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Chenna Kesava Reddy
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Jeevi rating: 2.75/5
Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Cast: Bala Krishna, Shriya, Tabu, Devayani, Annapurna, Jayaprakash Reddy, Raghu Babu, Siva Krishna, MS Narayana, Brahmanandam, Ali, LB Sriram, Chalapati Rao, Ahuti Prasad, Vizag Prasad, Pruthvi
: Mani Sharma
Photography: Ajay Vincent
Fights: Vikram Dharma
Art: Raju
Choreography: Lawrance
Editing: Gowtam Raju
Story - Screenplay - Direction: VV Vinayak
Production: Bellamkonda Suresh
Release date: 25th September 2002


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Bharat (Bala Krishna) is a sincere police officer and a playful youngster in Mumbai. A medical college student Preethi (Shriya) falls in love with him.

Back in Pulivendula, a statue of Chenna Kesava Reddy is shown. Chenna Kesava Reddy is supposed to be a famous and the most revered man who is missing for the past 22 years. A faction leader Dhanunjay Reddy dominates that area. A sincere police officer (Siva Krishna) is sent to Pulivendula. He irritates Dhanujay Reddy and as a result that police officer is demoted and posted as a jailer in Tihar Central Jail. There he finds Chenna Kesava Reddy, who is clueless about why he is kept in jail. He says that he is surviving to seek revenge on his opponents. Who are his opponents? What is his relationship with the playful cop in Mumbai? Why is his statue erected in Pulivendula?

To know the answers, watch this film on a big screen.


Bala Krishna: Bala Krishna played duel role in this film He is very naughty as a lover boy and serious as the police officer. The highlight of the film is the get-up of Chenna Kesava Reddy. He did extremely well in portraying emotions.

Heroines: Shriya is cute and her role is limited to three songs and a few teasing scenes. Award winning actress Taboo is reduced to a character artists in the film. But she excelled in her small role. Devayani acted as the sister of Chenna Kesava Reddy. She did very well in a couple of emotional scenes in second half.

Others: Jaya Prakash Reddy excelled in his role as villain in flashback scene with his typical seema lingo. MS Narayana did a comedy role that is very similar to his Aadi posture. Brahmanandam have a couple of hilarious scenes as 'Seema Sastry'. LB Sriram did a 2-minute role as Hippy Lahari.

Technical Departments

Story: Story of the film is loosely based on Kamal Hassan's Khaidi Veta. This story is taken as the baseline and a faction background is added.

Screenplay - direction: VV Vinayak, who made dream debut with 'Aadi' failed to impress the audience with 'Chenna Kesava Reddy'. Screenplay of the film is pretty loose. There are lots of inconstancies in narration. There are jerks in flow of the film. Director concentrated more on canning individual scenes than keeping holistic perspective in mind.

Music: Mani Sharma failed to impress the crowds by not giving ample mass beats in this film. Background music is also not impressive.

Songs: The picturization and placing of songs is not done properly. Except for first and last songs, all other songs fail to evoke response from frontbenchers. The main drawback for songs is lack of mass beats. Even Lawrance could not get right steps for these songs.

Fights: A big plus point of the film is fight picturization. Vikram Dharma did a fine job. There is one excellent scene where four Sumo vehicles come out of underground all of a sudden. All other fights are good. But again, what makes these fights ineffective is the fact that emotion/cause to do them is missing.

Other departments: Photography by Ajay Vincent is OK. Editing by Gowtam Raju is average. Set work by Raju is good.

Production: The producer seems to have concentrated more on canning individual scenes than presenting the film with a tight script. For the kind of rates the film is sold for, the producer should have made a better film.

Positive Points:

1. Balayya get up of Chenna Kesava Reddy
2. Devyani role as CKR sister
3. Chase scene and action sequences

Negative Points:

1. Screenplay and direction
2. Narration
3. Music

First half of the film is pretty slow. Second half of the film is average. The characterization of Chenna Kesava Reddy is not done effectively. The way he kills his opponents after releasing from jail is total anti climax. The scenes like Tabu dieing, Jaya Prakash killing the family of Bala Krishna did not get the right responses from the crowds. Flashback scene of the film is not effective. The biggest drawback of the film is that neither son nor father got elevated in the climax. We have to wait and see what the masses in AP have in store for Chenna Kesava Reddy.

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