leader Sobhanadri (Raja Murad) picks up the orphan Sivaji
(Mohan Babu) on the streets and takes him as godson.
Hemadri (Riaz Khan) is the son of Sobhanadri and he
is often jealous of the love showered on Sivaji by his
father. Hemadri kills a judge in a fit of rage and Sobhanadri
reprimands him and gives the power of attorney for his
assets and operations to Sivaji.
enraged Hemadri plans to assassinate the entire family
of Sivaji and he succeeds only in killing wife of Sivaji
(Soundarya) and one son. Sivaji takes his other son
and migrates from Vizag to Bailukuppe monastery (near
Mysore) to become a monk. He changes his name to Shiv
Shankar and donates all the money he inherited from
his godfather to the monastery. Meanwhile, Sobhanadri
and Hemadri are in frantic search to find out Sivaji
and retrieve all their money. The rest of the story
is all about what prompted Shiv Shankar to travel back
to Vizag and how all ends well.
Babu is at his best. There are his trademark dialogues
in this film that got response from the frontbenchers.
Soundarya is good as usual and unfortunately this film
is her last film. Natanya Singh is OK in her glamorous
role. Though good in histrionics, Raja Murad could not
live up to the caliber of the godfather role mainly
because he could not get his histrionics in a right
way that Telugu audience could appreciate. Riaz Khan
is fair as the hot-blooded bad guy. Separate comedy
track involving Venu Madhav, AVS and a girl is bit vulgar.
Ahuti Prasad did an important role of Muslim car driver.
Basic storyline of the film is heavily inspired by 2002
Oscar Award nominated Tom Hanks film 'Road to Perdition'.
In fact there are certain scenes in the film in which
shots/dialogues were translated as it is. Though 'Road
to Perdition' was released in 2002, the backdrop of
the film is set against depression era in USA (1930's).
The latter part of the film is reworked on to suit the
- direction: Screenplay by Satyanand is mediocre.
Direction by Kapuganti Rajendra (28th protégé
of Dasari Narayana Rao) is old-fashioned. The director
could mold the film in a proper way though the actress
Soundarya demised during the making of the film. However,
the characterization of Raja Murad is bit confusing
as per the following scenes:
In a scene Raja Murad tells his Riaz that Sivaji is
just like the pet dog who shows too much of loyalty
to its owner. He assures Riaz that all his assets
and power would be transferred to him.
2. In another scene, Raja Murad transfers all the
money and power to Sivaji.
departments: Music by Maestro Ilayaraja is melodious
except for an item song. Background music is OK. Cinematography
by Jayaram is fair. Dialogues by Satyanand are average.
Visual effects (graphic work) done for the film is good
(without looking artificial and without dominating the
originally shot spool). The location of Bailukuppe monastery
and Buddha Temple are good. The concept of using split
screen is good. But it would have been more helpful
if the same work were done for a film made with high
technical values and modern shot making.
First half of the film is average. Second half is a
let down. The plus points of the film are performance
of Mohan Babu and music by Ilayaraja. The main drawback
of the film is old-fashioned narration and taking. This
film is the last film of Soundarya, thus derives bit
of sympathy factor. We have to wait and see how box
office responds to Mohan Babu's film that is released
after a gap of two years.
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