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Review (20th April 2000) - Badri
(A Man in Love)
Jeevi Rating: 3/5
(Three on a scale of five)
Kalyan, Amisha Patel, Renu Desai and Prakash Raj
Cinematography: Madhu Ambat
Music: Ramana Gogula
Dialogues, Story, Screenplay and Direction: Poori Jagannath
Producer: T Trikrama Rao
(Pawan Kalyan) is an ad agency director whose parents are
settled in USA. He has a ladylove called Vennela (Renu Desai),
who incidentally is a close family friend of Badri's family.
Their parents too want these two lovers to tie the knot. Badri
and Vennela are whiling away time, as Vennela did not finish
her grads yet.
On one of those romantic evenings, Vennela expresses Badri
that she loves him very much. But at the same time she does
not find the same sincerity in the love of Badri. She also
challenges him that no other girl on earth would probably
love him more than she does. Badri, who has a weakness of
getting carried away in arguments, takes up the challenge
immediately. Vennela shows a beautiful girl coming out of
the temple and asks him to patao that girl. Then Vennela goes
to US to spend time with the parents of Badri. Badri gets
the bio-data of the new girl in no time and finds out that
her name is 'Sarayu'. She is a pampered yet docile sister
of Nanda (Prakash Raj). After doing a few stints he was able
to corner Sarayu to the extent that she expresses her love
to him and puts forward a marriage proposal for which Badri
gives no response.
Meantime, Vennela is back and could estimate the body chemistry
between Sarayu and Badri. Then she starts regretting for betting
with Badri. Badri too was torn between his two ladyloves.
Nanda, the brother who is excessively fond of his sister Sarayu,
guns for the blood of Badri, as he knows that Badri and Vennela
are destined for marriage.
As we head for a simple looking yet extremely gripping climax,
we have a very heart-touching performance in store. It is
advisable to watch it on the big screen than knowing the climax
Pawan Kalyan: He is gone a step ahead in terms of emoting
in this film. But he tries to portray too much about him which
probably look like he do not deserve. Pawan Kalyan is such
an actor that if supported by a good story and characterization
can carry the entire burden on him and give a run a way hit.
But he did not reach a position where he can deliver a big
hit with his screen presence alone. As an actor, he excelled
exceedingly well. There are few gems and sparks of scenes
in which he proved his ability to show versatility. There
is one particular shot in climax in which he acted with such
a precision that we feel like seeing Chiranjeevi in place
of him. His dialogue delivery has increased tremendously compared
to the earlier films.
Amisha Patel: If you have seen 'Kaho Naa Pyar Hain'
and if you want the same kind of Amisha Patel in this film
you will be subjected to disappointment. She looks very prim
in this film with innocent kind of looks. She wore all traditional
dresses(Except of 'Ey Chekitta') in this film.
Renu Desai: She is the surprise pack of the
film. She is given more footage than Amisha Patel and she
carried her role with the dignity of a sincere lover and carefree
attitude of a teenager. Her presence in the film made a difference.
Prakash Raj: She did this role of a pampered relative
again. Only difference in his earlier films and this film
is that he did not take any class in this film.
& Direction: Jagannath did try something different.
But failed to make a universal film that can appeal to all
the classes. His characterization of 'Vennela' is excellent.
But he could not justify the mystic, enigmatic and surreptitious
characterization of 'Badri'. All the scenes that followed
after Vennela returned from USA are very well directed. For
a debutante, its a ice try. But he lack in making the mass
elements click in the film.
Music: Ramana Gogula did give good music for songs
and background in this film. 'I am an Indian', 'Bagalakhatam'
and 'Ey Chikitta' are going well with the viewers. All songs
are very good and well pictured. But will they go well with
the masses. For example 'Ey Chikitta' has got excellent music
in which he Pawan Kalyan can dance like a madmax. But instead
he preferred to have walk around in cowboy dress.
The camera work by Madhu Ambat is very commendable. Especially
those songs that are canned in South Africa.
T Trivikrama Rao is supposed to have spent unlimited amounts
and a few sleepless nights to make this film. All his money
is showing up in form of richness in the film.
are expecting another Tammudu out of this film, you have a
big disappointment in the store. The film look smooth and
in the place as long as Vennela character is in place. The
episode of Badri pataoing Sarayu could have dealt in a more
delicate manner. The first half of the first half and second
half of the second half are very well directed. But in between,
the movies makes viewers squirm in the seats. On a whole the
most appreciated things in this film are Fights. He did do
his fights just the way Chiru did in Gangleader. Next comes
the performance of Pawan Kalyan. Third comes the characterization
of Pawan Kalyan. Its an adamant and eccentric one. Pawan Kalyan
gave statement that his attitute is similar to that of Badri(Can
you read in between lines?). Did he get carried away with
other hand, the drawback of 'Badri' characterization is that
Badri is from a rich family and he is proud and adamant guy.
Pawan Kalyan did sympathetic roles in 'Toliprema' and 'Tammudu'
which made him closer the common man so that he can identify
himself. But in this film his adamant nature and eccentrics
made the character have a few negative shades there by not
being liked by everybody. At the same time there are sparks
of casual comments and jokes in this film.
between Badri and Nanda Their ego clash is shown in a creative
way. The eccentric dialogues of Badri on irritated Nanda make
the viewers thrilled. If
you are eagerly waiting or in a hurry to watch this film,
you will get disappointed. But watch this film at your leisure,
you can get the aesthetic juice out of this efferent film.
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