September 24, 2009 Anjali
Rating - **.75
Cast: Ram, Kajal, Ashish Vidyarthi, Brahmanandam, Viswanath Kasi, Sudha, Sameer, Surekhavani and others.
Action: Peter Hein.
Art: Peketi Ranga.
Banner: Sri Sravanthi Movies.
Cinematography: Hari Anumolu.
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi.
Editing: Sreekara Prasad.
Lyrics: Seetarama Sastry-Ramajogaiah Sastry.
Music: Mickey J. Meyer.
Producer: Sravanthi Ravikishore.
Story, Screenplay & Director: M. Saravanan.
Release Date: September 24, 2009
Ganesh goes around helping people and playing the savior. His friend's boyfriend claims to be unable to marry her because of a promise his father made to his late grandfather-to get him married to his cousin. Ganesh decides to pretend to be in love with this cousin and get her to fall for him to free his friends of familial obligations. He rents an apartment opposite hers and befriends the bunch of kids in the flats everyone is terrorized by. They mistake him for Superman and hilarity ensures as he tries to make Divya fall for him. After she does fall for him, he really falls in love with her but she finds out he was pretending all the while and the rest of the story is about how he tries to win her back.
The first half of Ganesh is good, with not a dull moment in sight. The main characters are established, and the involvement of a bunch of energetic kids makes for a slightly different storyline than regular and therein lies its appeal. But the second half is not as well worked upon, by the looks of it. There is only one incident that is interesting, but otherwise, its really predictable and lags towards the end.
Ganesh introducing himself as 'Ganesh's friend' to Divya and claiming Ganesh loves her to get her attention and then later after their lovers' spat asking for 5 minutes to explain himself and taking those minutes in installments are entertaining sequences. The kids claiming that Ganesh is superman also makes for some fun events.
The villain a.k.a. moneylender Ashish Vidyarthi has little to do, and the character seems to be written for the sole purpose of involving a few fights and even some comic scenes between himself and a debtor i.e., Brahmanandam as 'Yadagiri, the Don'. One or two grin-inducing moments happen courtesy bad moneylender getting bashed up senseless by Ganesh, seeing which the only skeptic is also convinced that he really is superman.
But really, once we get to the climax, we think now something's about to happen, but the way the movie is narrated and ends, one wonders whether it was really necessary to keep the bad guy in it. A lovers' spat can be resolved in many ways, and this way was not convincing or spontaneous.
Music by Mickey J. Meyer is not up to his usual standards of freshness. The background is decent. But the songs crop up all of a sudden at the wrong moments and without an adequate gap either. This jars the flow of the narrative.
It's the kind of family entertainer that the producer is known for, and has all the elements to make it a good watch. Sadly the second half disappoints, so overall Ganesh..Just Ganesh is just okay.