks absolutely weak and
projecting a hero who is unbelievably heroic, the director
could not balance the good and evil equation in the film.
The first half of this film is decent and sensible to certain
extent. But the story in second half meanders aimlessly and
bores you to certain extent. The main asset of the film is
NTR and one may watch this film once for NTR.
Talk: The universal talk about is film is that first half
is average and second half had drawbacks. Considering the
current form of NTR and advantage of not having big opposition
for Pongal (10 Jan -14 Jan), this film has the chances of
becoming an average fare. The trade pundit opine that it's
a too much of burden on 5-film old youth hero like NTR to
have 190 print release with a weak storyline. However the
openings for this film are terrific.