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Sasirekha Parinayam January 11, 2009

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I just couldn’t get myself to not see this film after I saw the trailer. The enduring image of Genelia, fully dressed in her wedding attire and jewellery rising from the river was too hard to resist (and no bikinis can top that).

A bride on the run. The guy who helps her along the way. And the love that blossoms. Sasirekha Parinayam is a bit more than that but I wouldn’t want to give away some of the surprise elements.

Like his recent ventures, writer-director Krishna Vamsi’s latest is another watchable film. The plot is quite simple (it is a road movie like Jab We Met but isn’t anything like that film). The humor is appealing. The music (Mani Sarma) is good. The performances are impressive. The film doesn’t bore you for the most part. And it also has a message.

KV tackles another social issue this time. The lack of importance given to the bride’s feelings/opinions in arranged marriages (of course, that may not always be the case). KV tries to remind the audience about the responsibilities of a married woman in the Indian society and how the transition might scare a young girl, especially if she isn’t given a choice. But this is only a part of the film that is otherwise looking to entertain.

I was initially worried about watching another KV film with a joint family in it. However, my apprehensions were soon removed. The film revolves around Genelia’s Sasirekha and Tarun’s Anand. Sasirekha is the bubbly type of girl that Genelia has played often in the recent past. Despite that, she still gets the scope to perform (the scene where she is drunk and the one in the Auto instantly come to mind) and she shines once again. Tarun makes a good foil but he is overshadowed by Genelia. Nevertheless, this is a good comeback for him. Ahuti Prasad plays a role reminiscent of his part in Chandamama and I am still thoroughly amused by the accent and dialogue delivery.

Despite everything, the film still fell a little short of my expectations. I have come to expect a lot from KV but he probably has simpler goals. So, there isn’t anything particularly novel in the film. Except for one smart misdirection, it is quite predictable. Also post-interval, there isn’t much to really hold your interest because you know the what and the how doesn’t matter all that much. Nevertheless, the film is an entertaining commercial venture. Don’t expect too much from this one because it is a Krishna Vamsi film and you should find it an enjoyable experience.

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After two dumbed-down attempts at entertaining the audience in Bujjigadu and Chirutha, writer-director Puri Jagannath comes out with a better product. While those films lacked interesting plots, abounded in unnecessary characters and the latter was, more or less, a bunch of random events strung together by a wafer-thin storyline, this film overcomes most of those problems. Puri has admirably woven the screenplay, incorporating numerous issues faced by the various players in the Telugu film industry and that is the USP of this film.

While the film focuses mainly on the struggle of an assistant director (Ravi Teja), his love story with a film dancer (Siya) and his confrontation with a goon (Supreet), these did not really hold my interest. Instead, the minor interludes – the story of a fan, the adulation for his favorite star and the havoc it wreaks on his life, the fans’ dual response to a star’s flop film, the audiences’ dishonest responses for television, the problems faced by producers in an industry with a low success rate and so on – are much more engrossing.

Where the film fails is in its presentation as a commercial film. The songs never seem like a part of the film and some of the action could have been avoided. They don’t really gel with the interesting and very believable issues being tackled. This could have been a better film but Puri needs to applauded for even going this far with a big star.

While Ravi Teja does well as the main protagonist, the film gives a chance for some of the supporting players to get noticed. Younger actors like Sairam Shankar (Danger, 143) and Subbaraju (Shock) get good parts as the fan and the star respectively. Debutant Siya is alright for her part and Supreet looks menacing. Seasoned players like Sayaji Shinde and Brahmanandam (as director Idli Viswanath) chip in and Mumaith Khan gets a cameo.

Chakri’s score has a couple of hummable tunes but nothing particularly noteworthy (and his singing is as irritating as ever).

If you are looking for entertainment, you can safely skip this one. If you are in the mood for a relatively sensible commercial Telugu film (considering that the oxymoron were possible), this wouldn’t be a bad choice.