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Jeevi rating: 2.75/5
: for B and C centers
Family Drama
Can kids watch this film?
Yes (no vulgarity and no violence)
Goodwill Cinema
: Raviteja, Kalyani, Rekha, Thanikella Bharani, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Sunil, Uttej, Ali, M.S. Narayana, Jeeva, Shakeela, Rajitha, Master Nandu, Master Durga Prasad, Baby Malasri
Music: Vidya Sagar
Dialogues: Marudhuri Raja
Stunts: Ram Lakshman
Editing: Gowtam Raju
Cinematography: Ramana Raju
Producer: Rushita Sai
Screenplay - Direction: Bheemineni Srinivas
Release date: 7th August 2003


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Madhava (Ravi Teja) becomes a thief in his childhood to feed the hunger of his sister and he continues to be a notorious thief in that village. There is one landlord called Naidu (Tanikella Bharani) who exploits the people around by unfair means. Rukhmini (Kalyani) is the daughter of Naidu. Naidu also possesses the registration forms of Madhava's house with him because he gave loan to the father of Madhava at a very high interest rate.

Madhava pretends to fall in love with Rukhmini so that he could get the registration forms of his house back. The Rest of the film is about how Naidu cooks a plan to convict Madhava in a theft which he has not done and how Madhava emerges as winner.

Artists: Ravi Teja performed well with in the limitations of the character. But his mustache is not big enough to justify the caption 'meesaalu tippaada anthe!'. Kalyani does not have much role to play in the film. Rekha is limited to a couple of scenes. Tanikella Bharani got pretty good role as a villain in this film. Shakeela did the role of 'Kameswari' who has an extramarital affair with Tanikella Bharani. Varsha performed well as sister of Ravi Teja. Sunil did a comedy role of a wannabe-lawyer. He had one serious and effective dialogue in this film that got whistles from the masses.

Technical Departments:

Story: The basic storyline lacks minimal logic. One don't under why Madhava - who is an ambidextrous thief did not steal the registration forms from the villain's locker even when he got a chance to do that. Everybody in the village knows that Madhava is a thief, but they don't try to mend him or hand him over to the police. On the top of it, hero has a sentiment. If he twirls his mustache (meesaalu tippadam) in front of somebody, it's a signal to the other person that hero is going to steal stuff from that person's home on the same night!

Screenplay - direction: The screenplay and direction of the film is pretty routine. The characterization of the hero and heroine roles is pretty confused. However, the director handled the comedy scenes well.

Other departments: Music by Vidya Sagar is pretty average. All the songs in this film are rehashed from the existing popular tunes. The 'Dum Dum Dum' song is good in the film. There are some good mass comedy dialogues written by Marudhuri Raja. Photography of the film is OK.

First half of the film is average with some comedy. The second half is dull. Climax is routine. The basic drawback of the film is confused narration and illogical basic storyline. It may not go well with classes. This film is basically aimed at B and C centers. One fails to understand why Bheemineni has to buy the remake rights of such an out-of-place storyline and make it in Telugu. The success of this film depends on how masses receive it.

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