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Jeevi Rating: 2.75/5 (Two and three fourth)
Genre: Friendship
Cast: Nagarjuna, Sumanth, Sudhakar, Bhoomika Chawla, Pratyusha, Chalapati Rao, Brahmanandam, Giribabu. Ali, Venu Madhav & Sangeeta
Music: Shiva Shankar
Photography: Shyam K Naidu
Dialogues: Chintapally Ramana
Story: Siddique
Editing: Hari Nandamuri
Screenplay - Direction: Bala Sekharan
Producer: RB Chwodary

Theatrical Release Date: 26th October 2001



Aravind (Nagarjuna), Chandru (Sumanth) and Krishna Murthy (Sudhakar) are childhood friends. They are inseparable. Chandru and Krishna Murthy are orphans, who are generously brought up by the parents of Aravind.

By the time they reach their 20's, Aravind's sister Amrita (Pratyusha) falls in love with Chandru. Chandru hesitates to love her, as she is the sister of his close friend Aravind. Chandru seeks the help of Krishna Murthy to give him some tips to avoid Amrita. After the entire episode, Aravind and Chandru visit Hyderabad to join the work done by Krishna Murthy.

When this trio goes for a job of renovating an old palatial house, Aravind encounters a cute girl Padmini (Bhoomika). A mischief by the jealous cousin sister of Padmini invokes a love from the side of Aravind towards Padmini. When Padmini was about to get engaged to a third guy Chandru jumps in to spoil the party and announces that Padmini cheated Aravind after loving him.

The rest of the film is about how the pairs of Arvind - Padmini and Chandru - Amrita get united in the climax.



Nagarjuna: Nagarjuna is as charming as ever. But what takes beating is his characterization. He has donned the role of a meek friend who gets dominated by Sumanth all the time.

Sumanth: Sumanth tried his best to perform well with in his limitations. But, ultimately, the output is not up to the mark. Sumanth is a negative factor for this film. He is given a predominant role. But he could not do justice to his role. His dialogue delivery is pathetic.

Bhoomika: She enters the movie one hour after the start. She looks cute in the first half. But viewer cannot accept to see her in a wife role in the second half.

Technical Departments:

Story: Siddique's story is full of sacrifices and misunderstandings. This story may work well for the Tamil and Malayalam people. But for Telugu people, this too-good-to-believe story is too hard to digest.

Direction & Screenplay: The screenplay in the first half is very good. But in the second half, the film goes on getting dragged. For every fifteen minutes, people start thinking that climax is approaching. Then the director puts another twist. The screenplay in second half is shabby and unbearable. The direction is just average.

Dialogues: Chintapallay Ramana has given apt dialogues for this film. The comedy dialogues in the first half are very good.

Comedy: Sudhakar, Brahmanandam and Ali have done an exceptionally good job to give comic relief in the first half. All the scenes of the film, between 2nd song and 3rd song, are totally hilarious. But the second half has no comedy at all.

Photography: Shyam K Naidu has done wonderful job as cinematographer. The way village scenic beauty captured in the first song between Sumanth and Pratyusha is simply superb.

Music and songs: Shiva Shankar gave typical SA Raj Kumar kind of songs for this film. A couple of songs would standout in the first listening. They are all captured well on the screen too.

Analysis: First half of the film is very good. Second half of the film bad and dragged to no end. This 3-hour long film makes to feel bored in the second half. This film proved that the friendship films do not work out in Telugu like they do in Tamil and Malayalam. The strength of the film is comedy provided by Brahmanandam and a couple of songs. The weakness of the film is Sumanth and screenplay (in the second half). The villain of the film starts changing the characters from the scene to scene to prolong the story. The climax is pathetically handled. You can see Nagarjuna coming out of coma after 5 years to fight with villains and save Sumanth at the end, which is very cinematic and is of poor taste. Watch this film at your leisure. You will definitely enjoy the first half. We have to wait and see what the Telugu viewer have in store for this Supergood banner's film!

A suggestion to Nag: It's time for Nag to ponder over his career. He is going on movie signing spree, without looking much into the making of the film. He must realize that leaving entire onus to the director does not help him much. He should selectively sign the films and make sure that they are shaping up in the right way. The younger lot like Pawan and Mahesh are delivering blockbusters like Murari and Kushi by selectively doing one film a time. Senior heroes like Bala Krishna and Venkatesh are delivering sensational hits like Narasimha Naidu and Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, as they realized what their strength is. Nag too should know what his strength is and do films that cushion his strength. All it takes for Nagarjuna to spring back into the number one slot is one such a big hit. Hope Nag would come up with a blockbuster soon.

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