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Predictable Moral Class, Some Humor
APK | May 25, 2007
Rating: ** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Venumadhav, Suhasini, LB Sriram, Geetanjali, Brahmanandam, Ali, Krishna Bhagawan, Kondavalasa, Jeeva, Janardhan Maharshi, Devender Danoa, Gowri Munjal and Others.
Cinematography: V. Srinivasa Reddy.
Lyrics: Chandrabose-Suddala Ashokteja-Shiva Sakthi Datta.
Music: MM Keeravani-Rohitraj.
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Siva Nageswara Rao.
Producer: B. Gurunatha Reddy.
Presenter: B. Narayana Reddy.
Banner: Sri Pragati Films.
Release Date: 25th May, 2007.
If Suneel can, if a younger Brahmanandam could, if Ali can, then so can Venu Madhav-be the lead, that is. With a host of other regular comedians in tow and 'Money' fame Siva Nageswara Rao directing the movie, there was a lot of scope for an original storyline and loads of laughs. But the storyline is very regular; it is a simple plot about a simple guy who turns bigheaded when he gets money, then learns his lesson after he spends it all. Compared to the director's previous unforgettable 'Money' series, this just fades.
Plot Kailasam is a milk man who has two acres of land. With the whole ring road thing that comes up, he gets to sell his land for 50 crores an acre. He makes 100 crores, leaves his simple parents that were against selling the land and his fiancé, also his cousin. He teams up with his friend (Janardhan Maharshi), stays in a 5 star suite, spends on a movie starring him that never gets made, buys a newspaper publication and finally is exploited by a crooked politician. How he goes through the journey of being a simple villager to a rich man is the plot.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The movie is close to reality at times. The whole business of the ring road coming, plots reaching obscene rates and small-time farmers/villagers making truckloads of money is a recent phenomena. Then the second half is dominated by the famous Manikyam character from the director's earlier flick 'Money'. The exploitation of someone unwise to the ways of the film world is not unheard of. That also seems very real, and the comedy situational.
The whole village scenario is filled with different characters played by MS Narayana (doctor), Raghubabu (as Kailasam's rival), Krishna Bhagwan, Jeeva, Suman Shetty and others. The comedy track on the moon after they all get drunk is stupid, but funny at the same time. This is where the merits of the movie end. It is predictable, right from the beginning. Using Manikyam in this movie also fails to make much of an impact because of the lack of originality.
Overall the movie has nothing much to boast about, except perhaps humor sprinkled on top, even if it's a little vulgar at times. Best dialogue of the movie is when Ali makes Kailasam into Kailash Babu (a dig at all the star-sons) and says 'Ivala veedu silly fellow, repu legend'. The Swami (Rallapalli) and his predictions and the climax with Kailasam and his cousin belong to a 1960 movie. Ali's narration of the movie plot is good.
Performances Venu Madhav is a powerhouse of talent, no doubt about that. As a comic lead he does stay afloat. Brahmanandam and Suneel are wasted. The rest of them from MS Narayana to Suman Shetty to Ali-do their bit well. Mumait is good, dubbing is bad. The other female lead (Suhasini) is okay.
Song and Dance The songs are good, nothing memorable, but enjoyable while they last. Mumait sizzles while Venu Madhav manages to look comic throughout.
Last Word The story defies logic, as any man cannot be that stupid. But even so, the comedy expected out of a movie with a comic lead and loads of other characters does not reach up to the mark. Just an average movie with nothing much to offer. A dash of humor notwithstanding, it's a yawn.