Obul Reddy (Prakash Raj) is a factionist in Kurnool. He falls
in love with Swapna (Bhumika). Obul Reddy kills Swapna's brother
(Achyut) when he passed a remark about the age difference
between Obul Reddy and Swapna. Obul Reddy also kills another
brother of Swapna. Horrified by the impending danger, father
of Swapna gives her certificates and money and asks Swapna
to go to her uncle's place in USA. Obul Reddy catches her
when she starts traveling.
(Mahesh Babu) is a Kabaddi player and is the son of an Assistant
Commissioner of Police (Mukesh Rishi). At this juncture, Ajay
- who is in Kurnool to play Kabaddi games - rescues Swapna
from the hands of Obul Reddy and takes her to Hyderabad. Ajay
takes Swapna to his house and hides her in his room. Ajay,
with the help of friends, arranges passport, visa and flight
tickets for Swapna.
while, the Home Minister (Rajan P Dev) who happens to be the
brother of Obul Reddy asks ACP to search for Swapna and the
guy who has taken away. When ACP realizes that it's his own
son who did the crime, Ajay and Swapna runs away from his
home and hides in Charminar.
rest of the story depends on how Obul Reddy traps the couple
again and how Ajay emerges victorious.
Babu: Mahesh Babu has shown a different dimension to his
acting skills with this film. That is the i.n.t.e.n.s.i.t.y
in his eyes. Without making hero uttering a single word, the
directors have shown this kind of intensity by writing powerful
situations in the past like the Chiranjeevi's introduction
scene in Khaidi and Nagarjuna's chain scene in Shiva. Mahesh
Babu worked really hard for this film and it showed up in
the output. He carried the film on his shoulders.
Chawla: Bhumika is the perfect fit for the role of Swapna.
The dubbed done by Savita Reddy is also apt. Though she looked
sensual in songs, there is a danger of masses complaining
about the glamour aspect (no exposing) of heroine.
Raj: Prakash Raj changed his mustache in this film, which
resembles that of Hindi villain Gulshan Grover. He provided
good amount of entertainment with his serious as well as comedy
acting. The way he says 'I love you' to Bhumika is hilarious.
He is the only actor who can justify that kind of role.
Sakuntala: She acted as 'Ramulamma' - the cigar smoking
lady don and mother of Prakash Raj. She provided entertainment
with her typical dialogue deliver and peculiar walking style.
Rishi: Mukesh Rushi played a soft role of a sincere police
officer and it's a refreshing change for audience to see Mukesh
Rishi doing a character which is other than a dread some villain.
Chandra Mohan played the role of helpless father who lost
two sons. Rajan P Dev played the role of Home Minister in
two consecutive films (Naaga and Okkadu). Geeta acted as mother
of Mahesh Babu in this film. She is also pretty good. Niharika
- the cute little girl who acted as niece to Venky in 'Preminchukundam
Raa' - acted as sister of Mahesh Babu in this film. She is
an asset to the film.
Story: The basic storyline of a film is how a man acts
as a guard to a woman and saves her from danger. The entire
first half is devoted to establish the story and the second
half has a single mission of hero sending heroine to USA.
It's a pretty interesting plot. The original caption of 'Her
Army' would have been retained with Okkadu title.
- Direction: The director's real worth of screenplay comes
out when the storyline of the film is thin. Guna Sekhar excelled
in screenplay department with excellent screenplay. Guna Sekhar
has a special style of frames of taking. He maintained the
class touch of the film throughout and elevated mass elements
to exhilarating effect. Guna Sekhar seems to have done this
film with positive vengeance.
Dialogues in this film are apt and well measured. Paruchuri
brothers have done neat job in dialogues department. There
are few effective mass dialogues in the film that elevated
'Nenu Kurnool Kabaddi aadataatiki Vachaanu. Kaani vere
aata aadavalasi vachindi'
2. Prakash Raj to Mukesh Rushi (while taking Mahesh Babu
in a Sumo to kill him): Em ACP! Nee kodukuni teesukuveltaante
neeku tension gaa vunda?
Mukesh Rushi to Prakash Raj: 'avunu. Tension gaa vundi.
Naa koduku gurinchi kaadu. Mee gurinchi'
3. Mahesh to Prakash Raj: 'Tella chokka vesukunna prativaadu
4. The dialogues where Bhumika humiliates Prakash Raj by
talking about magatanam
Photography by Sekhar V Joseph is excellent. Cinematography
is one of the outstanding aspects of Okkadu.
Set work by Ashok Kumar is very good. The 2 crore worth Charminar
set is very good. And the devadas kind of set for the last
song in this film is also exceptionally good.
Editing by Srikar Prasad is crisp. His sharp editing kept
the pace of film in good condition.
As said by Sirivennela in audio function, the songs of the
film are interlaced in the narration of story. All songs narrated
the storyline and the mood of the film.
Stunts for this film are extraordinary. The stunts have rich
technique associated with it, but at the same time the mass
fights (naatu kottudu) are rightly composed to enthrall
the masses. First fight and last fight of the film are extraordinary.
Mani Sharma has given excellent songs and background music.
He can be proud of his 50th film. Here is the sequence of
songs in the film
rama: This song is pictured on Mahesh Babu and 10's
of dancers with Charminar backdrop. This song is like an
M TV video. Very neat and glorifying with good steps by
Mahesh Babu and ultra modern choreography
Chesavokaani: a typical heroine introduction song taken
in beautiful and luster scenic locations.
Swasaga: This song comes as a situational song where
Mahesh Babu escorts Bhumika to Hyderabad with interludes
like Bhumika telling about her flashback to Mahesh Babu.
The camera work and editing for this song is superb.
Chirugaali: This song is the best situational song in
this film. Though hero sings this song, the director has
taken good care to show all the artists dancing in this
film. Excellent song with good class steps.
re hai: This songs starts with a conversation between
Mahesh and Bhumika in Charminar and then the location shifts
to abroad where Mahesh Babu excites his fans with full-speed
This song starts as a situational song after Bhumika dares
Prakash Raj about his manliness then it migrates in to beautiful
Devdas-like sets designed by Ashok. This song has good Lawrence
kind of mass steps with Mahesh Babu and Bhumika wearing
MS Raju is known for his lavishness and uncompromising attitude
in film production. The film is rich in technical values and
postproduction effects. He spent 2 crores for Charminar set.
He also spent lot of money in hiring thousands of junior artists
for scenes like Kabaddi match, Muslims men and Burkha clad
First half of the film is very good. Second half is good.
The narration has become slow in the second half. But keeping
in mind that there is only one thread (Mahesh sending Bhumika
to USA) to be narrated, we can't expect a better second half.
All the scenes that happen in Mahesh Babu's house provide
lot of entertainment with subtle comedy. Mahesh Babu deserves
an outstanding blockbuster and Okkadu has all the ingredients
to become one.
Talk: This film has got positive talk everywhere and is
declared as a hit. But the range of the film depends on relative
performance of other films, world cup's effect and how families
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