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Pellaina Kothalo May 18, 2007

Posted by Sai in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.

After his success as a writer for Chandra Sidhartha’s Aa Naluguru, Madan turns director with this film (which he has also written). The film is a romantic comedy that deals with the travails of a newly married couple played by Jagapathi Babu and Priya Mani. Since the marriage is an arranged one, the couple have yet to discover each other and form an emotional bond. In this scenario, they are advised by their close friends (Jhansi, Krishna Bhagwan) that it is important to gain the upper hand in marriage from the first day itself. Trying to heed the advice of their friends, the two end up misunderstanding each other. Ego hassles pull them further apart resulting in a impending divorce. However, before they can go through with the process, they are coaxed by his grandparents (Kota Srinivasa Rao, Geetanjali) to visit their village and perform some rituals. During their stay, they learn about married life from the grandparents and understand each other better.

The structure and theme of this film are very similar to Chandra Sidhartha’s Raja-Shriya Reddy starrer Appudappudu. Madan takes up a nice idea and creates a screenplay based on some real issues that are seen with newly married couples, especially in today’s times. However, the resulting work is somewhat over the top and exaggerated. Nevertheless, the intention is good and some of the observant dialogue helps in getting the point across. Using the Siva-Parvathi story to highlight these issues was a neat idea.

Another drawback is the attempt to force the comedy tracks featuring Brahmanandam-Kovai Sarala and Sunil-Venu Madhav into the narrative. These are unconnected to the main plot and only act as road blocks (not to mention that they were unfunny). Some of the humor is definitely on target. The most hilarious of the lot being a take on the responses of call center reps.

Jagapathi Babu is dependable as usual and Priya Mani does an appreciable job as well. Kota and Geetanjali are a treat to watch. The rest of the supporting cast and comedians are adequate with Astha Singhal and Raju Sundaram chipping in as the exes of the couple. Newcomer Agasthya comes up with some hummable numbers with Chelivo and Siri Siri Muvvalle being the pick of the lot. The choreography is nothing to rave about except the Salsa in the initial stages of the film. Jagapathi Babu is horrible at Salsa but Astha Singhal does a hot job of it.

Watchable if you aren’t too picky.


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