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Movie review - Santosham - by Gudipoodi Srihari
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Genre: Love
Banner: Sri Durga Arts
Cast: Nagarjuna, Gracy Singh, Sriya, Prabhudeva, K Viswanath, Sunil, Chandramohan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Prighvi, Bharani, L.B. Sriram, 'Ahuti' Prasad, Benerjee, Master Akshay, Sumithra, Sudha and Anitha Chowdary.
Dialogues: Diwakar Babu
Lyrics: Sirivennela & Kula Sekhar
Camera: S Gopal Reddy
Art: Ashok
Music: RP Patnaik
Editing: Krishna Reddy
Screenplay: Gopi Mohan & Dasarath
Story - Dialogues - Direction: Dasarath
KL Narayana
Theatrical Release Date: 9th May 2002

Gudipoodi Srihari Review

'A clean film' may not be an adequate way of describing the movie. The film on which the production team has pinned so many hopes is, however, not free from influences. If you have seen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, then you may feel a wee bit nostalgic while watching Santhosham. However, this does not come in the way of your liking the film.

A clean comedy sans villains and muscle flexing, with a bit of sentimental touch is al that is there to the film, in a nutshell. The theme has two nice plots intertwined beautifully with one leading to the other quite smoothly. There is something gives so much importance to his wife's family that after his wife's demise he tries hard to get accepted by his in-laws.

The film is about Kartikeya, an architect from New Zealand, and his wife Padmavathi aka Paddu. It is also about Paddy's family - her father, mother, brothers, uncles, aunts and cousins included. It is about Lucky, the couple's four-year-old son, whose entry into the grandparents' household is Paddu's dream before she succumbs to an accident in New Zealand.

After the demise of his beloved wife, a visibly shaken Kartik reaches Venkatapalem in West Godavari district to attend the marriage of Paddu's cousin.

Bhanu, another cousin, who earlier encourages and helps love blossom between Paddu and Kartik, now falls for Kartik. There is a love triangle when Pavan, a childhood friend, is head-over-heels in love with Bhanu who treats him more like a friend.

The rest of the story and the end are quite predictable, and the path chosen for this is loaded with comedy and sentiment, not blood and gore. While Nagarjuna as Kartikeya looks his best with the trim-and-fit appearance, the leading ladies opposite him, Gracy as Paddu, with her expressive eyes, and Shriya as Bhanu with her glamorous looks, are equally good in the their roles.

Prabhudeva plays lover-boy Pavan, Veterans like Chandramohan, Tanikella, Sudha and Kota Srinivasa Rao and popular TV stars like Anitha Chowdhary and Prithvi essay their brief roles well. K. Viswanath gets a similar role as that of A.N.R. in Seetharamayyagari Manavaralu and the doyen excels in the job.

The roles portrayed by comedians Sunil and Brahmanandam are a highlight in the film. The scenes involving them are a treat. R.P. Patnaik definitely makes it to the big league with a bang. His music is different from his earlier films, has more class and is already making waves in the audio market.

Debutant director Dasaradh has done a good job. A film worth watching.

courtesy: The Hindu

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