May 2, 2009 Tapaswi
Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Meera Jasmine, Shashank, Gowri Munjal, Shayaji Shinde, Murali Mohan, Sonu Sood and Others.
Music: M.M. Srilekha.
Director: Jonnalagadda Srinivas.
Producer: K.Ramakrishna Prasad.
Written by: Narayana Rao Dasari.
Banner : Swobhagya Media Limited.
Presents : Dasari Padma.
Release Date: 1-May-2009
Jagapati Babu is on a stronger turf when he has a story that revolves around familial ties and sentiment. His father Murali Mohan dies leaving behind a secret – a second family in debts, unmarried sister and a son Hari (Shashank) who is addicted to drugs. Jagapati takes on the responsibility to make a wastrel into a responsible person and when he is nearing his goal, the truth that Jagapati and Shashank are brothers is revealed and the latter is on a revenge-seeking trip.
That's not the end of the story. There is Meera (Meera Jasmine), a florist who falls in love with Jagapathi but their relationship is estranged as Jagapathi gives more importance to Shashank than her. Shashank's journey towards acceptance is not free of noble lessons and real people. Shayaji Shinde completes the picture, he lends a touch of villany and action to the family drama by using Shashank to score over his rival Jagapati, then alls well that ends well.
Bangaru Babu just doesn't remind one of Rajashekar's Raja Babu, it has a theme that has been retold several times and the director dramatizes it with nothing to add except a certain wallowing in the existence of human depravity. A grandmother who doesn't want to give a share of the property to the step grand son, a mother who is resigned to her fate but wants to make peace with her husband's second family.
Amidst all this there is Shashank's love interest Gowri Munjal, who doesn't suit the role at all, wants to see him as a changed person and Sonu Sood, Jagapati's brother who plays spoilsport. The film's fine emotional core comes from Shashank and if it's anyone who gains from the film it's him. However his intense performance doesn't elevate the family drama into high cinema as the.story itself suffers from a stale plot, rudimentary visuals, screenplay and complacent auditory palette. Dasari's production house has the potential for something wonderful and inspiring to emerge always but his technicians regressing into clichéd filmmaking comes as a disappointment.