An innocuous and good-hearted lad Simhadri(NTR) is handpicked
by Ram Bhupal Varma(Nazar). The bond Ram Bhupal Varma
and Simhadri share is like that of a father and son.
Kasturi (Ankita) is the grand daughter (daughter's daughter)
of Ram Bhupal Varma. Kasturi likes Simhadri a lot. Once
in a week, Simhadri visits a mentally retorted girl
called Indu (Bhumika). He entertains her and passes
on the money to her caretakers (Rallapally and Ragini).
After coming to know about Ankita's liking towards Simhadri,
Ram Bhupal Varma decides to get them married. At this
point of time, it is revealed that Simhadri is very
close to a mentally retorted girl Indu. The alliance
breaks off. Mean while a bunch of gangsters are in search
of Simhadri. They found him at the banks of Godari River
along with Indu. In that confrontation between gangsters
and Simhadri, Indu gets injured. When she comes back
to her senses, she becomes a normal girl. The first
thing she does then was to stab Simhadri.
is hospitalized. Then we see hoards of buses coming
from Kerala to see Simhadri, whom they call as Singamalai.
In the flashback it is revealed that Ram Bhupal Varma's
elder daughter Seeta (Seeta) elopes with a guy (Bhanu
Chandar). They settle in Kerala. Simhadri takes up the
job of uniting family and visits Trivendrum. There he
finds Indu as the grand daughter of Ram Bhupal Varma.
He convinces the separated family and when the reunion
is about to happen, Seeta is stabbed by a local goon
Nair (Rahul Dev). A rowdy named Bhai Saab (Mukesh Rushi)
controls the mafia of Kerala. Nair and Bhai Saab belong
to the same mafia. Simhadri takes law into his hands
and eradicates goons in Kerala. The local Kerala people
starts calling him 'Singamalai'. When Simhadri along
with Indu and her father is about to return to Vizag,
an unexpected thing happens.
know what that unexpected thing, you should watch it
on silver screen.
NTR has displayed the entire gamut of emotions
in this film from innocence to dare devilry guile. This
character offered him the chance to use all his histrionic
capability to impress the crowds and he utilized every
frame of it to make a deep impact on the hearts of the
viewers. His effortless dancing capabilities saw newer
heights in this film. He is terrific in action sequences
and his body language and facial expressions make us
believe the unbelievable action sequences. He effortlessly
modulates his voice from dialogue to dialogue as per
Chawla: Bhumika Chawla is the perfect fir for the
role of Indu. She impresses us with her innocent looks
for the character of mad girl. However, she could not
help becoming a Malayala Kutti (in that typical Malayali
dress) in the second half of the film. You can see a
brand new mass Bhumika in the 'Whistle'
song of the film.
Ankita could be crowned as the latest glam doll, who
does not hesitate to shed her cloths at the drop of
a hat. She wore bare minimal cloths for the voyeuristic
pleasure of peeping toms. She did well in dances department
too. However, she is almost missing in the entire second
half except for a song and a couple of scenes.
Nazar is the perfect fit for that role. Kota Srinivasa
Rao provided some classic comedy as the 'Pingali' guy.
The comedy episodes of Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav
are entertaining. Ramya Krishna is hot in the special
song. Rahul Dev looks debo'nair' in his 'Nair' get up.
Mukesh Rushi has finally got an opportunity to show
his muscles in the film in his Tarzan getup in the jail.
He looks terrific. Sharad Saxena did the positive character
of lieutenant of NTR in Kerala. Seeta and Bhanu Chandar
did justice to their roles. Master Mahendra did well
as a handicapped lad.
Story: Story of the film is pretty strong. However,
the story in second half should have been knitted with
more care. There are a couple of unconvincing points
in this film.
1. The reason why Bhanu Chandar and Nazar hate each
other so much is not convincing enough.
2. Sarat Saxena is shown as a helpless and sincere police
officer. But he does not do a thing to even stop a goon
from committing a rape or murder.
Screenplay - direction: Screenplay of the film
in the first half is tight. The screenplay in the second
half looks more like being knitted impromptu on the
sets than sticking to a perfect bounded script. It's
hard to believe that SS Raja Mouli -who is very much
soft natured in real life - directed such a mass masala
film with good conviction. Raja Mouli should be commended
for incorporating all sections (comedy, fights, sentiment,
masala, powerful dialogues etc) in an appropriate way
without losing grip on narration. He would become a
very good mass director in the future.
Songs by Keeravani capture the mood of the targeted
audience, though few numbers remind us of songs from
Keeravani's earlier albums. Background music is also
Some of the dance bits by NTR for first and last songs
(Cheema & Soda Buddi) are extraordinary. 2 melodious
songs are very sensibly pictured on Bhumika and NTR.
Guest song on NTR and Ramya Krishna is also excellent.
'Gangotri' Viswanath and M Rathnam did a good job in
dialogues department. They wrote all kinds of dialogues
(sentiment, mass, masala, comedy). In the titles itself,
they mentioned that all the dialogues of Kerala episode
are written in Telugu so that audiences could understand
(other wise chronic critics like me would have complained
Photography by Ravindra Babu is impressive. The way
sun set is captured for various scenes in the film is
beautiful. Lots of special effects were also added to
Stunts by Vijay are worth applauding. Most of the fights
composed for NTR have NTR killing the people with just
one shot. There is lot of bloodshed in the fights of
departments: Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
is crisp. Art by Anand Sai is good.
Producer Dora Swami Raju showed his experience of filmmaking
in choosing an apt subject for NTR. The film is also
shot in a rich scale.
First Half of the film is very much entertaining and
would be liked by all sections of the audiences. The
second half is little haphazard. The second half is
stuffed by 1 hour of Kerala flashback episode. By the
time flashback is over, people would be in a frame of
mind that the climax is over. The last song and the
following climax episode should have been picturised
in an effective way. The second half does appeal to
the masses a lot. Over all, its a good film that would
give value for money you spent on ticket (only if you
can excuse some skin showing scenes, double entendres
and excessive bloodshed)
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