June 29, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
The audience should have taken the cue from the title All The Best, little did they know that comedy films could be so violent, violent enough to feel the pain hours after leaving the theatre too. The director's only mercy is to look young, presentable like he was ten years back but that doesn't mean he can offer that as a compensation of a two and a half hour of a convoluted plot and narration.
It lacks any emotional and psychological depth even if it means a father is in jail and he can come out on bail only if the good-natured son can pool fifteen lakhs or even if his oversmart friend trades his sister for money. When comedy is no longer funny and sentiment is no more serious and moving, the story loses its purpose and the film plays to the gallery right from the first scene itself.
The alteration of accent by the actor and director accentuates the superficiality of the script. The quantum, the number of actors to heighten the laughs don't help either instead turns trite and juvenile. Raghu Karumanchi thankfully is presented decently and does a better job by being less vocal, the audience still remembers the pain he inflicted in a certain star's film. Raghu Babu and Karumanchi tried to pull off a comedy plus sentiment episode done by two characters from Hello Brother but it falls flat due to bad writing.
The climax is a flat tyre, the story is about Ravi (Srikanth) running from pillar to post to generate money for his father's bail and he bumping into a conman Chandu (JD Chakravarthy) who in turn earns the former's trust and as they bump into a series of characters, there is disappointment, betrayal and finally a moral lesson for Chandu that actually makes you wonder how the hell did the producer buy this story?
The girls pretty, fresh and try to fill in the gaps, the romance is not established properly. They were the mandatory shorts in the songs and the item number which is a regular in the director's films fails to make an impact. All we do is to wait and see who's the character next to add to the madness. The songs are pathetic and Srikanth looks too funny in one number and the selection of this story plunges his graph further.
JD follows his mentor in losing himself somewhere, while it's time for some soul searching, the film loses its steam as soon as it takes off, lot of characters, lot of over-acting as JD fails to pull the strings, all one can say is all the best for the next venture, we have seen worse than this.