Pehalvan, a.k.a ANDHRAWALA (NTR), is the leader of labor
from Andhra in Mumbai. Shankar fights with the mafia
don Bade Mia (Sayaji Shinde) and in the process Andhrawala
also becomes a don. In the ensuing mafia feud, Bade
Mia kills Shankar and his wife (Sanghavi). Basha (Benarjee)
- a trusted lieutenant of Sankar - takes away the kid
to rescue him from Bade Mia. When mafia goons follow
him, Basha leaves the kid on a footpath besides a beggar
kid, Munna (NTR), is raised in a slum area. While Basha
is in search of Munna to safeguard him, Bade Mia is
in search of him to avenge the death of his son in the
hands of Shankar. Thanks to the similarities in appearance
of father and son, Basha and Bade Mia recognize that
Munna is son of Sankar. Munna gets to know his identity
and the story of his father and his death from Basha.
In the meanwhile, Bade Mia men descend to Hyderabad
to kill Munna. Munna decides to take the battle to Bade
Mia and goes to Mumbai to confront with Bade Mia face
to face. The rest of the story is all about how Munna
succeeds in his personal vendetta.
NTR performed well in the role of Munna as a committed
youngster with loads of mass charecterization. His dance
movements are as fluid as it can get and he attempted
doing variety steps in 'Naire' song with good success.
His comedy in first half is firstrate. However, the
get up for the role of 'Andhrawala', that appears for
very small time on screen, resembles that of Raja Sekhar's
in Maa Annayya.
She played the role of Miss India and of a girl who
is desperately seeking the attention and love of hero.
Though she is good as a mass heroine, her characterization
crossed the limits of sensibilities with a few lewd
gestures. Words uttered by her like 'Pisikesta' and
'Kinda paina choodavayya' were at best avoidable. The
scene is which she lifts her dress to forcibly seduce
Munna also crosses the limits. The dubbing artist who
usually dubs for Ramya Krishna's voice has dubbed for
Rakhista voice in this film.
For Sayaji Shinde, it's
a perfect role of Hindi speaking Mumbai don. Rahul
Dev played the role of bother of heroine. Benarjee
is terrific. Jeeva is appropriate.
Brahmanandam is pretty
hilarious in the character of home minister. The comedy
scene between Brahmanandam and Pavala
Syamala is the best comedy scene in this film.
Rama Prabha and Venu
Madhav are OK. Rajiv Kanakala
got a very unimportant role and is not utilized. Nassar,
GV and Ranganath
Story of the film is old fashioned one. There is one
shortcoming in the basic storyline. Nasser is seen as
the guardian of crores of property earned by Andhrawala.
Andhrawala started his career as daily labor and gradually
becomes a don. If Andhrawala earns so much money, why
did he not distribute to his colleagues.
- direction: Screenplay of the film lacks the proper
format. Its very slow in first half and its very rapid
in second half. Puri Jagan targeted hardcore masses
in this film and moulded characterization of the protagonist
accordingly. You can find heroine dominating love proceedings
in this film in contrast to Jagan's latest films (Idiot,
ANOTA, Shivamani) where hero dominates heroine. Though
the direction is quite satisfactory in the first half,
the things go haywire in the second half. The last 30
minutes of the film witnesses loads of gun fire and
killing spree where many persons are killed at a rapid
Dialogues by Puri Jagan are OK. Half the dialogues written
for NTR have the flavor of careless one-liners that
are usually seen in Puri Jagan's hero charecters (especially
Ravi Teja). However, he could have avoided writing explicit
dialogues to Rakshita's character. All the dialogues
for Mumbai episode are written in Hindi. And for a normal
mass viewer, its quite difficult to understand Hindi
dialogues. Telugu sub titles would have been appropriate.
departments: Music by Chakri is average. Choreography
of first and last song ('Naire Naire' and 'Gichi Gichi)
is excellent. Other songs are neat. Re-recording is
satisfactory. Shyam K Naidu's photography is good. Editing
by Marthand K Venkatesh is crisp. Stunts by Vijay match
his earlier good work. Giri made this film with ample
First half of the film is OK. Interval bang is interesting.
The second half is dull. The flashback episode - that
is supposed to justify the title of film - could not
evoke the right emotion. This film is released with
lots of hype and hoopla in 450 odd theaters. We have
to wait and see if NTR's charisma could pull the film's
run to a decent number of days or not.
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