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Jeevi rating: 4/5
: Complete family entertainer
Can kids watch this film?
Yes (no vulgarity and no violence)
Sri Sai Deva Productions
: Venkatesh, Kalyani, Arti Agarwal, Tanikella Bharani, Chandra Mohan, Surya, Vizag Prasad, Ahuti Prasad, Delhi Rajeswari, Akash, Sunil, Siva Reddy, Hema, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Vijaya Bhaskar, LB Sriram, Ananth, Junior Relangi, Raja Sri, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Devi Sri, Prasad Babu, Master Teja, Master Shashak, Baby Srihitha and VVS Laxman (special appearance)

Dialogues: Chintapally Ramana
Music: SA Raj Kumar
Songs: Veturi, Sirivennela, Kulasekhar & Chandrabose
Art: Raju
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Co-director: Uma Maheswara Rao
Producer: NV Prasad & Sanam Naga Ashok Kumar
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Vikraman
Release date: 11 July 2003


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Ashok (Venkatesh) and Julie (Kalyani) are childhood friends. Ashok is like a family member of Julie's family. They are pretty close and they believe that friendship is above love. They do not have any love feelings towards each other. After they grow up Julie's father (Chandra Mohan) dies and Ashok brings Julie to his house and she stays along with his family. Nandini (Arti Agarwal) is from a rich family and Ashok falls in love with her and they get married. The rest of film revolves around how Ashok and Nandini get Julie married.

Artists Performence

Venkatesh: It's a tailor made role and you can't imagine any other actor doing justice to the role. It's a Venky's character all the way. He did his typical slow steps in the songs. He did a very likable and most natural character in this film after 'Nuvvu Naaku Nachav'. He enlivened the sympathetic character with élan and in the process he ends up in getting sympathies of the audience as well. Venky's costumes in this film are very attractive.

Arti Agarwal: This film is a welcoming change from a glam doll character to a demure role for Arti Agarwal. She played the role of an obedient and dutiful wife's role in this film. She looks very homely. However, she should seriously consider slimming down a bit to last longer in Tollywood. She has so much of craze among the audiences that she got almost applause at par with Venkatesh from the masses when she appeared on the screen for the first time.

Kalyani: Kalyani donned the role of a homely looking Christian girl. She did not have make up and bindi (bottu) to suit the role. Though she had a very good footage in the film, her role did not have any score for exhibiting great histrionics. But, everybody would agree that Kalyani is a perfect fit for the role of Julie.

Jai Akash: Akash is a surprise pack of this film. He appears only 4 times in this film. His acting in the climax is an asset to this film.

Others: Chandra Mohan played a lovable character of Kalyani's father. Siva Reddy and Sunil played the roles of hero's sidekicks. Dharmavarapu Subramanyam had a separate comedy track in this film in the combination with Sunil and Siva Reddy. The comedy generated by Hema and Surya in the second half is hilarious. Master Teja - as the childhood hero - performed well. VVS Laxman appeared in a 1 minute role as a cricket coach for Venky. He did his own dubbing.

Technical Departments:

Story: The story in the first half of the film reminds us of the Chiranjeevi's 'Iddaru Mitrulu' storyline. The climax scene is little similar to Raja. The main thread of the story is very simple.

Screenplay - direction: Director Vikraman proved again why he is called as the master of 'screenplay'. With a simple and yet unconvincing basic storyline, he had woven the scenes in such a way that he convinces that the relationship between Kalyani and Venkatesh is just friendship and no love. This film is an out and out 'Vikraman' film with deft screenplay and good direction. He proved a point again, that a film can become a good entertainer without even having a single fight or a mass dialogue. There is one particular scene where Arti Agarwal challenges her sister about the ability of her husband to become big in life. That particular scene made the masses go gaga over it.

Music: Vikraman knows how to extract the right music for his films from SA Raj Kumar. All the songs are good in the film with neat picturization. 'Ammo Ammayena' tune is repeatedly used as a communicator for the love episodes between Venkatesh with Arti. 'Gaali Chirugaali' tune is effectively used to highlight the relationship and emotions between Venkatesh and Kalyani. The songs are very well knitted in to the storyline of the film. Background music is apt.

Dialogues: Dialogues by Chintapally Ramana are appropriate for serious scenes and hilarious for comedy ones. The way he defines how friendship is bigger than love is very convincing and justified the basic point of the film. Vikraman wrote the dialogues for Tamil version and Chintapally Ramana has used those dialogues to nativize them in Telugu without losing the real essence and flavor.

Camera: Photography of the film is good. The foreign locations in the songs are well captured.

Production: The producers Sanam Naga Ashok Kumar and NV Prasad maintained good production standards for bringing out this film as a good entertainer.

The movie starts off with the childhood of Venkatesh and Kalyani and story is built up slowly by establishing the characters of Venkatesh and Kalyani along with their families. Arti shows up in the film after two songs are over. With entry of Arti Agarwal's character, the pace of Vasantham gains momentum. The climax of the film is excellent. The strengths of this film are perfecting casting, good screenplay and soothing music. The only drawback of the film is that there is nothing new in terms of the storyline. This film is clean and would definitely appeal to the family crowds and ladies. Vasantham is a hit for sure. The magnitude of the hit depends on how well the family crowds embraces this entertainer. You can watch this film by taking your entire family.

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