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Poor Narration, Poorer Performances
Cast: Yuvaraj, Kamna Jetmalani, Rishi Gireesh, Murali Mohan, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venu Madhav, Aahuti Prasad, Abhinayasri, Kavitha, Rambabu, Sana and Others.
Camera: Vijaya Sri.
Editing: Avula Venkatesh.
Music: Saajan Madhav.
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue & Direction: Jaya.
Producer: BA Raju.
Banner: Superhit Friends.
This film is an example of how films die, when there
is big gap between the narration of precept and its
practice. Here the filmmakers pride in saying that
this film is a love story totally different from
others with a new thought. But what is shown on screen
is a routine drama, except adding the element of
lovers attempting to commit suicide just because
parents of both the boy and the girl, blame their
children and even beat them up when they announced of
marrying each other. The way they go for this so
called novel aspect of 'suicide' and the repercussions
that follow, are terribly artificial. And balance is
lost in narration. The first half weighs better than
the latter half. The medical opinion given by two
neurosurgeons on the condition of the lovers following
their suicidal bid is still nonsensical. Even the way
the lovers move places employing different plans to
commit suicide also looks farcical.
Chandu and Vennela, played by new faces Yuvaraj and
Kamna, are these lovers. They are still college kids
each having plenty of friends around, soliciting
advice as to how to proceed, in the face of opposition
by their parents in their respective houses. The
girl's mother (Sana) wants to give her to her
brother's son named Rishi, who is proved a loafer. The
boy's father (Aahuti Prasad) has no reason at all. Yet
he bashes his son when he raises the topic. And both
the lovers, especially Vennela gives long lectures on
what love is. The director creates yet another subplot
to show us what will happen if lovers elope in the
face of protest from parents. A girl named 'Padma' and
a boy named 'Balu' fall in love and elope to Mumbai and the boy
in subsequent scene is shown returning from Mumbai and
sitting on rocks crying. He narrates their failure story that ends up with the boy returning
alone leaving his girl Padma to winds. Perhaps the
director intends to tell us, through this tragic
mini love story, what eloping lovers might face.
Surprisingly this story comes to us as told by Balu to
Chandu, when the latter approached him to gain firsthand information about how the eloping pair fares in
The ugliest part is the post-interval drama.
Chandu and Vennela jump down from the top of a
multi-storied building. But the director carefully
lands them in a truck loaded with sand. The
doctor couple (Murali Mohan and Kavitha), treating them
in a hospital, perform operation and declare that the
lovers are suffering from a different kind of
'Amnesia' that makes them forget everything that
concerns their love life, but keeps them mentally
active in other channels of life. They also add a
rider saying they can only remember their love past,
only when somebody close to them go and relate the
whole story back to them. This sets Sana on warpath
with Chandu's parents, as she has a single goal of
getting Vennela married to Rishi. She succeeds in
doing so. But director Jaya creates a similar scene
of fall, this time into waters, as the newly weds
start looking at 'Arundhati Star'. This fall from a
height does not kill them but makes Vennela realize
she married a wrong man. That mistake is corrected at
the end with the approval of parents on either side,
friends and relatives. The Mangalasutram tied by Rishi
is obviously replaced with the one by that of Chandu.
It is a foolish drama from all angles of its
production. Stale dialogue, senseless narration,
half-baked technical support renders the film still
worse. Of the two new faces introduced as hero and
heroine, Kamna Jetmalani is better. But why should this girl be addressed with an odd kind of nickname -
'Dicky'. The director made the hero look as clumsy as
possible. His dialogue and behavior too are equally
clumsy. You can't explain why such a beautiful girl
like Vennela should fall in love with such a good-for-nothing fellow. In other roles we find gangs of
friends who do nothing but weep with the lovers. The
brutish character roles played by Aahuti Prasad on one
side and Sana on the other are still worse. Music by a
new hand (Saajan Madhav) is average. But lyrics don't add to that
musical sense at all. - ASLESHA