Sri Krishna (Siddhardh) grows up watching films playing in the theater in which his father works as a movie-projectionist in a village. Satya (Ileana) is harassed by Vicky (Munna) - son of a politician - who wants to marry her. Satya escapes from home and Sri Krishna falls in love with her the first time he meets her. As the goons and police chase Satya, Sri Krishna protects her and drops her in the house of the politician. He wins Munna’s confidence. The rest of the story is the one-sided game between Sri Krishna and Munna.
Siddhardh: Siddhardh has always played the character of an NRI or a boy from upper class in all Telugu films (Boys, Yuva, NVNV, Chukkallo Chandrudu and Bommarillu). For the first time, he has donned a character from lower middle class family. His role is that of a movie buff who loves Telugu films and old classics. Hence it is extremely important to have an actor that pronounces the dialogues the same way heroes does in old films. Siddhardh tried his best, but could not get the best dialogue delivery to suit the requirements. He altered his hair style and performed effortlessly in all the scenes.
Ileana: Ileana is gorgeous as female lead in this film. She is beautifully showcased in the songs. She is awesome in 4th and 5th song of the film. This is probably the 3rd film after Devadas and Pokiri where she is a treat to the eyes. She also gave some unique expressions in the boat episode. It has become a fad to keep a dialogue reserved for her behind in the recent films of Ileana.
Others: New actor Vicky is alright as Munna. In the comedy department, Jaya Prakash Reddy is pretty good with his dialect. Sunil and Brahmanandam have done characters that are similar to what they have been doing in previous films. They generated good amount of comedy. Ravi Babu character is good. Yesteryear's vamp Anuradha played Jaya Prakash's wife. Singer Smita performed in a song. Sayaji Shinde did the role of a cop. Producer MS Raju gave guest appearance in a song.
Story: The story and scenes of the film draws huge inspiration from several films. The basic plot is very similar to that of Gudumba Shankar. The first half is all about the couple on run. The second half is all about how hero makes fun of the villain who is all set to marry heroine. The other inspirations include Cinema Paradiso (opening sequence), Project A (first fight), Dil Hain Ki Maanta Nahin (hero - heroine meeting for the first time) and Mr. Bean (Sunil running nude in a hotel).
Screenplay - direction: Since there is hardly any story in the film, it is pretty difficult to write screenplay. Screenplay of the film is ok except for the climax. The director tried to create a sensible link to the incidents happened with the climax, but it hardly works. The director banked more on comedy and songs to narrate the story. He also concentrated less on establishing the love between the lead pair. The emotions are not strongly established.
Other departments: The cinematography takes the top slot in technical departments. Chota K Naidu made sure that he exploited good locations in the first half. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is alright. The picturization of songs is good. Dialogues by Paruchuri have sparks at times. Artwork by Ashok is very good. Production values by Sumanth Art banner are grand.
Analysis: MS Raju is always known for putting a strong emotional content in all his films irrespective of their box office performance. For the first time, he attempted making a film that does not have any emotional depth. He tried to do a breezy film this time. The plus points are entertainment and songs. The negative points are lack of emotions and unimpressive climax. We have to wait and see how common audience receive this film.
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