(Surya) is an ugly-looking hunchback (goonivaadu). Though
his appearance is bad, he is very good at heart. He
extends his help to everybody he comes across. Kamala
(Jyotika) is a blind girl, who seeks the help of Chanti
in the troubled time. Karthik (Surya) is a handsome
hunk who is in love with Priya (Jyotika), daughter of
a police commissioner (Devan).
and Priya decide to elope as Priya's father is against
their love. They seek the help of Chanti. In the process,
Priya is killed by a criminal. Chanti witnesses this
gory incident. However he maintains his silence, as
he fears for his life. Karthik is held responsible for
Priya's death. Meanwhile, Priya who was a voluntary
eye-donor, has her eyes transplanted to Kamala.
comes to know about Priya's eyes and visits Kamala.
Kamala happens to see Karthik first and mistakes him
to be Chanti. Chanti - suffering from inferiority complex
- evades from Kamala fearing that she would not accept
him in her life because he is hunchback and unattractive.
The rest of the story is about whom Kamala weds and
how Karthik seeks revenge on his lover's killer.
Surya: Surya dons two roles in this film. He
generates good amount of comedy with his hunchback role.
His body language in hunchback role is pretty comic
and funny at times. This role does not demand much of
histrionics because of the contrived face (with buck-teeth).
However, his body language played pretty good role.
Surya is glamorous and manly in the role of Karthik
and the final fight is pretty impressive.
Jyothika does two roles as well. Her role as Priya is
a typical glamorous one and quite the opposite in the
role of Kamala as a poor blind girl. Unfortunately,
Savita Reddy dubbed voice for both these roles. She
is good for Priya character that needed urban sophistication.
But her dubbing for Kamala character put the role's
Malavika does an item song and she is good. Vivek's
comedy is partly good, lacking the same punch as in
the original version. Manorama is good as usual. Devan
and Thalaivasal Vijay are adequate.
- screenplay - direction: Story of the film has
a mix of artistic and commercial elements. The director
created entertainment out of the physical disability
of hunchback character at the same time kept the humiliation
of being handicapped intact. The screenplay of the film
is OK. Direction is average. The timing and punch of
scenes in the film has gone awry.
Cinematography by Ratnavelu (Arya fame) is ok. Dialogues
by Rajasekhar Reddy are adequate. Music by Yuan Shankar
Raja is fair. Action sequences are good (especially
the last fight).
Analysis: The story of the film
is good and it has good commercial value. But the main
drawback of this film is the poor dubbing by Telugu
producers. The emotion, feel and punch of the original
'Perazhagan' is lost in the Telugu version, which makes
'Sundarangudu' a not-so-interesting fare. This film
might find some liking in B and C centers.
reviews of previous 5 films
7/G Brindavan Colony