(Trisha) and Sivarama Krishna (Srihari) are orphans.
Their rich father leaves their mother for another woman.
And so their mother dies in distress. With this kind
of troubled childhood, Sivarama Krishna (Srihari) takes
care of his little sister Siri and makes sure that she
gets all the brotherly love she needs. Sivarama Krishna
also starts to hate rich people and he wants to make
sure that Siri is wed to a poor and hardworking man.
(Siddardh) is London-settled NRI who lives with his
elite parents. He along with his mother visits India
to attend a relative's wedding. There he meets Siri,
who is a pole apart when it comes to upbringing and
family background. The inevitable happens and they fall
in love. Santosh's mother who does not approve of this,
tries to separate Siddardh from Siri.
visits Siri's place and asks the permission of Sivarama
Krishna for her hand in marriage. Sivarama Krishna refuses
his proposal because he does not want his sister to
suffer in the environment of money-minded people. Santosh
asks Sivarama Krishna to give a chance to prove himself.
Sivarama Krishna asks Santosh to work as a labor in
his farm. He also gives 1 acre of land and asks him
to harvest more produce than him. The rest of the story
is all about how Santosh wins the bet as well as the
heart of Sivarama Krishna.
Siddardh is the surprise pack of the film. He is too
good. After watching the film, one would realize how
appropriate his casting is. He epitomized the essence
of his character and won the hearts of audiences with
his zest portrayal of mischievous yet lovable guy with
heart of goldmine and the will to go for the girl he
loves against all odds. Probably his experience as subordinate
to Mani Ratnam in direction department did a world of
good in understanding and emoting the histrionics the
way they were supposed to be done.
Trisha's character in this film is an extension of her
sensible character in Varsham film. She is just great.
Her tender looks, innocent face and Telugu traditional
costumes make her a treat to watch. Her expressions
and naughty antics while performing situational songs
in this film are excellent.
The character of Sivarama Krishna needs an actor of
good stature. It is a nice idea to cast Srihari. Srihari
is one of the best actors in film industry whose wide
range of acting capabilities were restricted due to
lead roles. He gives a measured yet powerful performance
as a doting brother.
Sunil is terrific with
his under-played comedy as Banda. The one-liners cracked
by him has the crowds in splits. Dharmavarapu's
cell phone comedy is another highlight. Santoshini
- heroine of Jai film - does a deglamorised character
role in this film and she is excellent. The 'Jagratha'
episode by Santoshini is also good. Veda's
role as heroine friend is a vital one and she does well.
Prakash Raj gives yet another
controlled performance as the supporting father of the
hero. Geeta is adequate
as the prejudiced mother. Nandita
is attractive in the character who falls for the hero.
Jaya Prakash Reddy entertains
once again with his laughing outburst. Narsing
Yadav and Raghu Babu
are apt for their roles. Paruchuri
Venkateswara Rao gets another vital character.
Abhishek (of Aithe fame)
is appropriate. Producer MS Raju
and director Prabhu Deva
give special appearances.
Story of the film is simple. It reminds us of films
like Pyar Kiyatho Darna Kya and Ramudocchadu. But the
comparison ends there. The angle of an unimaginable
commitment of a brother and an unflinching thirst for
love from the lover makes this storyline possess a very
good box-office potential. Veeru Potla (Varsham fame)
gave the story.
the storyline there are few scenes that are inspired
by other films. One among them is the hilarious scene
of lead of couple rescuing themselves against dog by
slipping into the bathroom with sliding door. This scene
is inspired by a scene from 'A Guy Thing'
Two thumbs up to the characterization. Each and every
character - however small it may be - has some significance
in the film. Even oft ignored actress like Pavala Shayama
had her moments in the film, which were noticed very
well. Each and every character leaves an impression.
- direction: Screenplay provided by MS Raju is gripping.
He made sure that there is no dull moment through out
the film. Direction by Prabhudeva is really good. He
used his entire aesthetic skills to make this film a
musical with beautiful expressions. He exploited simple
things, warm feelings and tender emotions and transferred
those things efficiently to the hearts of audiences.
It is very important to retain feel of the film when
one is making a soft film with such simple storyline.
Prabhu Deva should be commended for bringing the soul
in to this film.
This is the best work of Devi Sri Prasad after Varsham
and Arya. The songs might not sound great when you listen
on stereo. But they are entirely different when captured
on the screen amid situations. Songs do stand out in
the film as the best. The re-recording and background
score are terrific.
Prabhu Deva and Vishnu Deva gave 100% output in choreography.
There are seven songs in this film. All songs are situational
except for the last song. There is rhythm, merriment,
emotions upsurge and passion that flows throughout these
songs. Songs in this film are a part of story narration.
Each and every song is good in its own way. Excellent
lyrics by Sirivennela helps
in infusing more feel into the songs.
Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are just perfect. The
dialogues in this film are integral part of the script.
One-liners for Sunil are entertaining. Meaningful dialogues
describing the commitment of Srihari are excellent.
The words 'Something something' might become a rage
among young college-goers. It is nice to see Paruchuri
brothers calling the young people as 'youngsters' instead
of using generalized term 'youth'.
Another big asset of the film is photography by National
Award winner from Kerala, Venu Gopal. He captured the
lush greenery of paddy fields and natural beauty. Each
and every frame of the film is rich with vibrant colors.
Camerawork is smooth and extremely professional and
helped the film a lot.
Film enthusiastics who would like to view a film beyond
the visuals, sound and the feel should observe the most
interesting aspect narrating a film - Threads. The several
threads of this film interweaved by bringing the right
thread in front, on the narration at the right time.
Here are the following threads
- Sister thread: The beginning of the film itself
establishes the strong bond between these siblings
and how Sivarama Krishna arrives at conclusion that
his sister should not wed into wealthy families. At
the same time it is also shown how the sister trusts
her brother and honors his decisions as well.
thread: They like each other at the first moment.
Santosh is forthcoming in expressing himself whereas
Siri restrains herself from doing so. Even as she
falls in love with him, she makes it clear that she
can't disrespect his brother's decision about her
marriage. Santosh leaves all his comforts, relationships
and belongings to prove how much he is devoted for
of Souvenir: Sivarama Krishna presents a toy horse
to Siri when she is a kid. When a jealous friend breaks
this toy, Santosh rejoins it again and gives it back
to Siri, as he understands the sentimental value it
carries. The same toy again is nurtured by Santosh
as a memory of Siri. And in one occasion he does not
even mind his life to save the toy.
thread: There is a quiet boy (Abhi) eyeing Siri
since his childhood. He appears throughout the film
at regular intervals. He comes forward and jumps into
action only during the climax (at the right time).
thread: One of the parents tries to protect the
kid while the other tries to admonish. Santosh's father
(Prakash Raj) is supportive of his son whereas the
mother tries to influence her son to win over her
personal prejudices. Father appears at the right times
to give moral support to the kid.
Master thread: The most powerful character in
the entire story is Sivarama Krishna. It is only a
stationmaster who can influence Sivarama Krishna.
The Station Master character thread is deftly brought
forward at vital situations to guide Sivarama Krishna
in order to make the story progress smoothly.
There are many
more threads in the film. The dexterity of MS Raju can
be seen in preparing screenplay by giving balance to
showing his disappointment when Siri slaps him on
2. The scene in which Santosh protects the toy horse
from fire by risking his life.
3. The ultimate sacrifice by Srihari in the climax.
The sets and locations chosen are excellent. Editing
work by KV Krishna Reddy
is crisp. Fights by Vijayan
are good. Producer MS Raju should be commended for making
yet another good film with right production values and
for depending more on script that is well supported
by good technical team.
Analysis: First half of the film
is excellent with great entertainment and emotions.
The second half is set more on emotions and less on
entertainment. Second half is good. Plus points of the
film are great characterizations, neat screenplay, good
direction, excellent music, extraordinary photography,
superb comedy (Sunil, Dharmavarapu, JP etc) and perfect
casting. There are no negative points in the film except
that the second half has gone a bit slow. Whenever I
watch a film, I look out for the feel and emotions and
this film has got plenty of it. I recommend this film
to all Telugu film lovers. On the box office front,
this film should have excellent run in urban areas and
decent run in rural areas.
with MS Raju
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