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(Evari Maata Vinadu)
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Jeevi rating: 3/5
: Hari Krishna all the way
Can kids watch this film?
No (more violence)
Bommarillu vaari
: Harikrishna, Soundarya, Simran, Vindhya, Sunitha Varma, Ravi Kanth, Brahmanandam, Ali, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Posani Krishnamurali, Jayaprakash Reddy, Satyaprakash, Ashokkumar, Mukesh Rushi, Rahul Dev, Ahuti Prasad, Nalini, Subhashini, Balayya, Rama Prabha, Mallikharjuna Rao, Navabharat Balaji, Rajan P Dev
Story - dialogues: Posani Krishna Murali
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: Madhu A Naidu
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Lyrics: Dr. C Narayana Reddy, Chandra Bose
Action Director: Raju
Executive Producer: Kommineni Venkateswara Rao
Screenplay - Direction - Producer: YVS Chowdary
Release date: 22nd August 2003


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Seetayya (Hari Krishna) is a powerful cop whose objective is to put an end to the ruthless factions in Rayalaseema. There are two warring factionist families in Dharmavaram, who are on a spree of killing each other. Seetayya becomes a tough obstacle to those families. A girl called Bangaram (Simran) is caught up in Seetayya's house by accident and there on she falls head over heels for him. When the factionists enquire about Seetayya's past it is revealed that his real name is Sivayya. He erased the factionism and bloodshed in a village Ontimitta in the past. He was married to a girl called Seeta, who was killed in a bombing after delivering a baby boy. Then onwards Sivayya changes his name to Seetayya. The rest of the story is all about how Seetayya reforms the factionists in Rayalaseema.

Artists Performance

Hari Krishna: It's a delight to watch Hari Krishna doing an amazing performance in all departments. He reminded us of the great NTR in lots of the sequences (not just because of the physical similarities but also with his histrionic capabilities). YVS Chowdary knows how to project the macho and mass image of Hari Krishna very well and he used it to the maximum extent. The dances of Hari Krishna in this film deserve a special mention. The choreographer composed steps in such a way that they look top class on the screen and also provide us the wholesome entertainment. His scenes involving Soundarya are very tender.

Heroines: Simran is the perfect glamour doll of this film. She is extremely sexy in the songs. Her character also has some lighter vein comedy in the first half. She used her graceful dancing skills to maximum extent to entertain star-stuck audience. Soundarya did a small role in this film that lasts for 10 minutes in the film. She did well.

Others: There are 16 villains in this film out of which 4 of them are females (Nalini, Subhashini, Vindhya etc). There are so many of actors that none of them are given lengthy roles. All of them did their bit well.

Technical Departments:

Story: There is not much story in this film.

Screenplay - direction: YVS Chowdary has done excellent work in terms of shot making in this film. He elevated the character of hero to greater heights. There is so much of pumping of mass elements in this film. However, the narration of the film is slow. By inserting too many characters in the film and concentrating heavily on the hero's character, YVS Chowdary could not balance the right proportions in the film. His ability of conceiving songs and picturizing them are excellent. He is only next to K Raghavendra Rao in exhilarating the matinee crowds with superb song picturization. But, he could not justify the sudden transformation of hero's attitude from a bloodthirsty warrior (in massacring train episode) to a peace-preaching saint in the climax.

Music: Keeravani has done extraordinary work for this film. His background music is also very good. The way he kept 'om' chanting, as background music for Hari Krishna is pretty good.

Songs picturization: All the songs are excellent with pleasing visuals on the screen. The opening song of the film 'Evari Maata Vinadu seetayya' is canned in black and white format with Hari Krishna looking ravishing with jeans outfits. The highlight songs of the film are 'Ammathodu' and 'Bassekki Vastavo' with Hari Krishna wearing the 70's and 80's NTR costumes and doing superb steps. Simran's solo song 'Okka Magaadu' imagining Legend NTR is excellent. The way she gyrates her hips for this song needs special mention. 'Siggestundi' song is pictured on Simran with the backdrop of portraits of Hari Krishna. This concept is very creative and romantic. 'Aadi Shankarula' song is canned on the youth pair Ravi Kanth and Suneeta Varma. 'Samayaniki' is a melodious number done on Hari Krishna and Soundarya. 'Ravayya Ravayya' song is good. 'Idigo Rayalaseema Gadda', which is canned with a huge NTR statue backdrop, is very good.

Dialogues: Dialogues by Posani Krishna Murali are OK. The dialogue 'Kudirite Gandhji. Kudarakapothe Nethaji' explains the nature of Seetayya in this film. But too many mass dialogues coming at such a fast pace has brought down the impact. A powerful dialogue uttered at the crucial time makes more impact than continuous mass dialogues. There are good claps for some mass dialogues in this film.

Other departments: Photography by Madhu A Naidu is very good. He used the right kind of lighting schemes. The sets done for songs are excellent. Especially the background color combinations used for 'Ammathodu' song worth a mention.

Production: The production values of this film are simply superb. You can match the richness of this film only to a couple of big production houses in AP. You can see every penny spent on this film on the screen in terms of richness.

The first half of the film is decent. But the second half is little slow. The climax is weak. The strengths of the film are Hari Krishna's performance, Keeravani music, YVS's picturization of songs and high production values. The weakness is the story, script and slow narration. There is too much of violence in the film. The duration of this film is very lengthy (more than 3 hours). Over all it's an average film that has got fair chances of doing extremely well in B and C centers because of excessive mass elements. YVS Chowdary - being a confident producer - has announced that the 100 days function of 'Seetayya' would be held on 1st December 2003 at Ananthapur. YVS Has already proved his capability of a producer who promotes his product to the right kind of segment.

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