Art: AS Prakash.
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations.
Choreography: Shobi-Prem Rakshit.
Cinematography: Sekhar V. Joseph.
Dialogues: M. Ratnam.
Editing: Goutam Raju.
Lyrics: Ananth Sriram.
Music: MM Keeravani.
Presenter: Smt. Anitha.
Story, Screenplay & Director: Srivass.
Priya Anand, Ram and Bindu Madhavi Guess it will take a while for us to get over the oft-repeated subjects. It’s the hero’s (Ram) brother falling in love with Arjun’s (mafia don) sister and now the onus is on Ram and Arjun’s youngest sister to make things easy for them from elopement to marriage. Also there is an additional responsibility, Ram who plays Ramakrishna has to keep Arjun’s mafia history under wraps when the D day arrives and Arjun’s adversary landing in the village to wreak vengeance.
Such themes have been made and remade so many times that even if it means that director Srivass had treated it differently, one can’t but help terming it hackneyed. The music too is repetitive and doesn’t have a single track that is likely to stay on your mind for some time, the songs keep propping up now and then and despite Ram’s indisputable ouevre for dances.
The first half of the film is pretty much engaging but once the line is revealed the viewer loses interest, the climax is lengthy. Srivass puts too much on a little plate, attempts to develop each character logically, there is a small story on Sayaji Shinde, a plot on Arjun on how he took to violence, one on Nasser, two love stories and Raghu, Prithviraj’s rivalry with Nasser, Arjun’s trusted lieutenant and finally a track featuring Brahmanandam meant to provide relief.
All this packaged with songs, dances and the inevitable blasting of cars, stabbing and gun fights. As the story moves from Mumbai to Godavari and back to Mumbai and Godavari, you are treated to the regular dose of romance, light-hearted moments, action, songs but what you can see is the lack of strong emotions. Thankfully the filmmaker didn’t bump off Bindu Madhavi in one of the climax fights and made her take her unrequited love story sportively.
Priya Anand who looked a put on in Leader has improved a lot, she looks simple, plain and pleasing and chipped in a convincing performance, sad to see Bindu Madhavi doing a flimsy role. Should the film taste any success at the box-office the director alone has to take credit for that, for churning a boring affair into a okay watch. This old wine in new bottle has Ram giving a perfectly tuned in performance, he doesn’t look glamorous though and is supported by a spirited Srinivas Reddy and company.
Brahmanandam does cheer up and livens up the proceedings. Arjun gets to play a good part of the film and he breezes through with his experience. Some films are made just to kill time, not to appeal to your intellect, watch it if you’ve genuine fun and belief in that genre.