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Jeevi rating: 2/5
: Horror flick for masses
Genre: Horror
Banner: Samsritha Films
: Ravi Teja, Radhika Varma, Bose, Raghu Babu, Jeeva & Rallapally
Story: Samsritha Films
Music: Madhukar
Lyrics: Kula sekhar & Surendra Krishna
Stunts: Ram Lakshman
Editing: V Nagi Reddy
Producer: Prabhakar Reddy
Screenplay - Direction: Sagar
Probable release date: 27th December 2002


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The film starts with a person called Prabhakar crushing himself to death by walking on to a speeding train. He was influenced by some mysterious person's black magic. As everybody thought that it was a suicide, Vamsy (Ravi Teja) - brother of Prabhakar - believes that it's a planned murder.

Vamsy is in love with his nagging girl friend Bhavana (Radhika Varma). Bhavana is another victim of occult sciences and she gets fits occasionally when she is sleeping. The priest tells Bhavana's mother that Bhavana is under going trauma created by Black Magic and the solution for this is to get her married to any guy with a matching birth chart. And she would come out of occult influence only when the bridegroom of matching birth chart deflowers her in the first night. Fortunately Vamsy's birth chart matches with that of Bhavana's and both of them are wedded now, but their first night gets into trouble due to some problems.

Vamsy happens to see a couple of unopened letters addressed to his deceased brother Prabhakar from a watchman of a guesthouse in forest. The watchman warns Prabhakar in those letters to comeback to forest failing to which he would be facing dire consequences. After reading these letters Vamsy and Bhavana embarks on a search (Anveshana). The rest of the story is all about how they chase the mystery.


Ravi Teja: Ravi Teja accepted this film during his bad times. By the time it is completed and released, Ravi Teja has become a hottest star with four consecutive thrilling hits. Though second half goes on a serious mode, Ravi Teja provided some entertainment with his dialogue comedy in first half. He is good, as usual, in serious scenes too. Ravi Teja got thunderous applause for his opening shot, though it was a normal introduction with hero sitting in library and reading a book.

Radhika Varma: Radhika Varma - a Delhi theater personality - is basically a good artist. But she is a bad selection as heroine. She looks fair, but can't really act in Telugu films due to nativity problem. Her expressions are very artificial and lip sync for dubbing is bad.

Other Cast: Rallapally played the pop to Ravi Teja. Raghu Babu got another good role in this film and he impresses. All other characters artists and relatively new faces. Casting is done appropriately.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The basic storyline is interesting. Director Sagar has made the narration interesting. But the screenplay of the film is little sluggish. Since, the film is taken over a period of 2 years with considerable cash crunch, there are lots of loopholes in the film. There are unnecessary songs (only two songs are there) and unwanted action sequences are inserted to please the frontbenchers. Sagar definitely knows the mass pulse. If somebody can give him a good budget and huge star cast, he can do better films.

Other departments: Madhukar, a protégé of RP Patnaik, provided the music. The background music of the film is apt. The music for songs is not good. There are a few vulgar dialogues in the film, which got a good amount of hooting from matinee crowds. Photography of the film is good and forests are captured well in the second half. Editing is OK.

The first half of the film provides some entertainment and a few surprise elements. Second half is boring at times. When you are going to watch a horror film made by Telugu director, you know what you expect. If you realize that limitation, you can find this film to be a passable fare. But for a hero like Ravi Teja who is on a roller-coaster-ride of hits this film is a disappointment. The movie is opened with almost-housefuls and the audiences are 100% males with mass orientation. And all this credit goes to Ravi Teja for generating good openings for a film that would have opened with empty halls otherwise.

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