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Rating: *** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Raja, Parvati Melton, Brahmanandam, Sharwanand, Mohit, Ravi Varma, Achyuta Ramarao, Madhu, Kishore, Sunil, Shalini and Others.
Cinematography: Raja Ratnam.
Editing: Kola Bhaskar.
Music: Mahesh Shankar.
Story & Direction: Deva Koushik.
Presenter: Chalapathi Mannuru.
Producers: Ravi Vallabhaneni & Sachi Pinagapani.
Banner: Fourth Dimension Films.
Release Date: 26th November, 2005.
Here is another impressive picture that puts a refreshing talent on show. Most of the crew and even artistes are totally new. What a relief the film gave us from time-worn themes and treatment. One should carefully watch the movie to understand its screenplay in detail. For example there is a scene set on a volleyball court. The important characters - hero and heroine - have a ball in their hand. We wonder how that ball is suddenly introduced. After the relevant dialogue is over, we find an American boy running to the court and requesting them to give that ball to him, telling us it is his ball strolled into this court. Thus the sequence is complete. Though it might look simple, we appreciate the director for not leaving any scene, big or small, unfinished.
This film too indeed is a love drama and apparently has nothing to do with the title. It is not even cool as 'moonlight' (Vennela), but a hot drama mixed with pranks of the student community. This film is sure to appeal to the student community more than general youth, for it is set on American soil mixed with Western urban culture. The narration concentrates on the experience of the boys and girls leaving the land for the States to pursue higher studies and seeking better lifestyle. While doing so, the writer-director creates a situation for a girl named Pavani (Parvati), that keeps her in constant pressures. She loves one Ritesh (Sharwanand) in India, but separates from him because he becomes a drug addict. She then meets another young man in her journey and joins the same college. He is Naveen (Raja). She develops intimacy with him and the two fall in love. There is a third character, Sayeed (Ravi Varma), a real troubleshooter. He is the friend of Ritesh, the person who loved Pavani when she was studying in India. This troubleshooter is now in America, along with other students. He tries first to capture Pavani. But failing in that, he incites her first lover Ritesh to come to America and claim his position in her life. Ritesh arrives and turns the rest into crime, drawing the attention of the US police.
It is a well-made film and one appreciates the director for carefully crafting the theme and its presentation. He shows great skill in drawing excellent performances from all the artistes, who are all new faces. Raja is the only senior actor among them. The girl Parvati who plays the role of Pavani sandwiched between two lovers, is good looking. She adds to her role the needed appeal of a bold woman, who can weather any kind of problem. Raja and his batch of novices, in student roles, offer impressive performances. Music is another factor that deserves attention. The composer is new and every song has a special appeal. Even in lyric writing 'mod' element creeps in to retain the identity of student drama.