(Nagarjuna) is a honest cop in Vizag. He falls in love
with Vasantha (Asin), a beautiful lady who aspires to
become a singer. There is a mafia guy called Dutt (Prakash
Raj), whom Shivamani troubles a lot. Incidentally Vasantha
is distantly related to Dutt and both of them belongs
to Kerala. In the meantime, Shivamani's mother (Sangeeta)
gets paralyzed. Shivamani and Vasantha take her to Kerala
to get the treatment of Kerala's Ayurveda specialists.
In the process, Dutt gets back to Kerala and he is on
the mission to weaken Shivamani by getting Vasantha
away from him. The rest of the story is all about how
he gets back Vasantha with the help of a newspaper's
editor Pallavi (Rakshita).
Nagarjuna played the role of a charming cop. He looks
extremely sensible and handsome in the first half. Nagarjuna
has the unique lovable quality. People would love to
see him teasingly dominating the heroine in a romantic
way (like Seenu character dominating Pandu in Ninne
Pelladatha, Karthik dominating Padmavathi in Santosham
and Abhiram teasing Maheswari in Manmadhudu film). Puri
Jagan's mark of aggressive hero characterization suited
well for Nagarjuna in the first half and Nagarjuna mixed
his sensibility to it in the first half.
Asin is extremely good as a tender and beautiful lover
of Nagarjuna. She is very cute. He got good scope to
display histrionics in the second half. She was shown
in a deglamourized way in towards the climax of the
She played the role of chief editor of Andhya Jyothi
daily magazine, who investigates Shivamani's flashback
and the love story. She is chirpy and naughty in this
film. However, her role becomes clean and neat and the
Prakash Raj played the
main villain role. He is good, as usual. But there is
no force for the villain role in the second half, as
he keeps on running away and hiding from the hero all
the time though he ruthlessly kills everybody else .
Ali's comedy is extremely
hilarious in the first half. MS
Narayana's comedy is good in the second half.
Vinod Bala did a noticeable character in this film.
Sangeeta is fair as mother
of hero. Brahmaji continued
his long mustache in this film too. However, he is missing
from villain's gang in the entire second half. AVS played
a supportive role to Rakshita.
Shivamani film is basically a love story. But the scheme
of message in a bottle found by a newspaper editor and
how she solves the mystery by placing all the cards
in the place is very interesting. Since this film deals
a newspaper editor investigating a story, Shivamani
is told in a series of 4 flashbacks. One big flashback
in the first half and remaining 3 small flashbacks in
the second half.
- direction: Puri Jagan kept his style of different
narration and aggressive characterization in tact. His
handling of flashback of the first half is extremely
good and it's a top class act. However, his direction
in the second half become little insensible with the
story meandering between the flashbacks. He made the
villain character running away from hero and hiding
in an unknown place in the entire second half. By making
villain very weak in second half, the director diluted
the strength of the hero as hero does not have any powerful
villain to fight with.
Dialogues by Kona Venkat are good and sensible. There
is good amount of humor thrown in the first half without
losing the seriousness and purpose of the film. Kona
Venkat seems to be turning out to be one of the finest
humor dialogue writers in Tollywood.
Music by Chakri is good. All the melodies in the film
gelled well with the narration of the story. Rakshita's
solo song is also pretty good. The best song in the
film are 'Rama Rama bit' and 'Yenatiki' songs. Chakri
improved a lot in terms of rerecording and background
music in this film.
departments: Camerawork by Shyam K Naidu is good.
However, in a few places the lighting scheme is inconsistent.
Stunts by Vijay are impressive. Art work by Chinna is
First half of the film is very good. Especially the
love track and Shivamani episode that comes in the flashback.
But the second half of the film is little boring. The
classes and masses would definitely like the first half.
The film's success would depend on how masses and family
crowds take the second half. Puri Jagan has pulled off
an average film ANOTA to a big hit. Now, we have to
wait and see if the history repeats again for this film
too. You can watch this film for Nagarjuna and the cool
flashback episode of the first half.
Talk: The talk of the film is divided between
average to above average depending on the center with
a trade prediction of minimum of 50-days run.
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