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Old Wine In New Bottle
Cast: Aryan Rajesh, Naresh, Anu Mehta, Suman, Ramaprabha, Chandra Mohan, Chalapati Rao, Tulasi, LB Sriram, Ali, Mallikarjuna Rao, Krishna Bhagawan, Rajesh, Kondavalasa, Lakshmipathi and Others.
Camera: V Srinivas Reddy.
Story, Screenplay, Producer & Direction: EVV Satyanarayana.
Banner: EVV Cinema.
Considering the style of making love stories by EVV, one is sure to feel, after watching this film, that he made a different film this time compared to what he had made earlier. Perhaps this is the first film in which both father and his two sons figure. And the film is made under their own banner. EVV carefully crafted a story that suits the tenor of his sons Rajesh and Naresh. Both the boys are quite at home in performing the roles they are given. But a look at the texture of the characters, we feel Naresh gets a challenging role to present than his brother's, which looks quite civilized and gentlemanly. Both have already established themselves suitable to take up action parts too. Hence their father created scope even for a bit of action drama.
Rajesh, living abroad with his grandmother (Ramaprabha), comes to India to select a bride for him, on the pressure brought up by the old lady. It so happens that the girl, whom he liked much is in love with another man. He does not know about this, till her father informs him of that. This other man is Naresh, who is addressed in the village as 'Devudu'. Who this Devudu is and how he came into the protection of the village head (Suman) is narrated in a flashback drama. The gist of it is that Devudu grows in Suman's house and his daughter Radha gets attracted to his good ways. They are lovers now. On knowing this, her father gets upset. In fact Devudu himself goes to him innocently and begs to get them wed as both are in love with each other. Suman, regarded as a gentleman and above the cast politics, reveals totally a different character now of a vicious person. He quietly sends Devudu to his friend (Chalapati Rao) who is in fishing business at Vijag and with a letter. He writes in that letter one line - 'Kill Him'.
Chalapati Rao is shocked to read that and after confirming it by talking to his friend on phone, asks his men to do the job. In the fight that ensues Devudu falls down the deck into sea. He is washed ashore alive and then moves to Singapore taking the help of another man (Ali). As he returns after making some money, he meets Rajesh and narrates his story to him. Rajesh sympathizes with him and promises to help him to get him married to her lover, not knowing that the same girl Devudu loved is the girl he sought to marry. Rest shows how Rajesh comes to know that Radha is the bone of contention between him and Devudu and understanding what love is, how he removes himself from the picture and helps them to get wed. Even before that happens, Devudu too tries to convince her to marry Rajesh. Not to reveal his identity, Devudu even camouflages himself as a Sikh and friend of Rajesh. EVV slowly leads the drama to a happy end, even making Suman realize his mistake.
EVV appears to be quite enchanted by foreign locales. He puts part of the story in Singapore and USA. But the drama is quite sensible. He takes care to give specific roles to his two sons, understanding their personal traits, suiting the image they already carry. But Naresh, by dint of his role, has enough material to entertain and engage the audience. In addition he also manages well in the role of Sikh. Dialogue is quite absorbing and sensible. There is a comedy tack and that part interferes with the main narration frequently in the second half of the cinema. Anu Mehta looks quite elegant and tall. Her role is not that dramatic, we expect to be so in this kind of two men-one girl dramas. Music by Koti is melodious. A couple of songs are well tuned. The background score enhances the impact of the drama.