January 26, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
In the first few minutes of the film, Gopichand introduces himself, says, "Edhaina pani chese mundhu nenu alochinchanu, adhi na weakness, chesinaka asalu alochinchanu, adhi naaku useless." Director BVS Ravi did struggle to get the word to rhyme right but however unsettling it sounds, the dialogue aptly sums up the mood of the director and also the film. To put it straight you don't deserve this on a holiday.
Gopichand plays a pampered son to Jayasudha and Chandra Mohan, the couple do everything to make him 'useless' and suddenly one day Gopichand bumps into Nandini (Deeksha Seth). The lady rejects and cites his unemployment as a stumbling block to their love. The onus is now on Gopichand to prove himself useful and gift her to his parents just because all these years they had given him whatever he 'wanted'.
There is another suitor but a bad guy, Subbaraju. He says, "Mama adhi naakkavali" (meaning wanted). Don't reach conclusions so fast because this is not a routine love story. It is a very very routine love story. The heroine is perplexed and the perplexity is visible all over her face from her first scene to the last. Most part of the film Gopi is stalking her and begging her for love and she relents but on one condition. She too 'wants' something. Don't expect the reviewer to kill the story, by revealing what the heroine 'wants'.
This is an absolute failure in selection of the story, the hero is reduced to a man lacking clarity. It is a complete action film in the guise of romance and there is no romance whatsoever. Violence which occupies more than fifty percent of the film is highly obscene and could retard any normal audience. From people killing each other with grinding stones to piercing metals into the body is tormenting. The director who revels in showing the heroine dressed in traditional wear shows his double standards in dialogues given to various characters.
He attempts to elicit cheap publicity in the form of showing women as useless, staying at home wearing starched sarees and watching television serials and even makes the hero question what the effort in the world they are putting in to be a perfect homemaker. The outright mocking is not FREE EXPRESSION.
Not a single scene holds your interest. Humour is an endangered term here, Chandra Mohan and Jayasudha sing Intinti Ramayanam and the way they sing sounds as if they have been forced to do it. Jayasudha's role is to look happy but she fails in being a Sahaja Nati, her lack of interest is visible, she looks lifeless though the only bright spot in the entire film is her beautiful sarees. The director is aware of Deeksha's limitations, so there are no dances, all of them are slow numbers and cleverly picturised.
Gopi looks crazy in a Javed Jaffrey costume for a number and Deeksha, though she looks cute, doesn't have the grace of a woman. She has very little to do, just hangs onto a single expression throughout the film. FYI, the distributors/ producers show their lack of regard for censor rules by allowing muted dialogues to go unchecked. Wanted needs no sympathy!