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Punnami Naagu

What’s it about!
It is kind of Nagin flick. The movie starts with a fictional story that earth is on the verge of collapse in a few years and to save the world from brink, two Naga Devatas (snakes) plan to perform their dance at Lord Shiva. While they are at it the male snake (played by Aditya Om) is killed by ‘smugglers’ to get ‘mani’. The female snake (Mumait Khan) now looks for vengeance and waits for chance to get a right ‘body’ to get into human form. A police officer’s daughter (Mumait Khan) is smart and sexy and has tattooed body. It is believed that a girl with natural tattooed body has the power to bring another ‘naga mani’. So he becomes now the target of villains but a group of petty thieves (played by Rajeev Kanakala, Suhasini, etc) save her from an accident. While she is on hospital bed, the female snake enters into her body and the rest of the movie is how she takes revenge.

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Ananda Thandavam

What’s it about!
The film is triangle love story between a simple boy, a spoiled brat and a Desi girl. The film opens with Raghu (newcomer Siddardh) trying to commit suicide by jumping into a waterfall. In a flashback, we are told that he has fallen for a spoiled brat Madhumitha(Tamannah) who also reciprocates. As they are about to be engaged, Madhu dumps him and leaves for greener pastures in America. A few months later, our hero goes to America to study and get settled there. In US, he meets again her and old romance is rekindled. On other hand, a Desi girl (Rukmini) alls falls for him. Now who will he settle for finally forms the climax.

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What’s it about!
Billa (Prabhas) is an international don who operates from Malaysia. Billa has his own gang – Ranjith (Supreet), his moll Lisa (Namitha). On other hand, Maya (Anushka) joins his team with a mission to kill Billa as he finished off her brother (Subbaraju). Indian police try to nab him and his Kingpin with the help of Interpol Police (Raghu aka Rehman). ACP Krishnamurthy (Krishnam Raju) is deputed to crackdown Billa’s activities and he succeeds when he pins down Billa in a chase. After Billa’s death, Krishnamurthy tries to uncover the entire Billa network and replaces a Billa looka-like Ranga (Prabhas), a petty thief in Vizag, in his place. Ranga is able to do the job and provides all the info to Krishnamurthy but in a shootout, the police officer is killed by Devil, the original mafia don. The rest of the movie is how Ranga finishes the mission he left with.

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Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule

Like in most Venkatesh movies women will find Venkatesh's character very endearing. Ganesh is an unemployed young man of 30 years of age. Even though his friends end up getting jobs he fails to get one despite umpteen attempts. He wards off his blues by drinking. Unlike most movies where the hero has only the mother, here he is left with the father (Kota Srinivasa Rao). Kota is both a father and a mother to him. He cooks for him and pays him pocket money though disgustedly. But as a father his intention is only good. He wants his son to settle down well in life with a job and start a family.

Before finding a job Ganesh finds his love: Kirthi (Trisha). Ganesh falls in love with Kirthi at the first sight. Kirthi works in a software company. Inspired by the idea of being close to Kirthi, Ganesh decides to work in the same company and starts learning computers to achieve his goals. His father gets pleasantly surprised when he comes to know that his son has got a job in the software company. Ganesh is pleasantly surprised too because he gets to work in the team that is lead by Kirthi.

Then some scenes later Ganesh expresses his feelings of love to Kirthi during a trip to Australia. Kirthi doesn't reciprocate his love as she is already engaged and her marriage is just one month away. But Ganesh has a gut feeling that Kirthi loves him.

So what happens next? Well go and find that out yourself.

AMAV is a well directed movie. Many scenes like when Trisha vomits on Venkatesh after a drinking binge are shot realistically. The job selection scene attains perfection thanks to Trisha's professional acting who looks like a manager in a software company. Be it Venkatesh's love for Trisha or Colors Swathi's infatuation with Venkatesh, everything is shown in a very realistic and sometimes humorous manner. Sunil's presence is not used much and all the comedy centers on Venkatesh. And Venky is confidence personified in the comedy scenes.

The music is good. There is almost no violence (except one stabbing incident), but tons of entertainment in the movie. And it's a clean movie without any double entendres and shockingly vulgar scenes.

So have a good time at the theatres along with your family.

Director: Selva Raghavan
Producer: N V Prasad, Sanam Naga Ashok Kumar
Cast: Venkatesh, Trisha, Sreeram, Kota, K Viswanath, Colors Swathy, Sunil, Jeeva, Prasad Babu, Suman Setty, Anant, GV, Melkote, Rajeswari, Vinaya Prasad, Mumaith Khan, Meghanaa Naidu
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Screenplay:Ramesh Gopi
Story/Writer:Selva Raghavan


Sumanth has every right to experiment with a novel script. Of course Classmates was tested in Malayalam before being made in Telugu. It was a hit in Malayalam and probably that's the reason Sumanth and Co. thought it would work out well in Telugu. But it didn't.

"Classmates" is a story about the reunion of a batch of college students after 10 years. So the batch of Sumanth, Ravi Varma, Sada, Sunil, Kamilini Mukherjee, Shiva Reddy and others meet at the same campus they once studied. There is a professor (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and lecturer couple who love the students as their own children. The memory of their dead son (Sharwanand) who was studying in the college is the common thread that binds all. And there are other memories of love, hostel life, and election rivalries.

Mixed with all these are a murder mystery and an accident. Should be interesting, but it turns out to be too grim. And the uninspiring music by Kota only sends out a constant chorus of booing by the youngsters.

After an early shock of an attempted murder the first half of the movie rolls happily with the flash backs of a typical campus life. And then in the second half the story takes a serious tone. But as mentioned already it turns out to be too grim and no student would like to think about the movie after coming out of the theatre.

All the actors have done their parts well. It is sad that a good effort to make a different kind of movie, though copied, didn't yield good results. And the youngsters are waiting eagerly for the next releases.

Director: K.Vijaya Bhaskar
Producer: S Ravi Kishore
Cast: Sumanth, Sharwanand, Ravi Varma, Sunil, Sada, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Kota, Bharani, Giri Babu, Sudha, Uttej, Siva Reddy, Maruthi, Chitralekha
Music: Koti
Screenplay:Ravi Kishore
Story/Writer:Sekhar Prasad


None of the gang members has the brains of Vishnu and soon he rises up in the ranks. After naukri he gets the chokri too. Pooja (Genelia), Srihari's sister and life, falls in love with Vishnu. Their secret rendezvous right under the nose of Srihari and getting Srihari's approval for their marriage is the movie is all about. How that the movie to know.

Dhee is a fun movie all the way. The story is a typical one that people might have seen many numbers of times, but the treatment is very different. The director really gives it a crisp touch. Though the naming of the movie "Dhee" is a bit out of the sync with the story, nevertheless it's an entertaining movie.

The comedy in the movie is fresh and the intertwining of ideas is done perfectly. Sunil and Brahmanadam keep the audience laughing all the while. Especially Brahmanadam getting dragged into controversy by Vishnu every time and Brahmanadam trying to run away from it by saying "nannu involve cheiadduandi" is simply too good. Vishnu is shown as a smart guy. And the director has really taken the pains to show him as a smart person.

Music by Chakri is also cool. Genelia looks fresh as a dew drop in a winter morning. Vishnu acts well. Srihari is perfect as a rough guy.

The movie moves well till the first half and drags a bit towards the end of the second half. But still nothing should be taken away from the makers of the movie. They have given the audience a perfectly enjoyable movie this summer. And the movie has ingredients that will be liked by all sections of the crowd ? masses as well as classes.

Director: Seenu Vytala
Producer: M Sataynarayana Reddy
Cast: Vishnu, Genelia, Srihari, Tanikella Bharani, Sunil, Brahmanandam, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Supreet, Chandra Mohan, Prema, Ajay, Master Bharat, Chitram Seenu, Giri, Delhi Rajeswari
Music: Chakri
Screenplay:Seenu Vytala
Story/Writer:Kona Venkat

Kotha Katha

Director R Venu probably deserves the best award for misleading people with an alluring title. The packaging of the movie is good, but the contents are just crap. But this is not to discount the shades of brilliance the director displays in some scenes. For example: the first job interview scene. The way the intro of the lead characters is done after the job interview, is pretty appreciable.

But then that's it. The director fails to carry even a shade of that brilliance to the next scenes. Each subsequent scene competes with the preceding scene in claiming the most boring scene title of the movie. Perhaps the scene where the director unravels a mystery to tell the audience that Nazer has a double role is the most boring one. But who cares, the movie is not worth watching anyways.

Here is a bit of the story.

Three young guys Vijay Sai, Vikram, and Mitra get selected to work in a bank and their job deals with filling ATM machines with cash. The guys previously unknown to each other decide to stay in the house of MS Narayana on rent. On the first day of their job they get to see something very unpleasant. A colleague is found responsible for one lakh cash missing. He is asked to deposit his property papers with the bank and is sacked too. Then the next day the three guys are sent on a job of filling the ATMs machine with cash.

Well, how three fresh recruits could be entrusted with the task of carrying a huge amount without the presence of any senior personnel is a question the director should be answering. Anyways they get robbed by gunmen who decamp with the money. The police suspect the three young men. The bank manager does the same thing: takes unwritten bond papers from the three. The whole thing seems like a set up. How the guys entangle themselves from the trap is the rest of the story. Sounds good? But doesn't look good on the screen at all.

Director: R. Venu
Producer: YSN Reddy,Janaki
Cast: Rambha, Vijaya Sai, Vikram, Sameeksha, Mitra, Nazer, Tanikela Bharini, and MS Narayana
Music: Ghantadi Krishna
Lyrics: V Yadagiri
Editing:B Paidi Reddy

Athili Sathi Babu LKG

If EVV is sometimes accused of using sexual themes in his movies he is not hypocritical about it. He shows it as a necessary part of life and does it openly. Though some dialogs in his movie seems to be of inferior quality and designed to cater to the masses, that's excusable. For on the whole he scores heavily on the plus side.

Again actor Allari Naresh has something to cheer about in his career. Though propped by his able father EVV Satyanarayana, Allari Naresh would be happy with the way his career is shaping up because of his creditable acting skills. His last hit movie was Kithakitalu and now Athili Sathi Babu LKG is definitely going to be very popular with people from all centers and all sections of society.

A little bit about the story:

Athili Sathi Babu (Naresh) is the youngest son of a philanthropist. His father leaves behind a legacy of good will, name and fame through his philanthropic endeavors. But his sons Naresh, Raghu Babu, and Sunil are just polar opposites of what their father was. Raghu Babu is a sot and Sunil is a gambler. Naresh is the modern incarnation of uncle Scrooge. The sole aim of Naresh is to amass wealth. He fails to understand love and thinks it's a plan to trap him. He gets ready for marriage for the sake of dowry ignoring and belittling the pure love of Vidisha.

Well, go and watch the movie to know the rest of the story.

Athili Sathi Babu LKG is not a superb movie because it is socially relevant. It is a comedy movie that carries nitrous oxide in every dialog. Krishna Bhagwan as a villainous proxy municipal chair person is comically sinister. If the characterization of the protagonist as a stingy small town business man is appreciable, the over all direction of the movie is perfect.

Athili Sathi Babu is a cool stress buster. And it teaches a lot of good things about family, money, and what should be the priority in life.

Director: EVV
Producer: EVV
Cast: Allari Naresh, Sheetal, Kausha, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Venu Madhav, Dharmavarapu, Ali, Babu Mohan, Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, Mallikharjuna, Chaalapati Rao, LB Sreeram, Raghubabu, Kondavalasa, Lakshmipati, Kadambari Kiran, Duvvasi Mohan, Srinivasa Reddy, Uttej, Kallu Krishna Rao
Music: Sri Krishna
Screenplay:EVV, Satish Vegnesa
Story/Writer:EVV, Satish Vegnesa


Jagadam is a street-smart movie. In Jagadam Sukumar has given a fresh treatment to an old social scourge: goondaism. There are "n" number of movies made on this phenomenon. Sukumar had the challenge of making Jagadam different. And he does make it different. Too bad that people are glued to their TV sets to watch the Cricket World Cup 2007. His movie is made with a deep understanding of the psyche of rowdy sheeters and how the police work.

The music of the movie adds to the realistic storyline positively. Jagadam sends out a social message that violence is bad and resorting to violence may pay in the short run but in the long run it takes away all the joys of life as the protagonist experiences.

Seenu (Ram) is fascinated by violence from his childhood. A local goon, Manikyam (Pradeep Rawat) is his idol. Seenu fancies becoming like him. So he starts acting like a leader of a gang, hoping to become really one when he grows up. He bashes up people just for the heck of it on his way to becoming a goon with recognition. He also joins his idol's gang as a key member. Muscle power fetches him money and respect born of fear.

Seenu has a good heart and when he tries to stand up for something good it clashes with Manikyam. So he falls out with Manikyam. The rest of the story is based on what happens as result of the fall out.

Jagadam sends out a strong message that how taking to the streets and resorting to violence robs the protagonist of all pleasures of life. Seenu gets separated from his parents. So much so that he couldn't even spend a single night with her fiancée peacefully. The price of rowdism proves too costly when his younger brother is killed as act of revenge by Manikyam's henchmen.

The vicious circle of violence-power-fear-money-violence how it becomes difficult to come out of it is well explained in the movie. Hope this movie dissuades the gullible youth who might get lured away by the short-lived charm of goondaism.

Director: Sukumar
Producer: Aditya Babu
Cast: Ram, Isha, Pradeep Rawat, Prakash Raj, AS Rav Kumar Chowdary, Tanikella, Telangana Sakuntala, Satya Prakash, Raghubabu, Saranya, Chitram Seenu, Duvvasi Mohan, Krishnam Raju, Venu, Surya Narayana, Suchitra, Lirisha, Nihal, Devi Charan, Dasanna, Shiva Varma
Music: Devi Sri Prasad


The Vamsi and Illayraja combination magic doesn't work this time and Anumanaspadam doesn't measure up to the hype that it had generated before its release. Anvwesana was the last such similar venture where the duo had successfully kept the viewers on the edge of their seats. But Anumanaspadam sends the viewers repeatedly away from their seats.

The only good thing about Anumanaspadam is the deep forests in which the movie is shot.

As for the bad things...the list is endless.

Anyway, here is the story in a nutshell. A map to a treasure left by the Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan is handed over to Bhasu (Aryan Rajesh) who is a media reporter. He hires a team of professionals to track the treasure. With him are two girls: a doctor (Hamsa Nandini) and a bomb diffuser (Vanitha Reddy). A suspended forester (Jaypakash Reddy) as a guide, a cook/waste, a driver/AIDS Raju, and an insomniac comprise the rest of the gang. They venture into the forest to open a not-so-thrilling adventure that gets scarier yet boring by the scene as one by one member of the expedition team is killed. Only Bhasu and the doctor who are in love remain till the end to solve and end the mystery as well as mercifully, the movie.

Nothing can keep the viewer interested in the movie. The songs are as meaningless and cacophonous as the characters are. By the time the movie ends the viewer is just happy to be out of the theatre and thank God that the ordeal has ended.

Director: Vamsi
Producer: Sateesh Thati and Jay Arnala
Cast: Aryan Rajesh, Hamsa Nandini, Vanitha Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Jayaprakash Reddy, Jeeva, Subhash, Mula Virat, Devicharan, B V Chandrasekha
Music: Illayraja
Editing:Sreekar Prasad
Story/Writer:A Vamsi Krishna

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