(Vikram) takes birth in a crematorium and her mother
dies immediately after his birth. Siddardha is raised
by the crematorium's undertaker. After the death of
the undertaker, Siddardha becomes orphan. He does not
know anybody in the village and he was never been out
of crematorium earlier. He visits village in search
of food. The village people detest his presence and
try to stone him away from the village. Kamala (Sangeeta)
- a ganja seller by trade - rescues him and requests
a mafia leader Rayudu (Ramaraju) to recruit Siddardha.
Siddardha works for Rayudu in his ganja farms. One fine
day, police nab Siddardha on the charges of peddling
ganja from jungles to village.
(Surya) is a village smart trickster who is put in jail
for his misdeeds. Siddardha who never socialized with
people and never observed the customs of the village
had a tough time coping up with the challenges thrown
by the new environment. Siddardha and Satya become close
to each other in the jail. Satya gets released and then
arranges a bail for Siddardha. Satya, Siddardha and
Kamala start living together along with their friends.
asks Siddardha to cremate a dead body and Siddardha
does it. The interrogation by police leads the suspicion
towards Siddardha. Satya then reveals the details of
ganja trade of Rayudu. Rayudu kills Satya in an act
of retaliation. The rest of the film is all about how
Siddardha takes revenge on Rayudu.
Vikram steals the show with his terrific histrionics.
His animalistic antics are a treat to watch. His make-up
is ghastly and it suited the characterization. There
are no dialogues for him this film. And he sustained
the interest among the viewers using his histrionics
alone (no support from dialogues). His body language
Surya is good as the street-smart guy who has
a remarkable humanity in him. His character is shown
as a trickster in the beginning and his humanity is
projected as the second half goes by. Surya is equally
romantic in love/teasing episodes with Laila.
Laila is terrific in this film as a chirpy and bubbly
girl. Her frolics and portrayal of character is very
impressive. She is the only glamour aspect of the film.
And she carried the entertainment value of this film
solely on her shoulders with a great charm. Her character
has innocence and mischief blended in equal proportions.
Savita Reddy's dubbing is added attraction.
Sangeeta did a deglamorized role in this film. She is
quite a bit of revelation. She did the role of a drug
peddler with a soft corner towards Siddardha. Ramaraju
is appropriate for the role of villain. Simran did a
special appearance by acting as her real self, which
is not impressive enough.
The basic story of the film is a commercial one. It
is about protagonist taking revenge on a bad guy who
killed his friend.
- direction: The best part of Bala is the terrific
characterization and appropriate casting. They way he
introduced characters and established them is excellent.
Direction of the film is compact. Screenplay is good
most of the times. Pace of narration is slow. Director
Bala has an artistic orientation in visualizing shots.
Background score and re-recording by maestro Ilaya Raja
is terrific. The opening song 'Okate Jananam Okate Maranam'
is excellent. The second song (sung by RP Patnaik) is
very melodious and acts as a breather in between heavy
departments: Dialogues by Raja Sekhara Reddy are
good. Cinematography by Balasubramanyam is excellent.
Action sequences by Stun Siva are true to reality, believable
and realistic. The fights are very effective as well.
It is quite amusing to see that no character (police,
goons and protagonist) ever use any knife and pistol
in this film for fight sequences. Artwork by A Chella
is fine. Editing by Muthyala Nani should have been more
Actor Vikram acted in a couple of insignificant direct
Telugu films before establishing himself as superstar
in Tamil. One he became a superstar, our Telugu film
producers never gave us a chance to watch Vikram in
a blockbuster film, as they remade all his blockbusters
like Sethu (Seshu - Raja Sekhar), Dhil (Sreeram - Uday
Kiran), Gemeni (Gemini - Venkatesh), Dhool (Veedu -
Ravi Teja), Saami (Lakshmi Narasimha - Bala Krishna).
Here is a chance for Telugu film lovers to watch the
Telugu dubbed version of Vikram's Tamil blockbuster.
Laila is another performer in this film who really rekindled
the entertainment aspect of the film. First half of
the film is compact. Second half is very slow and boring
at times. The climax of the film is very effective.
The Simran's special song would have been avoided in
Telugu version as it's very ineffective. This film is
a must watch for the art movie lovers. The commercial
film lovers might have little uneasiness watching this
film. I would not mind watching 'Siv Putrudu' for histrionics
of Vikram and Laila and realistic direction of Bala.