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Jeevi rating: 3 (Three)
Banner: Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Art Pictures
Cast: Mohan Babu, Srikanth, Gracy Singh, Radhika chowdary, Srikanth, Brahmanandam, Thannikella Bharani, Sujatha, Balayya, Ali, Kota Srinivasa Rao, L.B. Sriram, Ramya Sri, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Telangana Sakuntala and MS Narayana
Dialogues: Marudhuri Raja
Lyrics: Jonnavithula, Bhuvana Chandra, Kula Sekhar, Ch Vijaya Kumar & Guru Charan
Camera: V Jayaram
Editing: Gowtam raju
Music: MM Keeracani
Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Prabhudeva & Raja Sekhar
Story: Priya Darshan
Screenplay - Direction: A Kodandarami Reddy
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Theatrical Release Date: 22nd May 2002



Sivaji (Mohan Babu) arrives at Mumbai to do any job and earn money to support his family, which badly needs money. He tells them that he is going to USA to earn dollars. He loses his bag the moment he arrives in the city of dreams. There he meets his old time pal Kuppiganthula Ramesh (Ramesh), whose profession includes cheating people.

Ramesh induces Sivaji to share his cheating profession to make living. Along with Pedda Koteswara Rao (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and Cheecha (Radhika Chowdary) they execute a bank robbery. Cheecha makes an anonymous call to police and gets Pedda Koteswara Rao arrested. But, Pedda Koteswara Rao puts all the money in the locker of another bank. Pedda Koteswara Rao is arrested and nobody has a clue about where the money is put up.

There is Raja garu and his wife (Balayya and Sujatha), a blind old couple, who are living in Mumbai. They are very rich Telugu couple. They lost their eyesight, son and daughter-in-law in an accident. They have a grand son Bujji (whom they have not seen for at least 10 years), who is studying in USA.

Whenever Rajagaru gets a mail from USA, they take the help of a pawnwala to read it. This time, they get a telegram (actually the postman can read the telegram at the time of handing over it). Since pawnwala does not know English, he asks Ramesh to read out what is written in the telegram. It is written that Bujji would be touching Mumbai in six months. But Ramesh reads out that Bujji would be coming in a day.

Ramesh introduces Sivaji as Bujji to the old couple. But in the process Ramesh's body and Sivaji's voice gets fixed as Bujji. The old couple has the uncanny ability of remembering the voice and the body-touch of any person they meet. Hence Ramesh and Sivaji dupe the old couple and waits for the right occasion to steal money. In the process, they lie that Bujji has a girl friend called Radhika Rani back in USA. Radhika Rani (Gracy Singh) arrives from nowhere at the residence of Raja garu. She keeps on thwarting the plans of Ramesh and Sivaji. Later on she reveals that Bujji is no more and she is a friend of Bujji. She comes to Mumbai to tell the bad news to Raja garu. After seeing the happiness (given by Ramesh and Sivaji) of Raja garu, she decides not to tell the truth. Will the old couple find out that truth and what happens to stolen money from the bank forms the rest of the story.


Mohan Babu: The role of Sivaji is a typical Mohan Babu's role, which is played effortlessly. He should be commended for giving such a big role for another hero Srikanth. Both these heroes share equal footage. Mohan Babu fans might get disappointed about this aspect.

Srikanth: Srikanth is a revelation in this film. He is very smart and is at home. He is very good at making faces. He has done 100% justice to the role given to him with neat comedy.

Gracy Singh: Gracy Singh enters the film just before the interval and stays till the end. She suited the role to the tee. She is looking very cute as the mischievous partner of the main leads in the crime.

Technical Departments:

Story: Story of the film has a touch of 'Seetaramaiah gari manavaralu'. The story is pretty old and is very easily predictable.

Screenplay - direction: A Kodandarami Reddy, who came to the scene again after a hiatus of almost 8 years disappoints us with his work. The screenplay of the film is not proper. The direction of 'Tappuchesi Pappu Koodu' needs a lot to be desired. He seems to have lost the grip on pulses of audience. But he did a good job in getting the comedy timing right for a few scenes. But the overall impact is missing in providing the situational comedy.

Dialogues: Marudhuri Raja is known for his comic punch and pun in dialogues. He stood as the saving grace with his dialogues for bad films like 'Neetho Cheppalani' and 'Manasunte Chalu' in the past. But he disappointed the audience with this film by not writing good comic dialogues for this comedy film.

Music: Music by Keeravani is an asset to the film. The first song 'Yaa Alla Hare Krishna' is a take off on Adnan Sami's 'Lift Karade' video. Mohan Babu's 'Gangaraju' song is a highlight of the film. Brindavanamali song is also very melodious. Rain song (Vaana Kodtandi) on Mohan Babu and Gracy is good. The background music by Keeravani is good. He used the Baha Men's 'Who lets the dogs out' tune very liberally in the first half as the background score.

Photography: V Jayaram's photography is also another asset. As the entire film is shot in Mumbai backdrop, he made sure that all landmark studded areas like Nariman Point (Oberai Towers), Marine Drive (Air India Building and Sea Face) and Fort (Gateway of India and Taj group of hotels) are well covered.

Analysis: First half of the film is little boring. Second half is entertaining compared to the first half. Overall, it is an average film. But with the names of Mohan Babu and A Kodandarami Reddy associated with this project, people expect more out of 'Tappuchesi Pappukoodu'. The strength of the film is mass comedy by Mohan Babu, Srikanth, Brahmanandam, Kota and Ali. Weakness of the film is script. The recent past has proved that the mass comedies (Hanuman Junction, O Chinnadana, Aaduthu Paaduthu) work well at box office. This film has chances of doing well in all mass centers. Srikanth earned the tag of lucky star this year with two consecutive hits under his belt (O Chinnadana and Aaduthu Paaduthu). We have to wait and see if he becomes third time lucky with this film.

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