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APK | May 20, 2006
Rating: **.75 (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Pradeep Pinisetty, Vamsee, Deepa, Pooja Bharati, Madhu Shalini, Maliskha, Tanikella Bharani and Others.
Cinematography: Sandeep Reddy.
Lyrics: Siva Ganesh.
Music: Sri Murali.
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction: Teja.
Presenter: Smt. Dasari Padma.
Banner: Siri Media Pvt. Ltd.
Release Date: 19th May, 2006.
Director Teja arrived with a bang. His debut 'Chitram' started a trend of sorts-new actors, new crew and an unique and scandalous storyline for Telugu cinema standards. With his consequent movies Nuvvu Nenu and Jayam, it looked like this young director was here to stay. But then with all his movies from then onwards rejected by the audiences even with stars, he has now pined his hopes on 'Oka V Chitram,' going back to his debut tactic of a new starcast and new crew. The story line is unique again, and the concept fun although illogical.
Plot A lorry cleaner (Teja's erstwhile profession), Balram challenges his friends that he will direct a movie with his favorite star Santhosh Babu by the next Diwali and release it, and takes a death oath. How he manages to go about it is what the movie is all about, in which he lands up in Hyderabad in a typical film nagar outskirts set up where every individual has come from a village to do something in the movies but due to lack of opportunities is doing something else. Santhosh refuses but Balram manages the herculean task of making a movie with him, believe it or not, without the knowledge of the Santhosh himself.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The concept is fun, the idea unique, the incidents are fun and the performances are good. Then what is lacking? No big stars which is useful for an initial draw, and the reason for the current lukewarm respone. The screenplay is straight forward and Teja takes all his greviances out by letting his audience know how the industry works-like the associate director stealing Balram's ideas and people coming here to become something and ending up on the streets. The director manages to extract performances out of all the character actors and Pradeep Pinisetty and the narration is pacy. If the music was better, the movie surely would have scored as at least an average runner, but the average music is a major letdown.
The movie has highly improbable and illogical incidents-in reality this has a one in a million chance of happening, but who cares? Logic was never a criterion, and like someone said, logic takes away the magic. Even now, Teja's taking style is amatuerish, whether that feel is deliberate or not, one cannot tell.
Performances Pradeep Pinisetty steals the show with intense eyes and shows a spark. Vamsee fits the role perfectly as the dumb and arrogant actor (may or may not need acting, who knows?) but he comes across as wooden and awkward sometimes. Krishna Bhagwan as the cameraman and Srinivasa Reddy as Santhosh's manager are very good. MS Narayana in a cameo as a doctor is at his best yet-and the scene which stars him is one of the funniest in the movie. Duvvasi Mohan as the police constable is very funny too, as are many of the other side characters. Teja has placed an autobiographical element in the movie so the actors look natural. Performance wise the movie has loads of scope and the actors lived up to it. But the girls are all plastic and look like they don't have a clue about what's going on, except Shakuntala, who does her usual tough-cookie act with a heavy Telangana accent.
And the verdict is.. A film to sit back and watch, have fun, and forget about. It is targetted at the youth, and may pick up slowly. But the average music and the lack of known faces undoes the film. Audiences these days need heroism and loads of violence, and all that 'Oka V Chitram' doesn't offer. Even for a light entertainer where the hero has a high end goal, it lacks substance and doesn't grip the viewer, which is where it fails. There is some comedy and fun, but the idea of a man making a movie without the knowledge of the actor may not be digested by the audience. All one can do is wait and watch-either it stays for a little time, or sinks completely. Definitely not a grosser, unfortunately for all the new comers and also for the director who needs a hit badly.