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Amalapuram Is Put To Shame
Cast: Ravi Prakash, Raja Sridhar, Anil, Nitya Das, Dharmavarapu, Krishna Bhagawan, Kondavalasa, MVS Haranatha Rao and Others.
Camera: K Naga Srinivas.
Dance: Pavan Shankar.
Editing: Muthyala Nani.
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue & Direction: Varma.
Producer: K Seetha Alivelu.
Banner: 9 Movie Makers.
It is the story of three vagabonds calling themselves '1, 2, 3'. They are brothers born into a middle class family of Narasimha (Narasimha Raju). MVS Haranatha Rao plays president of the village panchayat and Malladi Raghava plays a teacher Raghava. A girl named Aswani (Nitya Das) arrives there and stays with the teacher. She makes friends with 1, 2, 3. When one of them puts his hand on her while playing a dirty game of 'Amma, Naanna', she gets upset. The president takes advantage of this and wants to send them away from the village, because he is also a victim of their cheap pranks.
Parandhamudu (Ravi Prakash), eldest of the three brothers and a woman (Hema) are brought into focus as a pair having illicit relations. She gets married to Krishna Bhagawan, a lawyer. Aswani is a tennis player and wants to take part in Hyderabad Tennis meet and win the championship. The brothers are in Vijag now to where this girl also arrives. One day they are shocked to notice Aswani making a bid to commit suicide by jumping in to sea waters. They save her. She then tells her story that comes to us a small flashback. She is the daughter of a retired military officer. But he remarried after the death of Aswani's mother. His second wife's brother, a faction leader, wants to marry her and terminate her life as a sportswoman. That is why she walked out of the house, but faced another problem in her tennis coach. He wants her to spend a night with him as 'Guru Dakshina'. She then came into protection of her teacher Raghava (Malladi Raghava), who in turn hands over the responsibility of protecting her to these brothers.
Now that the brothers saved her from her suicide bid, they give her moral support and then assure her that they would stand by her in her pursuit to win the championship. The faction leader who wanted to marry her, arrives there. The Amalapuram trio of brothers save her and put her in a train to Hyderabad. As the friends await her return, the last scene is set showing her running to them with a championship cup in hand.
The entire first half is boring drama that sits on nerves. The three brothers, son of a retired man (Narasimha Raju) are confirmed vagabonds roaming the streets of Amalapuram. Their behavior is so repulsive and immoral that even villagers resent them. Raviprakash, the elder of the brothers, even has an affair with a middle class woman (Hema). She shamelessly proclaims that she would even continue this relationship with him even after marriage. For Ravi Prakash she is the source of his income. He maintains relations with her because she was giving money, for his needs. The other two boys also had this kind of behavior. Their failing in the exams repeatedly is always big news. They study in the same class for years. The three boys who played these roles also look clumsy and indecent in looks and behavior. The only positive aspect of the story is helping the girl to travel to Hyderabad. The sequences that show how these boys punish the tennis coach look stupid. Their story is linked to an astrologer who predicts they would not stay in the village and would move to another place as their good days are around. Symbolically three cranes in the water start flying away into the skies, as if the three brothers are leaving Amalapuram and are shifting to Vijag. But there is nothing to show the effect of 'good days' that changed the life of the Amalapuram vagabond trio. Though the approach for the subject is like treating it as a comedy, the scenes sit heavy on the mind. The girl who played tennis never displayed that skill. Even her story never had the bearings of a story that warrant a suicide bid. Everything is artificial, including performances. MVS Haranatha Rao as president of the village has nothing to perform. And the artistes group playing faction leader and his men, just parade in and out of the screen, occasionally. Music is marked by a couple of songs that carry the voice of SP Balasubramanyam.