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Oke Okkadu - A review
A M Ratnam
Sri Surya Movies
Oke Okkadu
(A Man of Destiny)

Jeevi Rating: 4/5
Social and Political
Jeevi Rating
4/5 (Four on a scale of five)
Arjun, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran, Manivannan, Vadivelu, Laila and Sushmita Sen (Guest Appearance)
Cinematography: Anand
Special Effects: Venki
Art: Thota Tharani
Music: A R Rehman
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Shankar
Producer: Surya Movies
Theatrical Release Date
9th November 1999
Story Line
How an able educated person became CM by accident and changed the destiny and political history of the state.

Purushottam (Arjun) is a handsome, both mentally and physically, cameraman at Qtv. Chowdary (Raghuvaran) is the CM of the state. He believes that his CM chair has four legs (namely money lenders, caste, gross root workers of the party and students). In order to pacify all these groups, he has to make lots of compromises in his administration. There by his indecisiveness leads to riots and discontent among the people.

Purushottam spots the village belle Chandramukhi (Manisha Koirala) and duly falls in love with her. But father of the Chandramukhi wants his daughter to marry a govt. employee than a TV cameraman.

As he is a cameraman, Purushottam cans all these riots and rescues the people. As Purushottam report on the riots become popular, he is given promotion as a senior reporter. And his first assignment turns out to be an interview with the CM of the state, Chowdary.

In that spirited interview Purushottam questions the CM's non-transparent functionality. When CM refutes back that Purushottam is misusing media to malign him, Purushottam shows all the evidence. A piqued CM he is, Chowdary challenges Purushottam to act as CM for a day. Only then one can understand the immense pressure of being CM. After much deliberation Purushottam accepts the offer. Chowdary passes an ordinance to make Purushottam CM for a day by giving his resignation letter and the letter of support by his MLA's.

Purushottam starts his day as CM with having a meeting with civil servants (IAS and IPS). He instructs all the officers to dig out all the files on corrupt officials and he duly suspends all of them on the spot. He gives surprise inspections to various places (slums, ration shops etc.) and solves the problems instantly. He organizes a live tele conference with the people of state and solve their problems on the spot. By the end of the he makes the 12 ministers of Chowdary get arrested. The icing on the cake turn out to be the arrest of Chowdary itself at the dusk of the day. As the media covers all the movements of Purushottam and broadcasts live on all the channels, Purushottam becomes the icon of god governance and a ray of hope to the people. Incidentally Chowdary's decision to play the ball into Purushottam's hand turns out to be a blunder and the closure of Chowdary's political career.

After Chowdary resumes power as CM, he gets dumped as a no-confidence motion is passed. Fresh elections are announced. Muddu Krishna (Manivannan) is a secretary to CM. He plays a vital role in bringing Purushottam, who otherwise is reluctant, into the active politics by making him realize the importance of being a constructive politician. Purushottam's party wins all the seats in the state.

After getting elected Purushottam implements innovative ideas. Chowdary and other leaders start cooking up ideas to assassinate Purushottam. If you wanna know how Purushottam wins over evil minded Chowdary and marries his village belle Chandramukhi, you must watch this fill in tinsel screen with good sound equipment.


He lives up to his title 'Action King' in this film. His role needs to show lot of brain than brawn. He stole the show with his right expressions. Even at this age he maintains a body that is near to six pack.
Manisha: Manisha is looking contrastingly different from her earlier films. She epitomizes the innocence of a village belle. Some people may not like her facial expressions in the first half as they are very raw, yet sensual. But Manisha is a treat to watch in songs.
Manivannan: Manivannan seems to be penetrating into the hearts of telugu viewers off late. His character, dubbed by Kota, looks very powerful and has a bit of comedy attached to it.
Laila: She is given an insignificant role for which she did full justice.
Sushmita Sen: She acted in a special song. She looks very sensual in this song unlike her other songs.

Slickness and Deftness are the two words that best describes it.

Direction: Shankar emerged as a film maker of social responsibility time and again. He tried his best to evoke the mass consciousness among the viewers about their social life. He deftly woven the love story between Chandramukhi and Purushottam and shown it as a backdrop to the political making of Purushottam and undoing of Chowdary. One particular shot makes us realize the power of Shankar. When Purushottam is reluctant to enter the politics after his stint as a one day CM, Muddu Krishna takes him out of his house and shows him the thousands of people harboring out side his house to see Purushottam accept the political entry. (The same technique is used in 'Iddaru' by Maniratnam, when Prakash raj shows Mohanlal the power of public adulation by showing the public who are going crazy over him)

Photography: Anand, a relatively new name in the circles of photography, attained a new peak in popularity with this film. Cinematography in this film is a treat to your eyes.

Music: A R Rehman needs to introduction. He did full justice to his job. Music for songs and backdrop score is excellent.

Production: Richness and quality are the catch words for this film's production.

Song One: Shakalaka Baby: This song is about Arjun doing a video shoot for a song. Sushmita Sen looks ravishing in this song and there is absolutely no vulgarity in the naughty thing Sush do in this song. It is shot in the genre of MTv and Channel V.

Song Two: Andala Rakshasive: This song is so natural. Highlight of this song is making the best use of group dancers by making them appear like pots, corns, sun flowers, Kondapalli bommalu, Disti Bommalu.

Song Three: 'Nelloru Nerajana': Its a melodious song with slow steps. This song starts with a dance at a waterfall during dawn and ends with dancing at a burning hills during the dusk.

Song Four: 'Maga Dheera': This song is total graphical song. This song is a theme song that reflects the moods of the second half of the film. Dr K R Narayanan, President of India, seems to have stopped and had a comprehensive look at the shooting of this song in New Delhi and seems to have immensely enjoyed it. Superb song it is.

Song Five: 'Utti Meeda Koodu': This song is the latest folk sensation on the block. Sensible steps and sexy music makes this song an instant hit and perfect song to lead for the climax. You get a tinge of 'Mudinepalli' song of Gentleman.
Director needs to be given a special applause for taking such a burning and relevant topic of social life and adapting it to the theme of cinema and directing it with such a skill without losing the commercial touch and glamour of the film. Though there are lot of other people who gets the credit for this fabulous work, the hands down winner is going to be one and only Shankar. His character of CM closely resembles the working style of Chandrababu Naidu. May be the vision of Shankar's ideal CM suits with the functionality of Chandra Babu Naidu. It is a welcoming change to get such film which educate people and create awareness among them about good transparent governance. People who make films like 'Pichivadi Chetilo Raayi' must take a leaf out of Shankar's page to emulate him. Everybody who comes out of theaters gets a feeling that they watched a film that is worth making impact on their thinking process.
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