civil engineer (Prakash Raj) is assigned to build a
reservoir called 'Seetamma Talli Dam' at a village Ramapuram.
A local politician Brahmam (Pilla Prasad) opposes the
move and gets the engineer and his wife killed. Their
son becomes an orphan and is named as Anji (Nitin) by
the temple priest (Chandra Mohan). He is raised by a
few kind people. Anji is a staunch devotee of Lord Anjaneya.
comes to know that there are heavy deposits of black
granite in the area where the 100-year-old temple exists.
Brahmam plans to demolish the temple and construct a
new temple at some other place. Anji wants to do something
about it. But he cannot do a thing because he fears
fine day, Lord Anjaneya comes to Anji in guise of a
human being and be there with him to teach him and prepare
him to perform that Dharma which he is assigned
by the God to do it. That is to build the 'Seetamma
Talli Dam', so that everybody in the village can enjoy
the good crops with the help of ample water from the
Arjun: Arjun has a magnetic presence in this
film. SP Bala Subramanyam dubbed Arjun's voice and it
helped in establishing the divinity to the character
from the voice aspect as well. His imitation of monkey's
mannerisms went well with the characterization.
Nitin is the best choice for the role of male lead in
this film. He is extremely delicate in looks and innocently
vulnerable in outlook. For the first time, Nitin dubbed
his own voice (Hero Sivaji dubbed his voice for his
earlier films). And he needs to tone up his modulation
a little bit and should speak a bit slow for clarity.
Charmy is lively as the bubbly village girl. Udaya Bhanu's
dubbing sounds fresh for a heroine's role because we
see Sunitha doing dubbing for 70% of the films which
make her voice monotonous. Charmy's emotional outburst
at her father in the second half is pretty impressive.
She exposed herself a lot in the couple of duet songs.
And her natu dialogues in the film include abuses
like 'naa koduku'.
Pilla Prasad - a new actor - is impressive as the villain.
The brother of villain provided certain comic relief
with his quick repartees at his brother. Chandra Mohan
is honest as the temple priest. Prakash Raj and Ramya
Krishna did guest appearances as the parents of hero.
Subbaraju is good as the henchman and his dialogue 'I
lovvu Paddu' is cool.
The basic story is line has the following two main threads
A son accomplishing the noble deed left unfinished by
his parents because they got killed by a bad guy.
2. God coming in rescue of a devotee and guiding him
to accomplish the 'daiva karyam'.
films like Ammoru and Sri Manjunadha,
the God - in guise - visits the devotee to help him/her
and he/she ask God (in guise) to go away from them.
The same point is used in this film as well.
- direction: Krishna Vamsy's mark is there in the
direction. However, he should have taken enough care
in screenplay. 80% of the film has devotional ingredients.
And it is absolutely essential to get the audiences
respond to the devotional scenes in a compassionate
way. But only few devotional scenes moved the audiences
with much needed feel. Krishna Vamsi should have been
given a thought about the basic issue that projected
in that film -
is projected as a village that is terribly affected
by famine and draught to such an extent that it desperately
needs a Dam for water storage. On the contrary Krishna
Vamsi has shown the entire village to be full of greenery.
Music by Mani Sharma is excellent. The songs are scored
well and background music is effective. He used Indian
instruments most of the time while scoring music for
Sri Anjaneyam. There are 3 mass songs. 'Avvayi Tuvvayi'
is the best song for masses. 'Rama Rama Raghurama'
is the best song that is blended into the storyline
and mood of the film. 'Pula Ghuma Ghuma' has
Charmy charming the crowds with her charms.Sri Anjaneyam
sloka comes twice - one for Ramya Krishna and another
Effects: Lots of efforts, time and money were invested
in the department of visual effects. The visual effects
in this film are good. Especially the ones where a gigantic
statue of Lord Anjaneya is formed out of dust, rocks
and cosmic energy. But some visual effects appear artificial
(Nitin and Arjun flying over the Bridges).
Intermediate application: The digital color grading
is fabulous in this film which made the film look vibrant
and more colorful with pleasing hues. The saffron and
green color tones dominated the film. The flashback
episode is shown in typical 1970's cinema (Geva color).
This application also made the visual effects go in
sync with the regular scenes of the film seamlessly.
departments: Photography by Ram Prasad is good.
Artwork by Anand Sai is fair. Editing by KV Krishna
Reddy is cool. Fights by Thriller Manju are entertaining
(especially the kallu dukanam fight). Dialogues
in the film are apt. The dialogue writer used lots of
'naa koduku' dialogues in the film for which
censor officers did not object. There are philosophical
dialogues and a few one-liners.
brother: Nenu Pepsi taagi chachipothanu. Nenu cocacola
Vaadini champeyandi. Adage dikku kooda ledu.
Villain's brother: Ye dikku lenivaadiki devude dikku.
Nitin: Inkosari prema annavante peeka pisikesta.
Charmy: peeka tappa edi ****** OK
First half of the film is slow and the director has
taken his own time in establishing all important characters.
The film picks up the momentum from the scene where
Arjun descends on to the earth. And the movie is entertaining
and educating as long as Arjun is there in the film
with him making Nitin do miracles and also the philosophical
conversation with Nitin. Krishna Vamsi should be commended
for making a different Telugu film when everybody is
milking money by doing remakes/freemakes/remixes. He
should also be appreciated for making a film that elaborates
divine and philosophical aspects of human life in Indian
perspective. But if Krishna Vamsi were concentrated
more on story and treatment and less on technique and
visual effects, the output of the film would have been
much better. You may watch it once.
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