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Venky February 4, 2007

Posted by Sai in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.

This is quite an entertaining film written and directed by Srinu Vaitla (Anandam, Sontham, Nee Kosam). Four completely bewarse guys led by Venky (Ravi Teja) while away their time. Venky happens to believe in an astrologer and follows his directions hoping for a great future (reminding you of E.V.V. Satyanarayana’s Aa Okkati Adakku). During one such episode, he lands a job as a police officer along with his friends. While traveling to Hyderabad for training, he meets a girl (Sneha) on the train and believes she would be his life partner. The girl dislikes him and rejects him. At this point an unexpected occurrence changes their lives, interlinking their futures.

One thing that you observe in most of Vaitla’s films is that he rarely fails with comedy. This movie is no exception. The first half of the movie is a laugh riot. Ravi Teja’s antics, dialogue delivery, Vaitla’s writing and Kona Venkat’s dialogue all but made me fall off my seat in the first half.

Another notable aspect of this film is Devi Sri Prasad’s music. After having scored lasting melodies in movies like Anandam, Kalusukovalani, Sontham, Manmadhudu and Khadgam, Devi got the chance to do hardcore mass numbers and he grabbed it with both hands. Unfortunately though, this led to big heroes and more mass films, resulting in below par work. The Gongura Thotakada song is my favorite of the lot.

From an extra to a hero with a huge fan following, Ravi Teja has come a long way. He is highly adept at comedy and is always great to watch. Sneha doesn’t get much to do here. Ashutosh Rana plays the role of an inspector and comes up with a typical performance (which I’m quite bored with). The comedians in the supporting cast including Brahmanandam, Venu Madhav and Chitram Seenu do a good job.

We don’t see too many mainstream Telugu films that fall under the mystery or thriller genres, so this movie does feel fresh in that aspect (of course, few logical flaws are expected). Though it scores adequate points on that front, where it really succeeds is with the comedy. If you enjoy comedy and haven’t seen this one yet, don’t miss the first half of this film (and you just might want to rewatch it again).


1. Shujath - February 4, 2007

It really isn’t the mystery part where this film scores….but as you rightly said the laughs in the first half are something one might watch this flick for. Quite an entertaining timepass fare on the whole.

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