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Jeevi rating: 4 (Four)
Banner: Flying Frogs
Cast: EVV Naresh, Swetha Agrawal, Nilambari, Sanjay, Chalapati Rao, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Tanikella Bharani, Sudha, Lakshmipati, Apoorva, Baby Satya Gayatri and Subhashini
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Story - Dialogues: Nivas
Music: Paul J
Cameraman: Loknath
Art: Bhupesh
Lyircs: Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry
Screenplay - Direction: Ravi Babu T
Presented by: Suresh Movie Distributors
Producer: Ravi Babu

Theatrical Release Date: 10th May 2002



18-year old Ravi (Naresh) is the son of Swagruha Home Foods owner (Kota Sreenivasa Rao). He has a sweet childhood friend Aparna aka Appu (Swetha Agrawal), who also stays in same apartment complex in which Ravi lives. Appu's mother is a widow. Appu's father's ambition was to see Appu as a doctor. Ravi's father is a miser and doesn't give pocket money to Ravi. Appu helps him by giving money and sponsoring all his activities outside.

Ruchi (Nilambari) and her parents live in the flat opposite to Ravi's flat. Ruchi is a major flirt, who uses her boy friends to have lavish lifestyle and expensive gifts. Ravi falls head over heels on Ruchi. Though he starts admiring Ruchi, she hates his presence. Ravi attempts giving a love letter to Ruchi, but in vain. Hence, he requests Appu to pass on the love letter to Ruchi, without telling the source from which the love letter has come. Appu opens the letter and finds that it's a silly love letter. She writes a good and sensible love letter and passes it over to Ruchi. Ruchi starts loving her secret admirer.

One fine day, Ravi introduces himself as the one who has written the love letter and starts dating her. The love letter he wrote to Ruchi changes hands accidentally and as a result love blossoms between Ruchi's father and Ravi's mother. Appu starts feeling bad that her best friend loves a girl whose character is not good. At the same time, she also has some unknown feelings towards Ravi.

Ruchi invites Ravi to her place saying that she is all alone and she wants to give a 'special gift' to him. If you want to know what happened next and the wonderful scenes that followed later, you must watch the film on the silver screen.


Naresh: Naresh is a natural actor and he suited the role perfectly. His character is totally identifiable by all the youngsters and elders alike. The experiences and happenings of his character in the movie are sure to make all the men nostalgic reminding them of their experiences in life. His dialogue delivery is perfect and has very good timing in doing comedy. He has a bright future ahead, if he chooses his future projects carefully.

Swetha Agrawal: She is pretty cute and suits her character to the tee. She brought out the essence of pure friendship with her histrionics.

Nilambari: She is hot and glamorous donning the role of a practical girl, who exploits guys to the maximum by tapping their weaknesses.

Technical Departments:

Screenplay - direction: Ravi Babu has done a fabulous work as the director and screenplay writer. He introduced each and every character very carefully and established them in the minds of visitors. After 20 minutes of duration of film, the audience become well versed with the way each character behaves. There is a thin line between sensibility and obscenity and Ravi Babu made sure that he did not cross that thin line. Though the trailers might hint that it's an adult cheap comedy, Ravi Babu made sure that it's a film that can be watched by one and all without getting embarrassed. His shot-making style is very novel. And he narrated the story with good situational comedy. Ravi Babu started a new trend in film making without bowing to the commercial considerations. We can only hope that this film encourages new filmmakers to come out of the shell and do some innovative stuff.

Dialogues: Dialogues in this film are very good. There is one hilarious dialogue that takes a dig on Raghavendra Rao. It is - 'Ravi! Mee inti mundu intlo manchi figure digindi. Aa ammai boddu K Raghavendra Rao BA chooste urgent gaa velli oka kilo draksha pallu konukkostaadu'. There are also subtle humorous dialogues in the film that can be understood by only educated people. Dialogue writer Nivas has done a great job.

Music: Music for Songs of the film is very good. Background music is also very different as the music director used offbeat instruments (like Tabla, flute etc) in the background.

Songs: There are five songs in the film. Three of them are situational songs and two of them are dream songs (duets). The canning of duets is in MTV song picturization format.

Photography: This film is a 35mm film. So it takes around 5 minutes for audience to understand that a Telugu film is made in 35mm in the present scenario, where even the lowest budgeted film is coming up with 70mm and DTS format. The moment they saw a 35 film, they realize that it's a different film. As the number of characters of the film is less, this format worked out well. The camera angles are very different and the places where camera is focused at times would give you a different feeling.

Production: Ravi Babu must be commended for the kind of risk he has taken in producing such a kind of film on his own. Suresh Babu also deserves an equal pat for funding this daringly different movie.

Analysis: Allari takes a good peek into the Apartment life in cities and into the heart of a 18 year old innocent guy. The first half of the film is very hilarious. It has the entire theater in raptures. The second half is equally good. Since, the narration of the film is very different from regular Telugu cinema format, it might take some time for the audience to understand and appreciate it. The strengths of the film are - Ravi Babu's taking, Naresh's acting, Paul's music and dialogues by Nivas. This film is aimed at intermediate and degree students. Unbane viewers who appreciate suave films would also like this film. Allari is a good film and it should be appreciated well so that we can see new talent making films with innovative themes rather than aping the latest hits and churning out the already chewed cud.

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