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Disappointment Even To Fans
Rating: ** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: NBK, Katrina Kaif, Charmi, Mukesh Rishi, Rahul Dev, Punit Issar, Tanikella Bharani, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raghubabu, Subbaraju, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Chalapathi Rao and Others.
Cinematography: Ajay Vincent.
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers.
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh.
Music: Mani Sharma.
Stunts: Vikram Dharma.
Direction: Jayant C Paranji.
Producer: MRV Prasad.
Banner: PB Art Productions.
Release Date: 5th October, 2005.
You start talking about the film and its theme, the other person who listens to it is sure to comment on every scene saying either it is copy from one or the other themes or call it an absurd scene. And the final comment would be with exclamation - "What! Is this the way a Balakrishna film is made!" Indeed the very concept of the film is too routine, often seen on Indian screen. Balakrishna plays dual roles and has two women allotted to each character. The elder boy is good man named Ranjit and the younger is Allari Pidugu, Giri. Therefore their father Chakravarthi (Punit Issar) treats Giri as good for nothing fellow till the last reel, when that Allari Pidugu comes to the rescue of the same father and also his elder brother too. This bit of information is enough for us to write the film off. Except music and photography the film is poor in all the departments of cinematography art. Director Jayant Paranjape turned out a poor film once again and appears to have not learned a lesson from previous failures. The two actresses – so called heroines – have been reduced to the level of dancing dolls with scant dresses or mischief mongers as pranks always are the fore play before falling in love.
The father Chakravarthi is an army major. Punit Issar, for a change, plays this good man. By the time the titles are over, his two sons Ranjit and Giri (both played by Balakrishna) grow up into young men. The elder boy is a good guy and the younger is mischievous and hence becomes butt of his father's ridicule. The army major has his own set of enemies led by GK (Mukhesh Rishi). While the two sons of the army major were still children Major notices a convoy of armory being transported. Being an army man, he checks them with ease. But the villains turn the case against him and get him arrested on the charge of the Major himself was indulging in smuggling activities. They produce enough of witnesses that gets him life term and sent to jail. But he tells his brother-in-law (Kota Srinivasa Rao) to inform his two sons and wife (Sumitra) that he was caught by Pakistani insurgents. The father wants to tell this lie to keep the morale of his sons quite high. Thus the Major character is relegated to the background leaving field to the two brothers who are grown up now, by the time their fathers returns. The elder boy Ranjit becomes Police officer. And the younger, Giri, is also kept busy in checking social crime. Therefore he becomes more popular than the police officer. Now it is the turn of Ranjit to become the target of villains. He too is arrested on false charges. But he escapes. And police never bother to search for him as Giri has to get into his elder brother's shoes. It is for Giri to undertake damage control. He impersonates his look alike brother Ranjit and punishes the villains. He also exposes the villains to the world who even troubled their father. The climax is built around the father and his two sons in this action drama.
But for that small variation in make up, Balakrishna's two characters are indistinguishable. They must be identical twins, perhaps. Katrina is paired with Ranjit, while Charmi goes to Giri's share. And both have no significant role to play. Every sequence smells rot. Unfortunately Balakrishna too could never rise to the film's rescue with his histrionic sense. He too plays like he did always with his typical mannerisms and fast diction. Music is enjoyable but picturization of these songs is poor, except the song 'Dicky, Dicky', which is better choreographic work. Tanikella and Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao get small roles in this drama of no consequence.