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Seetaramudu

One straight question needs to be asked to the directors like Shyam Prasad. Can they think beyond suicide, horrible comedy with mentally sick people as the theme, accidents, operation theatres and armed goons chasing supporting characters/heroines? If they can then they will have hit movies at the box office. If they can't then they will have 'could-have-been-hit' like Seetaramudu.

Seetaramudu has some unique scenes and the story is different. There are really funny moments with comedian Ali. The director show flashes of brilliance with a scene where Shivaji asks for a lift to his lover's brother-in-law. The way Seetaram (Shivaji) deals with the real estate don Ramulu (Rahul Dev) is interesting. But such credibility is lost in a flash in a scene where a person wants to commit suicide and Ali tries to rescue him. These types of scenes clearly show that the director lives in a make belief world of his own.

In the make belief world of director Shyam Prasad, Seetaram is a happy go lucky guy whose father works for a real estate-cum-gang lord Ramulu. Seetaram falls for the bare all Anjali (Ankhita) and woes her. But Ramulu's son also loves Ankhita. He realizes that Anjali doesn't love him and so is ready to forget her. But his father wants to present Anjali as a bride to his son. Will he succeed, given the fact that his love for Anjali is reciprocated and Seetaram is a hard nut to crack?

Seetaramudu has a good story. The Parimala track, where Shivaji tries to win the love of Anjali by requesting her to unite him with her friend Parimala is unique and hilarious. But as mentioned earlier some unnecessary comedy scenes add to the ennui and take away the sheen off the movie.


Director: Shyam Prasad
Producer: Yalamanchali Ravichand
Cast: Shivaji, Ankita, Rahul Dev, Ahuthi Prasad, Surya, Hema, Ali, Srinivas Reddy

Music: Ramana Gogula
Cinematography: Anji
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Screenplay: Shyam Prasad

Photo

It's a horror movie that has tried to use kinked creativity. The director Sivanageshwara Rao uses stupid premises to make the masses believe in his script. Premise no 1- You can catch ghosts on a Polaroid camera. 2- Ghosts can make phone calls. Well, the list is long...but I will save you the troubles.

Swapna (Muktha) loves Siddhartha (Anand). But Siddhartha thinks Swapna as a friend and moves with her to save her from the gang of his friends who rape girls and take their nude photos to make them silent. Yet Swapna is brutally murdered in the college by the same gang. The ghost of Swapna avenges her murder by killing all the three members of the gang and pursues Siddhartha till the end believing him to be an accomplice in the murder.

Sivanageswara Rao should have stuck to comedies, of which he gave us a string of flops. With time he could have improved. But he jumped track and shifted to horror, only to disappoint. Photo is an illogical movie both from the angle of the plot and the concept. How can a ghost not know who are her killers (if at all there is a ghost).

Before getting killed she has seen who have killed her and after her death she can see what's happening. Then how can the ghost in question here pursue the hero simply because his unconscious body was put on her dead body and photographed by the gang to give the impression that he raped her.
After all when the ghost is capable of doing many things that is shown in Photo, she could have easily found out whether the hero was involved in the killing. Both the ghost and Sivanageshawara Rao get poor marks for not doing their homework properly.

To top it all, the way Jayasudha is portrayed as a lovely mother who preserves her daughter's body for months end, hardly goes down with the audience well. The comedy is as horrible as the movie. Overall the movie probably would end up being the most boring movie of the year.

Director: Sivanageshwara Rao
Producer: Nagesh Pawar
Cast: Anand, Mukta, Anjali, Jayasudha, Suman Setty, Tanikella Bharani, Nutan Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, LB Sriram, Krishna Bhagawan
Music: Rohit Raj
Cinematography: K G Soman
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Screenplay: K Hanumantha Rao
Story/Writer: K Hanumantha Rao

Pellikosam

The story is good but the sense of being cheated makes it hard to appreciate the good part. Add to that inept direction and Pellikosam runs in empty theatres. Saikiran is a boy with clear notions of love and waits for the right girl. The right girl Sanjana arrives in due course of time. But marriage with Sanjana is linked to a condition. The condition is laid down by Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Sanjana's father. The boy who marries Sanjana should have a sister so that she could be married off to Sanjana's brother Dasari Arun Kumar.

So Saikiran starts searching for a sister. And he meets Keerti Chawla who is already in love with Dasari Arun Kumar who is a suspended IPS officer penalized for his honesty. So where does Venumadhav figure in all this? Simple ? he is a friend of hero (Sai Kiran, here) like he is in most of the movies.

The movie hovers between C and D grade in terms of quality. The only positives of the movie are the good acting of Dasari Arun Kumar and Kota Sreenivasa Rao. Hope to see Dasari Arun Kumar in more number of movies. He is meant for bigger stuff.

Sai Kiran has got good looks, acting skills and can carry off a big banner given a chance. Pellikosam will be considered a success if these two actors are picked up for more movies judging their work in this movie.

Director: Kondal Rao
Producer: Vijayprakash
Cast: Dasari Arun Kumar, Saikiran, Kirti Chawla, Sanjana, Venumadhav, Abhinayashri, Brhmanandam, Ali
Music: Kamesh

Andala Ramudu

There was always an aura of credibility about him as he went about doing personally demeaning yet professionally demanding acting. His diligence, talent, humbleness, and confidence finally paid off to win him a hero's role in Andala Ramudu. ''Yes, he is the hero'', claimed the posters of the movie to emphasize the filmmakers' confidence in him. But bagging a leading role is nothing compared to the expectations of the director, producer as well as the fans to deliver when it comes to performance and doing justice to the role conferred.

The big question was could he pull it off as a hero?

Surprise, surprise and sheer surprise ? Sunil delivers much more than what's expected of him in a lead role. Andala Ramudu has not only opened to packed houses, but also is making people buy tickets in black. Fans cutting across their super star fans association affiliations are flocking the theatres to watch Andala Ramudu. Just after two shows the word has spread that ''Sunil is rocking in Andala Ramudu''.

Admittedly, Sunil doesn't have the good looks to be a hero. He has a dark complexion, an overweight body that's out of shape and there is no way you can say that he is good looking. Yet, riding high on the confidence reposed on him by the filmmakers he makes a point ? looks are immaterial, talent is what matters.

He is bringing the theatres down with his dance, comedy and histrionics in Andala Ramudu. If the youngsters are marveling at his dance steps, the grown ups are getting emotional with his unique and flawless acting. One thing that permeates the entire movie is his sincerity and the oodles of confidence that he possesses.

Thanks to the presenter of the movie Y B Chowdhury who's Mega Super Good Films has taken the bold step in taking a comedian as a hero. Like an experienced jeweler he has been right in picking up a gem of an actor. Director P Laxmi Narayana needs to be praised for his excellent story telling ability. There never is a dull moment in the movie Andala Ramudu. Add to that, super dances, high quality photography and a picturesque village as backdrop ? you have a thoroughly enjoyable movie that heralds the graduation ceremony of Sunil as a hero.



Director: P Lakshmi Narayana
Producer: NV Prasad, Paras Jain
Cast: Sunil, Arti Agarwal, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu, Venu Madhav, Kondavalasa, Lakshmipti, Ramachandra Rao, Lakkimsetty, Chalapati Rao
Music: SA Raj Kumar
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Editing: N Hari
Screenplay: P Lakshmi Narayana
Story/Writer: P Laxmi Narayana

Brahmastram

Ashsih Vidyarthi raises Jagapati Babu in a small cell isolated from the world and only teaches him about how to fight. Strange, the character doesn't even have a name. Ashish Vidyarthi trains and uses Jagapati Babu to fight and kill for his gains. But one day Ashish Vidyarthi is shot and their den is bombed. Jagapati Babu too gets wounded and lands up in his friend's (Kalabhan Mani's) place. There Neha Oberoi takes care of him and her love makes him a civilized man. But before he is transformed in to a decent man Asish Vidyarthi reappears and reminds him of his original identity.

A lean and mean Jet Li gobbling up raw chicken is believable, but the same being done by our own Jagapati Babu is hard to digest. The only part that looked appreciable in Brahmastram is the acting of Kalabhavan Mani as a blind man. Neha Oberoi looked like she has a problem with nutrition, with pallid eyes and a beautiful face that doesn't emote well. Her role has nothing to write about. She should use her big and beautiful eyes to her advantage by putting some life into it.

Jagapati Babu might have been very excited about the role when it was narrated it to him. But the problem is such a role requires a lot of work from getting transformed from the script to the screen. Simply growing hair, grooming beard and make the biceps bulge a bit is not going to help at all. It requires imagination on the part of the director as well as the actor to shape a character that is raised as a savage.

Music and comedy of Brahmastram are pedestrian. For a star like Jagapati Babu it's step down after a good performance in ''Anaganaga Oka Roju''. May be the future holds good for him.

Director: Surya Kiran
Producer: N Surya Prakas Rao
Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Neha Oberoi, Asish Vidyarthi, Kalabhavan Mani, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raghubabu, GV, Brahmanandam, Venumadhav, Satyam Rajesh, Hemasunder, Nayana Harshita, Sujitha, Kavita
Music: Balu, Vedant and Anant
Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla Ravi Kumar
Cinematography: Balu, Vedant , Anant

Room Mates

Four guys (Naresh and gang) leave their village and head to Hyderabad. They deposit Rs.2 lakhs each with an agent who promises them to send to Dubai and offer placement there. Voila, the agent takes the money and vanishes. The boys are stranded in Hyderabad, duped and hungry. They plan to end their lives (sic). Navneet Kaur watches them escape their suicide bid as the train passes in a different track instead on the track they are sleeping on.

She reasons with them to live. They realize their folly and plan to return their village. But Naresh intends to stay in Hyderabad and earn the money his parents have invested in him. The rest follow suit. They take Navneet's help and stay in the house of Jeeva on rent.

Navneet is an event manager who needs hands to do decoration and stuff like that for an event. The four guys volunteer to do the work. It's a musical night by S P Balasubramanyam. Each of the four boys is good at musical instruments. Playfully they compose a tune when there is no rehearsal on. S P Balasubramanyam hears the music and asks the boys to perform in the evening. They perform in the evening and the audience loves it. How can they give a live performance in a few hours time, ask AVS. Accomplished musicians practice for days together before a concert.

Anyways they become marketable and get money in advance to play music for Raghu Babu, a show producer. Navneet distributes the money among their family members. Just when you thought good times have started somebody murders the agent who had duped them and dumps the body in front of their house. Police suspects the four boys having committed the crime as they had once gone to the police station to lodge a complaint against the agent and on another occasion had chased him with razors in their hands. Doubt lingers on them. They are remanded to judicial custody. There they meet Nazer, a tough yet good jailor. He believes that they are innocent and advises them to escape from the jail and prove their innocence.

So they escape and act as security personnel posted in Naresh's (Senior) house. How on earth can a senior police officer not know the antecedents of his security guards? Ask AVS. Moreover they do not have the physical standards to become guards.

Anyway, this boring story is getting longer. To cut it short, Nazer is the real murderer with a psychopathic disorder that only AVS knows. Nazer sends the four boys to a judge's house that has arrived at the conclusion about a series of similar murder cases. But before they reach there he murders the judge too. Luckily the judge doesn't die and gives evidence against Nazer who is arrested. The innocent guys are released.

Whew! What a relief. Let's us all get pills for curing headache ? me, for relating you the story and you, for reading it.

And meanwhile, let's pose these questions to AVS. 1- How can people with no physical standard become police guards and be posted with a senior police officer?

2- Who can come out of prison and perform on the stage a musical show without any rehearsal?

Please AVS; we do not want the answers. Your answers will give us another bout of headache for sure.

Director: AVS
Producer: Dr. Y Sonia Reddy
Cast: Allari Nares, Baladitya, Srinivasa Reddy, Suman Setty, Navaneet Kaur, Jeeva, Raghubabu, Ali, LB Sriram, Dixit, Narsing Yadav, Gundu hanmantha Rao & Pruthvi
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: V Srinivasa Reddy
Screenplay: AVS, YS Krishneswara Rao & Tyagaraju
Story/Writer: AVS

Bommarillu

''Bommarillu'' is another good movie after ''Godavari'' and in the same class with a different landscape. If the natural sceneries were the backdrops of the movie ''Godavari'', it's the city and its landscape that forms the backdrop of the movie Bomarillu.

Admit it, for long we have been mostly made to watch movies full of violence, comedy with double entendres and love stories placating and sucking up to the audience. We even went on to make some of them hits, because there was no choice. Watch it or leave it. And just when you thought that there is a dearth of creative talent (exception being Sekhar Kamulla) to make simple films with the proper understanding of human behavior and thought process; producer Dil Raju and director Bhaskar present ''Bommarillu'' ? a movie that is a class apart from the rest of the movies now being shown in the theatres.

''Bommarillu'' reassures the viewers that there are plenty of talented people around to come up with films sans vulgarity and violence to present pure entertainment in a dignified way. The addition of Bhaskar to the pantheon of directors who can make a decent movie is a boon to the Telugu film industry.

''Bommarillu'' probes deep in to the psyche of parents and their grown up children to analyze where and how conflict between them starts. It also presents the solution.

Siddhu (Siddhartha) is the son of Prakash Raj and Jaysudha. Hailing from a rich family Siddhu has a problem of excess. If he wants a cycle his father presents him with a bike. In his eagerness to keep his children happy Prakash Raj always goes a step forward. But the ever-caring father hardly asks for the likes and dislikes of his children. He just decides. And the movie is about to what extent Siddhu follows the dictates of his father and where he stands up to say 'NO'.

Siddhartha is undoubtedly a consummate actor. Watch the climax scene and you will appreciate his acting talents. Like always he acts perfectly as a rich and sophisticated boy. Siddhartha is one actor who has a terrific dress sense. The dresses he wears for this movie are trendy, youthful and very elegant.

Prakash Raj as usual retains the fluid acting style. Genelia has done a good job as a chirpy girl. She is a typical city girl from a lower middle class family. Sunil, Jayasudha and Kota Srinivasa Rao all fit their roles superbly.

Director Bhaskar needs special mention as he has hit success on his debut. There are umpteen numbers of times the viewers laugh at the good jokes cracked by the characters in the movie. Bhaskar should consider himself to have won the approbation of the audience as the climax scene educes thunderous applause from them. That's a sure sign of the movie going down well with the viewers. We will expect more such clean films from him in the future.

Director: Bhaskar
Producer: Dil Raju
Cast: Siddardha, Genelia, Prakash Raj, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Jayasudha
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Vijay Chakravarthy
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Screenplay: Bhaskar, A Ravi
Story/Writer: Bhaskar

Game

The only refreshing thing about ''Game'' is the acting of Shobhna who works in much selected projects these days. An actress and a danseuse par excellence, she acts well as the wife of the fiery driver Mohan Babu. But Mohan Babu can hardly match Nana Patekar's intensity. Despite superb dialog delivery, Mohan Babu is just a shadow of Nana Patekar. Ditto for Vishnubhardan. His acting is good and he conveys a lot through his eyes. But then again he doesn't have the charisma of a John Abraham.

If you haven't seen 'Taxi No 9211', then probably you will get relief from the fact that this movie has a unique story. Unlike the typical movies of the present day 'Game' treats you to the clash of two distinct personalities.

One, a middle aged cabbie with a short fuse roaming the roads of Hyderabad and the other with a business empire to be inherited, meet on a fateful day. The later asking the former to take him to a court where there is an important appointment that could make him the owner of a business empire left behind by his father.

The time is less and the distance needed to be covered is more and given the traffic of Hyderabad, the cab in question here gets in to trouble. This pitches the cabbie driver and the passenger against each other and the battle starts. That's the essence of Game.

Parvathi Melton hardly has anything to do in the movie except looking glamorous. Sunil's comedy as a bank manager is good and so is Raghu Babu's comedy.

The review of the movie in a single line would be - it's a creative movie but alas it's not original. Sounds pathetic, that's what the movie is if you have watched the original. Watch the fake if you have missed the real.

Director: G Ram Prasad
Producer: Mohan Babu
Cast: Mohan Babu, Vishnuvardhan , Parvathi Melton,Shobana
Music: Joshua Sridhar
Lyrics: Bhuvana Chandra, Ramjogayya Sastry
Cinematography: Balamuruggan
Editing: Goutham Raju
Screenplay: G Ram Prasad

Pellam Pichodu

It advocates that in order to make the married life blissful it's not sufficient just to stay faithful to each other but to love each other and express it pro actively. And to live through the tough times in a marriage the spouses should have trust and the communication between both should be open.

''Pellam Pichodu'' is about Srinu (Rajendra Prasad) who falls in love with Rachna. He takes the help of a friend (Shiva Reddy) to win her. Shiva Reddy impresses Rachna about Rajendra Prasad by telling many lies. Rajendra Prasad finally succeeds in marrying Rachna. He loves his wife madly. Every waking moment he does things to please his wife. Bringing flowers and arranging for her birthday himself are only a few of the things he does for his wife merrily. His philosophy is clear, ''Husband should take good care of the wife who leaves her parents for his sake.'' There is bliss in marriage and the neighbors (Dharmavarapu and Raghu Babu) that are given to drinking and gambling are jealous of their marital bliss.

Srinu is very independent minded. Though he works in a chit fund company, he opens his own agency. He lies to his wife that he is a partner in the chit fund company where he works as a clerk and doesn't inform her about the running of the agency independently.

Srinu is hopeful that in six months he will be able to quit his job and operate his agency in a full-fledged manner. He is prepared to tell the truth to his wife then. But before that the lies are exposed. The lies sully his standing in front of his wife. The first crack in a fully functional marriage appears. Thanks to Priya (Srujana) and some more incidents, the crack deepens and ultimately the relationship breaks.

The climax of the movie brings the doting husband back to his wife.

Songs and camera work are not the highlight of the movie. Story is good, but the plot twists do not have much punch. Comedy, which was the essential ingredient of Rajendra Prasad's movies, hardly causes any laughter.

But the movie teaches a few tips about leading a happy married life. It could be a good watch for married people, no matter how long they have been married. It would be a wonderful lesson to people who are getting ready to tie the knot.

Director: Jonnavittulu Ramalingeshwar Rao
Producer: Rampally Rambhadra Sastry
Cast: Rajendra Prasad, Rachna, Srujana, Dhramavarapu Subramanyam, Giri Babu, Rami Reddy, Raghu Babu, Rajesh, Shiva Reddy, Surya, Telangana Shakuntala
Cinematography: Surender Reddy
Screenplay: J Ramalingeshwar Rao
Story/Writer: J Ramalingeshwar Rao

Veedhi

Sivanna is a decent family man. Sivanna's daughter gets lost on Janmastami. His wife becomes almost lifeless upon the missing of their daughter. He is picked up by the police as a chain snatcher by mistake. While he is still in custody his wife is raped in front of his eyes and killed by the police. This changes Sivanna from a man of peace to a man of ruthless cruelty who bumps off people just like that if they cross his path. Higher ranked police officers are also murdered without any fear. Isn't that the state of law in Bihar'

He runs several factories dealing in duplicate products, but the street where he lives claim to sell only original products. With a group of dedicated henchmen he runs his clandestine operations with ease. Anybody who tries to know about him is not spared.

But there is a determined girl (Gopika) who is bent on finding out who Sivanna is. He takes the help of four wayward young people who live in an apartment and live off commissions collected from sales people, milkmen, laundry men, cable TV operators etc. Sharvanand is one of the four guys. The four young boys along with Gopika solve the mystery surrounding around Sivanna. But the end turns out be poignant.

Ushakiran movies continue its tradition of making films based on real stories. Sharvanand seems to be eager to humble himself and nullify the gains made with Amma Chepindi by accepting a role that has not much to it. It's Sivanna whose character shines in the movie and Nataraj does full justice to the role. Gopika has a good chance to showcase her talent. The insertion of songs at regular intervals makes the real feel movie in to a typical commercial film.

The director wants us to believe that blood can be passed off as tomato pulp. He makes the movie gorier by graphically showing severed heads. But the effects wear thin and don't impress people who are disgusted with growing show of unnecessary violence.


Director: V Dorairaj
Producer: Ramoji Rao
Cast: Sharvanand, Gopika, Nataraj, Santosh, Aryan, Vinay Varma, MS Narayana, Rallapally, Brahmanandam, Delhi Rajeswari, Master Siva Varma, Harshavardhan, Balayya, Pilla Prasad, Kondavalasa, Jayalalitha, Dil Ramesh
Music: Anoop Rubens
Lyrics: Chaitanya Prasad, Surendra Krishna, Pothula Ravi Kiran, Jayasurya & Dorababu
Cinematography: Bharani K Dharan
Editing: Baswa Paidi Reddy
Screenplay: V Dorairaj
Art Direction: Prakash
Action: Ram Lakshman
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