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Jeevi rating: 3/5
: Soft guy turns serial killer
Genre: Action
Chitram Movies
: Mahesh Babu, Rakshita, Raasi, Talluri Rameswari, Ranganath, Kantha Rao, Gopichand, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Brahmaji, Suman Setty, Vijaya Chandar, Prakash Raj, Duvvasi Mohan, Tirupathi Prakash, Shakeela, Lakshmikanth, Rallapally, Master Jaya Krishna, Jeeva
Music: RP Patnaik
Lyrics: Kula sekhar
Photography: Sameer Reddy
Stunts: Horseman Babu
Editor: Shankar
Choreographer: Shankar
Producer - Dialogues - Story - Screenplay - Direction: Teja
Theatrical release date: 23rd May 2003


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Reddy (Jayaprakash Reddy) is a powerful mafia leader whose right hand is Devudu aka Devadaya Sharma (Gopichand). Devudu has a lover called Malli (Raasi). Reddy - who also like Malli - takes her to the bed, which is not liked by Devudu. In the process, Devudu kills Reddy and he becomes the leader of the mafia gang.

Venkateswarlu (Ranganath) is a fire officer. In an incident, Devudu sets the market place afire and Venkateswarlu rescues it with his fire fighting and at the same time Venkateswarlu slaps Devudu, as he continues throwing kerosene at the market place. Devudu holds grudge against Venkateswarlu and sends him to jail on a framed charge of murder.

Seetaram (Mahesh Babu) who is the son of Venkateswarlu tries to rescue his father from the jaws of police. But in the process, everybody starts asking him for money to do the work. At the end of the day, the police officer kills Venkateswarlu.

The rest of the story is about how Seetaram's mother (Talluri Rajeswari) takes revenge on the people responsible for the death of her husband with the help of her son Seetaram.

Artists Performence

Mahesh Babu: Mahesh Babu has stolen the show with his extraordinary performance in this film. He surely deserves an award for his histrionics. The way he says 'abaddam' at police station before interval shows the kind of maturity Mahesh attained with this film. This film has given Mahesh Babu an opportunity to exhibit another dimension of his acting and he proved himself again that he is no more just a 'prince' and he is graduated to the level of 'king'.

Rakshita: She looks pretty ordinary and unglamorous in this film. This film has very little significance for the heroine, as it's not a love story. Rakshita did well with in her limitations.

Raasi: Raasi played the role of carrot eating temptress in this film. She looks absolutely fantastic, as she shed lots of weight in this film. She has more role to play in this film than the heroine Rakshita. All the people who like Raasi would love to see her in this get up.

Others: Talluri Rameswari has done a very good role that is pretty instrumental to the story. She did it with command and perfect poise. Gopichand had two get-ups in this film. He is good. Suman Setty got an interesting role for which he has done justice. Brahmaji did a major role in this film as a corrupt police officer. Prakash Raj entertained the crowds in his own style as the CBI officer. Vijaya Chandar did the role of police commissioner. His get up for the film is good. Shakeela played the role of married amazon who is in love with a neighbor.

Technical Departments:

Story: The basic story of the film is about how a soft natured guy becomes a hardcore serial killer due to the circumstances he faced. Certain part of this film reminds us of Shankar's Bharateeyudu.

Screenplay - Direction: Teja who has a firm grip on the pulses of mass made sure that he injected a few scenes that hit hard and make an impression on the mindset of viewers. However, Teja could not sustain the flow of narration in the second half. You could see a few Teja brand of applause-worthy scenes as well. Screenplay of the scenes before interval is very effective and it builds the tempo of the film gradually.

Dialogues: Some of the dialogues by Teja are very good. The best one among such dialogues is comparing Allah to Nijam. That scene has come out really well because of this logical dialogue. The voice over message by Teja at the end of the film is also good. Teja has the unique ability of questioning the systems and producers, which are blindly followed without looking at logic or reasoning. In this film too, he penned few dialogues of that sort.

Music: Background music by RP Patnaik is excellent. Songs are also good. But there is only one song - Neelo vunnadi nenegaa - that has good situational backup. The much talked about Rathalu song is missing in the film.

Cinematography: Photography by Sameer Reddy is good. The lighting effects in the second half complement the mood of the film.

The first half of the film is OK. The second half is sluggish at times and is weak compared to first half. The second half lacks entertainment value. It's strange to see that even Teja has resorted to separate comedy track in this film with Shakeela & Lakshmipati. The initial teasing by Rakshita crosses the limit of decency and family crowds are bound to get embarrassed. Over all, it's an average film that has chances to become hit because of the Teja's mass-attracting episodes and Mahesh Babu's brilliant portrayal of the character.

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