Karthik (Nagarjuna) is a well-placed architect in Ooty. He
falls in love with Padmavathi (Gracy Singh), an IT intern.
Padmavathi takes her own sweet time to accept Karthik's love.
Padmavathi has a cute cousin sister Bhanu (Sreya). Bhanu encourages
their love and gives courage to Padmavathi. When Padmavathi
reveals about her love, her father Rama Chandraiah (K Viswanath)
resists and asks her to marry the guy he has chosen for her.
Padmavathi flees from home and marries Karthik. Padmavathi
is very eager to get back to her parents and get their blessings.
But Rama Chandraiah keeps them at bay. Karthik and Padmavathi
migrate to New Zealand and they give birth to a kid named
Lucky. Padmavathi dies in an accident.
Chandraiah has a very big joint family. A few of the family
members opine that inviting Karthik and his kid for a marriage
to be happened at their place would give an opportunity to
get a closer look at Lucky, the kid of Padmavathi. When Karthik
visits Rama Chandraiah's place he gets mixed responses from
different people in the house. Rama Chandraiah doesn't like
Karthik and others like him. Over a period of time, Karthik
impresses them all and when he was about to go back to New
Zealand, Rama Chandraiah expresses his repentance for whatever
happened and says that he is accepting Karthik as his son-in-law.
has fallen in love with Karthik at first sight way back when
she went to meet Padmavathi at Ooty. At that time she was
not aware that Karthik was the same guy with whom Padmavathi
was in love. She meets Karthik, a widower now. She continues
having feelings for him. But at the same time, there is Pawan
(Prabhu Deva) - a childhood fiend of Bhanu - who is deeply
in love with her.
returns back to New Zealand. Bhanu along with Pawan visits
Karthik. They were there to write MS examinations. During
that period Bhanu gets closer to Karthik. When Karthik realizes
the intentions of Bhanu, he fixes Pawan as the fiancée
Bhanu is about to get married to Pawan. Karthik loves Bhanu,
but is hesitating to repeat the history by marrying a girl
against the wishes of family. Will they get united? You should
watch this film on big silver screen to know yourself.
Nagarjuna is as charming as ever. He suited the role of father
and as the man in love perfectly. He wore black and white
suits in this film and he looks very dignified in that get
up. This role has given him ample scope for exhibiting histrionics
and he made maximum use of it to impress upon one and all.
Singh: This is the first colorful film of Gracy Singh
(Lagaan had a shade of gray). But she is not as glamorous
as we expected her after seeing Lagaan. Her role is limited
to 45 minutes in this film. She did justice in displaying
right kind of emotions on her part.
(Sriya): Sreya got the major share of the pie. She is
very cute and did the role of Bhanu with élan. Her
vivacious attitude and chirpy outlook added the necessary
luster to her character. She is a treat to watch.
Screenplay - direction: Screenplay of the film is very
good. Direction is also very commendable. Dasarath has got
good narration skills. The best thing about him is that he
did not try to follow the trend. He chosen his subject and
narrated it in his own style. This film oozes positive attitude.
All scenes flow naturally and none them look forced. But he
is slow in his narration, which might make masses squirm a
Dialogues in this film are very apt. No forced comic punch
(except for a few scenes involving Sunil)! But Dasarath provided
the right dialogues for the right scenes. A dialogue is worth
mentioning here. It is 'preminchadaaniki rendu manasulu
chalu - kaani pelli chsukovadaaniki rendu kutumbalu kavali'
(while telling Sreya that he likes her .. but he does not
want to disturb the equilibrium in the family of Rama Chandraiah).
The best thing about this film is it's sweet music. RP Patnaik
intelligently mixed the tunes into background music. Whenever
you sense the augur of boredom, you find RP's background music
uplifting the spirit.
All the songs in the film flow naturally according to the
storyline except for Mehabooba song. All these 7 songs are
situational songs. Here is the sequence and placement -
Emo Naalo: When Nagarjuna first spots Gracy Singh.
much to say that I love you: When Gracy rejects
Digi Vachina: This song is pictured on Sreya, Nag
and Gracy. This song follows when Sreya unites Nag and Gracy.
Naakistamani: This song is on Gracy and Nag. It
starts with the marriage of Gracy and Nag and ends with
them giving birth to Lucky.
Dhinaktari: This is a marriage song at K Viswanath's
house, which start immediately after Nag finishes his flashback
Diri: A marriage song in New Zealand NRI function.
A special song on Prabhudeva and Sophia Haq.
Toli Sariga: This is the highlight song of the film.
This song is cut into three pieces and is played between
Nag and Sreya before climax
S Gopal Reddy has done a fine job, as usual, for this film
by canning the picturesque locales of Ooty and New Zealand.
KL Narayana produced this film very lavishly. This banner
is called as a lucky banner in the industry. And he might
again prove lucky with this film.
First half of the film is entertaining. The beginning of second
half is little boring. But the director got the audiences
back into his grip half an hour before climax. Heart-rendering
climax is a plus point of the film. The strength of the film
is music (RP Patnaik), hero (Nagarjuna) and cool n composed
direction (Dasarath). Weakness of the film is slow narration.
As the director told in a press meet, this film oozes positive
attitude. Hence, you will not come across any negative comments
about the film. It is a good film to watch!
Talk: This film has got 10 weeks to 100 days talk depending
on the centers. Since, the box office works on the theory
of the relativity, Santosham's full run is dependant on how
other films that are releasing in the next 30 days (Allari,
Sreeram, Adrustam, Tappuchesi Pappu Koodu and Jayam)
fare at box office.