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Donga Ramudu & Party
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Jeevi rating: 2.75/5
: Comedy limited
Can kids watch this film?
Yes (no vulgarity and no violence)
Kirthi Creations
: Srikanth, Laya, Bhuvaneswari, Suhasini (Special Appearance), Jaya Prakash Reddy, Surya, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Rallapally, Tanikella Bharani, Lakshmana Rao, Krishna Bhagawan, Jyothi Lakshmi, Mallikharjuna Rao, Jeeva, Melkote and Bangalore Padma

Music: Chakri
Dialogues: Sankaramanchi Parthasaradhi
Cinematography: Loki
Lyrics: Trivikram Srinivas
Lyrics: Peddada Murthy, Sri Sai Harsha, Bommakanti & Tanikella Shankar
Producer: ML Kumar Chowdary
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Vamsi
Release date: 26 June 2003


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Rama Krishna (Srikanth) is a petty thief with his 4-member team that also includes a lady (Bhuvaneswari). He falls in love with a journalist Vasantha Lakshmi (Laya).

Then there is a village in Konaseema called Kotayya-vari-palem. There used to be an illustrious gentleman called Kotaiah on whom the village is named after. His only daughter eloped with a guy she loved. Koataiah died later by writing a will that all his property should be passed on to the offspring of his daughter. He gave the responsibility of finding out the heir to a loyal man Somayajulu (Jaya Prakash Reddy).

Vasantha Lakshmi is sent on to investigate more about that village by the editor. Rama Krishna, who is running away from the impending police plans to pretend as the grandson of Kotaiah and enters Kotayya-vari-palem. The rest of the story revolves on the point of Rama Krishna duping the village men and then reforming himself into a good human being with the help of Vasantha Lakshmi.

Artists Performence

Srikanth: Srikanth played the role with ease. His comedy timing is pretty good. His character has some similarities to the one he did in 'Tappuchesi Pappukoodu'.

Laya: You can see Laya through Vamsi's eyes in this film. She looks different in this film with sleeveless blouse, sarees and lenses (cat eyes). She tried to get an hourglass figure with that get-up and she partly succeeded in it. Sunita dubbed her voice.

Others: Vamsy is always known for typical characterization for his actors. The combination of Krishna Bhagavan and Lakshmana Rao is good and generated nice humor. TV actress Bhuvaneswari acted as one among the thieves in Donga Ramudu's party, who seduces single males and then loots the entire house. Jaya Prakash Reddy did a variety role. Veteran vamp Jyoti Lakshmi did a decent role. Kota did a small cameo and his comedy is good. Suhasini made a special appearance in this film.

Technical Departments:

Story: Story of the film is pretty predictable. The moment a village is shown and story of 'Kotayya-vari-palem' is narrated, it's pretty much everybody's guess that Srikanth would enter the village to cheat everybody as Kotaiah's heir. But in the climax, there is a small twist.

Screenplay - direction: It's a typical Vamsi's screenplay and taking. But what is missing in the film is the undercurrent emotion. Vamsi - who enthralled audiences with his comeback by Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru - could not deliver what is expected of him in this film. There are few humor-generating scenes. But the narration of the film is not so interesting.

Music: Chakri has given wonderful tunes for this film. But his background score is not up to the mark. In some comedy scenes, the noisy sound is somewhat irritating. The sound mixing in songs is also not good (probably due to theater sound system). The sound dominated lyrics.

Songs: Vamsi has shown his way of canning songs through this film as well. He dressed Laya in typical Bharata Natyam dress and made her dance in foreign locales. The way he showed the close up of her eyes and her face through spaced cuts is pretty enjoyable.

Dialogues: Dialogues are good in parts. The way satirical punches are delivered between Krishna Bhagawan and Lakshmana Rao is excellent.

First half of the film is average. Second half is little dull. The climax is better. Vamsi - who mastered the art of village comedy with his typical characterization ability - could not succeed in generating the desired result because of the improper screenplay and narration. However, this film could be worth a watch for the songs and comedy between Krishna Bhagawan and Lakshmana Rao.

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