Rayalaseema faction stories are moving in a set pattern now.
This story is no different. The hero stays somewhere and returns
to his village to wreak vengeance. Like in Bharata Simha Reddy,
Balakrishna plays the dual role of father and son - a factionist
and a sincere police officer, respectively. The father-son
clash looks routine and dilutes the spirit of the movie.
The film opens with son's character, Bharat who's an ACP.
His boss' (Vizag Prasad's) daughter Preethi (Shriya) falls
in love with him. All this love drama happens in some city,
which is far away from the hero's native town Pulivendula
in Rayalaseema. Bharat's whereabouts are a guarded secret,
as his family enemy (Ananthraj) is on the prowl to kill him.
A parallel story is that of Bharat's father Chennakesava Reddy.
A police officer (Sivakrishana) stationed at Pulivendula keeps
this politician Ananthraj and his men under check. He notices
a statue in the village and learns that it is of one Chennakesava
Reddy, supposed to have been dead.
He is then transferred to Tihar jail where he finds Chennakesava
Reddy serving sentence for the last 22 years. He manages to
get him out legally. Chennakesava Reddy's return turns out
to be a big event for the natives of Pulivenula, including
his wife Devi (Tabu).
But Ananthraj is shocked and is forced to leave the palatial
building of Chennakesava Reddy he was occupying till then.
The police officer son also returns. But he resents his father's
criminal record and his wish to finish his rivals. This friction
between father and son proves to be the weakest point of the
film. There comes the flashback at this stage, explaining
why Chennakesava Reddy is bent upon taking revenge. The film
has a gory end.
Balakrishna presents well the two roles of father and son.
Only Devayanai who plays Chennakesava's sister has some sensible
role connected to the main story, while Tabu and Shriya just
play secondary roles. Comedy takes a back seat with Brahmanandam
and L.B. Sriram failing to make and impact. Mani Sarma's music
score is interesting.