Kameswara Rao (Sriram) is forced by his grandmother
(Radha Kumari) to accompany her to Kaasi pilgrimage.
Swapna Rao (Arti Chabria) is a NRI girl coming back
from USA along with his grandfather (Balayya) on a vacation.
Their trains stop at a place due to bad weather. These
people are forced to spend few days together because
connection to the outside world is cut. During this
time, Kameswara Rao and Swapna Rao introduce themselves
to each other as Rahul and Subba Lakshmi respectively.
They fall in love with each other. By the time they
want to express their love to each other, they were
Rao goes back to USA. Kameswara Rao joins a company
that promised him a job in USA. The entire second half
revolves around how they find each other.
This is the first straight film of Sriram (of Rojapoolu
fame). He did a sensible portrayal of the role. The
characterization of his role is very soft and tender.
Sri dubbed the voice of Sriram and it sounded fresh.
Chabria: She is a perfect fit as a NRI Telugu girl.
Sunita dubbed Arti with her dulcet voice.
Vijay (of Abbailu Ammailu fame) donned a comedy role
of hero's buddy. He generated lots of humor. Radha Kumari
is good as typical good-hearted yet pampering grandmother.
Jahnavi played her real-life character of a TV anchor.
The ones who played the roles of Sanjay and Williams
Story by Kona Venkat is a very sensitive story, that
needs an exceptional handling of screenplay and a commercial
brain to make it not look like a off-beat film.
- direction: Rasool definitely has lots of creative
zeal in him, which is evident in the style of narration
and taking. The way he opened the film with voice over
narrating the characterization of the hero is impressive.
He took his own time in establishing the characters
and narrated the entire film from hero's perspective.
Having such a thin storyline and keeping the viewers
glued to their seats is a tough task. But Rasool succeeded
in doing so, though the narration seems to be going
at snail's pace at times. Rasool made sure that there
is an undercurrent feel throughout the film. But, he
should have kept the likes/dislikes of masses and middle
class audiences in mind in order to make his film succeed
commercially at box office.
Dialogues by Kona Venkat are very casual and suited
the mood of the film. A few casual dialogues clicked
well to generate the humor because of the director's
ability to create such situations.
Music by Keeravani is the highlight of the film. The
songs are extremely good. Rasool should be given a pat
on his back for extracting such a soulful music from
Keeravani. All the songs are picturised and placed well
in the film. However, 'Ghatu Ghatu' song come as a break
to the narration in second half. I personally liked
'Subbalakshmi' song a lot.
Rasool took a departure from regular shotmaking while
framing shots for a few scenes in this film. The camerawork
by Sunil and Raja is impressive.
Anandi Arts should be commended for accepting to produce
a script that would make regular filmmakers run away
from it. This film would definitely remain as one of
the clean and neat films produced by this banner. However,
the budget for this film appears to be pretty low.
Analysis: The first
half of the film is good with good amount of humor sprinkled
at regular intervals. The graph in second half got down
a bit. However, things were brought back on the wheels
by the time film approached climax. The positive points
are imaginatory direction, extraordinary music and excellent
photography. The negative points are lack of commercial
elements for B and C center crowds, very slow narration
and off-beat outlook. This film should be reaping awards.
But we have to wait and see if this film reaps financial
rewards for the producer as well.