September 18, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
The presence of Laya in this so called comedy confirms that this has been long waiting in the cans and has just managed it's way out. How one wishes it stayed on there forever. The plot is as old as the serials in Doordarshan and there a bunch of talented actors who had all the time in the world to play out merely functional roles.
With hair oiled, neatly parted and a vermillion mark between his brows, Murali (Sivaji) has his eyes fixed either on the ground or in his books. His college mate Preeti (Archana) nicknames him bubblegum as he is bland and boring; nevertheless she feigns love and drops him like a hot potato.
The poor Murali attempts to kill himself by lying down on the railway track and just before the train arrives Lord Krishna (Rajendra Prasad) in human form arrives and pulls him out of the danger. All fears allayed, Krishna counsels him, instills courage and spirit and joins his college as a woman Prema ( Laya). It's time for jealousy, surfacing of love, retribution and Laya's disappearance into the sky.
While that is the story, the heroine walks in and out of home and college in clothes meant to wear before jumping into a swimming pool. MS Narayana and the college students keep pronouncing the word the champion as chompion so many times that one thinks they are actually right.
The intention of the director is to show that true love doesn't mean marrying a flawless person but accepting a person with the drawbacks and correcting the person in the course of time. If he had ended the story this way it would have been at least logical but in the last scene which is bizarre he shows the helplessness of man and the domination of women by the Lord himself.
Rajendra Prasad neither looks blue or black, a stage artist does a better job with make-up, on the other hand Laya goes to college dressed like a Christmas tree. Chegondi Haribabu does a Subhash Ghai to show he is the producer.