Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Anjali, Samantha, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha,
Action: Vijay, Vijayan
Editing: Marthand K.Venkatesh
Backround Score: Mani Sharma
Music: Mickey J.Meyer
Producer: ‘Dil’ Raju
Story-Screenplay-Dialogues-Direction: Srikanth Addala
CBFC Rating: ‘U’
Release date: 11-01-2013
Story: Peddodu(Venkatesh) and Chinnodu(mahesh) are brothers and they are in their job trails in cities. Prakash raj and Jayasudha look after their maternal daughter-in-law Seethamma(Anjali). chinnodu falls in love with Geetha(Samantha) when they meet in a relative’s marriage. The whole movie is about living life happily without harming others and being helpful to everyone we come across.
Performances: Venkatesh was good as usual, Mahesh babu is superb and grown up as an actor a lot. Anjali is very good and samantha is passable. Jayasudha was natural. Prakashraj is impressive as always. Rohini Hattangadi, Kota Srinivas rao, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani very good. The remaining supporting cast was good. Art work is fine. editing could have been better. Cinematography is top rated. Music was good. The screenplay is predictable at times and the narration is slow.
Analysis: Venkatesh was good, He was subtle in emotional scenes. Mahesh was brilliant, he delivered most of the subtle expressions with his eyes. His slang was good initially but later it appeared artificial. Anjali is the show stealer, her expressive eyes delivered every thing, she has a long run to go in Telugu industry. Samantha was okay and her smile looked very much artificial and plastic. Music by Mickey.J.Meyer was good. All the songs were suitable to the situations and are script oriented. Lyrics by Ananth sriram and Sitaram Sastry are good. Background score by Manisharma brought soul to the film. Cinematography by Guhan was good, he made the middle class house look rich and colorful. Editing was not crisp. Art was is fine. The screenplay was not exciting. The Direction is good in some scenes. The production values are good.
The director was not clear in certain aspects, in terms of characterizations — Venkatesh character could have been well established based on his straight forward nature. some establishment scenes after he loses his job could have helped in elevating his nature. Mahesh character was limited to commenting girls in Hyderabad and acting(biting his grandma and laughing) in the village and talking over phone with heroine all through..
The dialogues in the second half are good. It’s a mix of old fashioned ones and the contemporary(Ganesh patro and Srikanth Addala). The complete first half was good with the characters introduction and the narration was smooth. There was a lag in the second half even though there are some good emotionally touching scenes. Chinnodu telling to Peddodu on the terrace to take decision independently. Chinnodu giving warning to Rao Ramesh in the restaurant. The complete Bhadrachalam episode(even though the transformer scene was little dramatic) was handled well.
Anjali was fantastic and she literally lifted some scenes in the second half. Rohini Hattangadi was good. Prakash raj was subtle. Rao ramesh impresses with his characterization, the remaining supporting cast fitted to the roles well. Ravi babu’s character was introduced well and lacked importance later. The drawbacks of the film are — there is absolutely no story, scenes were not filled with required emotional depth. Audience may get bored with too many phone talking scenes between Mahesh babu and Samantha, Mahesh boarding train in Relangi station(too many times) and Venkatesh coming to give him sendoff, lack of entertainment or funny episodes which may provide relief to the common Audience, neither the director highlighted/ concentrated on core village traditions and customs, how they are drastically falling now in present generation.
Do not got to the movie with heavy expectations(expecting a multi-starrer), the story is simple(absolutely nothing). The scenes are realistic and very close to heart and one can get connected easily with the roles well. Lack of strong emotions and dragged slow narration make you stand at the same place where the story has started even after the movie ends up. It’s a simple realistic film done by big stars. Different and sensible movie likers may love the movie a lot. There are chances of clicking in the ‘A’ centers for it’s sensible narration, we have to wait for the B,C centers response. The family Audience response is also awaited.
Plus: Performances, Sensible scenes, Music
Minus: Slow Narration, Entertainment, commercial elements
Verdict: Feel good flick and it is not for all. Masses may not like it as it’s not a routine commercial pot boiler.