May 13, 2010 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Cast: Sharwanand, Padma Priya, Naresh, RK and others.
Cinematography: Jayakrishna Gummadi.
Story, Dialogues: Balabhadrapatruni Ramani.
Lyrics: Chaitanya Prasad.
Music: Anoop Rubens.
Presenter: Utopia Entertainers.
Director: Chandra Siddarth.
Release Date: May 14, 2010
Andari Banduvaya may not be a brilliant, intense, dramatic film like Aa Naluguru but Chandra Siddarth shows that perfection can be projected on screen only when a job is done wholeheartedly. He weaves an interesting narrative of good people who spread goodness, radiate positive vibes and show their benevolence in thought and deed; the best part of the film is that all characters exude happiness that is so visible on their visages, each frame from the first to the last spills character that is selfless and sacrificing.
The movie is all about giving in some form or the other, there is no iota of selfishness, there is dignity in work, and finally a beautiful message that inheritance, legacy is not about blood it is to do with character, the good qualities that one imbibes. The film is not preachy, it doesn't wear heavy emotions on it's sleeve, there is humour, there is romance, there are soothing melodies, simple yet meaningful dialogues. The lead pair share a bonhomie that is infectious. Even the villain has a golden heart and no mistake committed by the characters in the film are big enough to be called blunders.
The film has no big stars, no big names, no item numbers or crackling, over-the-top dialogues. There are no compliments, no obligations, there is just love, sunshine and happiness. Watching the film makes you feel good, feel nice and feel pure. It's like a feeling you get when you give up non-vegetarian food, it's like adopting a child, it's like living in a utopian world.
The screenplay carries a lot of conviction, the writing is not superlative but suits the mood of the film. Naresh brings in utmost level of authenticity to his character as Sharwanand's father.
It's a totally contrasting role that Sharwanand gets to play here, very refreshing, he doesn't blow trumpets about his Samaritan work, he lets others take the credit..he has learnt all of it from watching his father. In Prasthanam he shares the limelight here he hogs it, be it dances, his expressions everything is controlled, he doesn't make a big deal over any emotion. His choice of roles show his maturity and range as an artiste. He is supported by Padma Priya who quietly steals the scenes, she acts like a veteran and plays the role of a working woman who's shouldering heavy responsibilities with panache. Both Padma Priya and Sharwanand complement each other well, their chemistry works and how!
RK has got one of the finest roles ever after his work in Hyderabad Nawabs, he shows his forte is just not comedy. All the characters have added their share of spark to the narrative, the camera work adds to the vibrance of the theme, the title song couldn't be more apt. Editing could have been better. The story? It's wafer-thin, about people needing each other and being there for each other. A world of humanity, happiness. Watch it once and you will see it work on you asap, you are sure to find god in every person you talk to, every animal that crosses you and every bird that flies past you. Andari Banduvaya is a celebration of a good life, who wouldn't want to be a part of it?