March 20, 2009 Tapaswi
Cast: SImbhu, Sneha and Others.
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Producer: K Muralidharan & V Swami Nadhan.
It would have been far better watching the tamil original as Ma Vaadu which released today bugged the viewers who were treated to both tamil and telugu dialogues. Sneha's dubbed telugu was very unnatural and right from scene one it was evident that the story has been designed for the front benchers. With his dark glasses, costumes, diction and mannerisms, the protagonist Silambarasan or better known as Simbhu apes Rajinikant and attempts to dish out a story that is complete with double entendre and senseless gags.
Sana Khan has nothing much to do except dropping her clothes and acting coy and innocent, using the slightest pretext to get close to Simbhu. The hero has many things to do and shows of his make up skills like getting yello stripes painted on his face and testing the audience's patience with his drill like dances and yes all songs and dances look and sound the same. Just when you think a dance has ended he comes up again with a funny action that is beyond comprehension.
The movie begins with a Brahmin youth Sambha who is devoted to his grandfather, a temple priest and temple rituals. A meek, docile and good hearted Sambha saves a villager's life when a mob attacks him and when things go out of control he wields the sword and retaliates. His brother Prabhu is seen coming out of the jail and there begins a flash back.
Twenty years back in a village in Pulivendula, the siblings are shown as having an enemity with their cousin Veera Raghavaiah and his son. Veera Raghavaiah's son dies in mishap and the former blames Simbhu before he kills himself. Another young son wreaks revenge on Prabhu's family by eliminating everyone and Simbhu's wife Sneha escapes and gives birth to another Simbhu.
This boy is brought up by the grandfather as a Brahmin but does the story end there? It's blood and gore again with Veera Raghavaiah's younger son vowing to kill Simbhu. Sana Khan is wasted, she is used only to spill glamour and the first ten minutes drags with some mindless romance. The violence is terrible, one man dies when he is dumped into hot boiling black bitumen and the other's ear is chopped off.
The violence by a politician who forcibly grabs the land of the villagers is unwanted. Simbhu is full of beans but he would have been better off being his own natural self. Ribald jokes. The plus point of the film is that Prabhu's appearance before the interval arouses curiosity. Sneha's testimony in court looks clichéd. How many times haven't we seen a heroine save the hero by jeopardizing her image/character? Sneha is so innocent here that she knows how to make ‘junnu' but can't make out the taste between an egg plant and a non-veg curry. This is a complete masala movie meant for the B and C centre audiences, loud, bright, there is nothing much to expect.