Released (18th February 2000) - Chala Bagundi
Jeevi Rating: 4/5
(Four on a scale of five)
Naveen, Malavika, Asha Saini and LB Sriram
Music: Vandetharam Srinivas
Dialogues: Janardhan Maharshi
Screenplay and Direction: EVV
is a wayward orphan who rescues Chandra Mohan of a gruesome
accident. The impressed Chandra Mohan family members(consisting
of Chandramohan wife<Prabha> and their kid Krishna)
gives hostage to Vamsi. These two kids share a good number
of vibes and turns out to be very good thick friends.
As the time passes by Vamsi(Naveen) and Krishna(Srikanth)
become inseparable. Though these two friends are close enough
Vamsi is in no position to get his close buddy away from the
habit of boozing.
Seeta is a small time village belle who comes to Hyderabad
for searching a job. Vamsi interviews her for his company
and duly falls in love. When Seeta is going back to her village,
she is spotted by dipsomaniac Vamsi, who gives her a lift
to Railway station and takes her to remote place to malign
her. When the inevitable thing is about to happen, Seeta escapes
the scene by banging a brick Vamsi on his head.
Later on Vamsi realizes the impact of consuming liquor and
vow to say bye to his boozing habit Meantime the family of
Chandra Mohan visits the marriage of Chandra Mohan old time
pal Chalapathi Rao. Vamsi meets his soul stirring lass Seeta
again. And expresses his wish to marry her. But Vamsi and
Krishna have taken a vow to select girl for each other. Now
it's Vamsi turn to OK Seeta for Krishna. When these two people(Vamsi
and Seeta) face each other, they could recollect the whole
flashback that transpired between them. Vamsi OKs Seeta for
Krishna followed by a marriage.
Seeta hates Vamsi for what he has done to her in the past
and decides to make his life miserable by her clever manipulations.
She do not believe that Vamsi is a changed man now. As the
hatred and revenge in Seeta is growing day by day, the repenting
agony in Vamsi sours to new heights. If you want to know what
this different sensitive film has to offer in the climax,
you must watch this film on the big silver screen to appreciate
EVV's first venture as a full-time producer.
Srikanth: Srikanth found to be third time lucky with
a good role to go with good story after 'Preyasi Raave' and
'Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi'. He character is an easy
going one, but takes a swift shift in the end to give completeness
to it. Srikanth excelled well in that role.
Naveen: Success seems to be eluding Naveen though he
is not erring in his selection of projects. But this time
he got everything right including the much elusive success.
He did exceedingly well in portraying the repenting mass character.
Malavika: Malavika is not an extraordinary
beauty. That's reason why she is selected for this film. She
looks just like the girl next door with her innocent smile
and sensuality of a female. She did well to balance the showing
of love towards srikanth and showing of hatred towards Naveen
in presence of Srikanth and let him not know about the existing
rivalry between Naveen and her.
Asha: She did well in her insignificant, yet important,
character. A steamy song showcases her dare to bare attitude.
LB Sriram: The ultimate killer in this film is LB Sriram
(He is dialogue write who worked for films like Hitler and
Hello Brother). He provided the same kind of impact that is
provided by Rao Gopal Rao in 'Muthyala Muggu'. His Godari
accent is a treat to ears. He is an excellent stage artist.
Just like most of the stage artist, his strength lies in body
gestures and pronunciation of Telugu. Though he is done a
few insignificant roles in films like 'Kishkinda Kanda' and
'Hands Up', this film helped him as a launching pad into the
popularity. He is supposed have grabbed half a dozen films
with his performance in this film. His lingo 'Pusukkuna' makes
people laugh uncontrollably. A new comedy star is born with
Direction: EVV proved that stamina of small big film
with 'Chala Bagundi'. He gave us a complete product in the
form of 'Chala Bagundi'. He direction takes a new dimension
in terms of slickness in this film. In the earlier films the
comedy angle of the film takes unproportionate stretch and
there by kills the pace of story. But in this film clean comedy
is projected in the right proportion in the form of LB Sriram.
Just like his earlier films, Sentiment is 'Chala Bagundi'
Music: Music is this film is very good. Koti gave good
music for EVV and EVV relayed excessively on Koti for his
films. Re-recording is very good in this film as it is done
in DTS format.
Choreography: Choreography for the song 'Entha Bagundi
Basu Ee figure' is excellent. Lawrance did the special appearance
for this song along with Mumtaj. This song is probably lawrance
best special song till date. 'Daham Daham' song is also good.
'Dayamma Daayi' is also a song to watch out for.
Dialogues: Janardhan Maharshi gave good sensible dialogue
with EVV flavor.
Production: The reason given by EVV for transforming
himself as the producer is that he want to have a free hand
at the budget of the film. He spent around 3.5 crores and
all that money is shown in the form of richness on the screen.
He quoted high for the distributors and finally he released
the film himself in Andhra area and taken the help of Geeta
Distributor to release this film in Nizam. After the release
of the film distributors are queuing up to buy the rights
of films outright.
a habit of giving lot of prerelease hype before the release
of his films. He followed the same strategy for the last two
films 'Pilla Nachindi' and 'Neti gandhi'. This time too he
did the same by giving high blitz publicity. But this time
he got another thing right in addition to good publicity.
That is to make a film that is worth the publicity he gives.
People like Chiru and Rama Naidu publicly acknowledge their
personal opinion about 'Chala Bagundi'. EVV has the most powerful
weapon as the publicity vehicle. That is a satisfied viewer.
And all the people who watched this film are giving good feed
back. And this mouth publicity is just doing what it is supposed
of Chala Bagundi Review