The duo of Srirangam Brothers consists of Srinivasachari
(K Viswanath) and Ranga (Srikanth). Srinivasachari is
happily married and has no children. Ranga is a widower
with two kids. They follow the old tradition of joint
Brothers are musicians by profession and they become
the biggest music directors in Telugu film industry
with their traditional and classical music. Surekha
(Laya) - an anchor by profession - likes Ranga. Both
of them fall in love and get married. After marriage,
Surekha starts to feel that her husband is contributing
a lot for the success of Srirangam brothers, while Srinivasachari
is walking away with all the credit, honor and accolades.
She jealously comments about it when Srinivasachari
is awarded with Padmasri. Later on both the families
get separated and Surekha slowly realizes that the brothers
could shine only when they are united, but not when
they are divided.
Leads: K Viswanath
is exceptionally good in the role of Srirangam Srinivasachari.
He embodies the essence of traditional musician and
appeared very believable and natural. Srikanth
looks pretty routine in the beginning of the film. But
he performs well towards the end of the film as the
repenting man who had agonized his brother. Sivaji
is good as an aspiring singer. Sivaji has proved with
this film that he could do any kind of roles with ease.
He provided good entertainment as well.
Leads: Urvasi is appropriate
as wife of K Viswanath. Laya
did the role that has a bit of grey shades (pang of
jealousy and inclination towards nucleus family). She
is good and dubbed the voice herself. The surprise pack
of the film is Amukta Malyada.
She is outstanding in terms of expression and body language.
On the flipside, she does not have charming screen presence
for casual scenes (scenes not involving traditional
dances). The dubbing voice rendered to her is appropriate.
Sridhar is very impressive
as a music loving cobbler. The woman who did the role
of Sridhar's wife is also very authentic. Venu
Madhav's special appearance as music director
is different. Sana is adequate. Naresh,
Sivaji Raja and Sakshi
Ranga Rao are good. Dubbing
Janaki's role of a blind mother is sympathy-evoking.
This film supports a huge cast.
The story is about how a pair of brothers who dedicate
their lives to serve the world, traditional music, by
promoting it through films and how those two brothers
get separated due to selfishness of a woman who wants
her husband to be in the limelight.
- direction: There is the mark of K Viswanath in
this film. Direction of the film is a bit old-fashioned.
Viswanath heavily relies on traditional narration, which
is being followed since days of Sankarabharanam. And
this kind of narration might not go well with the present
day movie lovers. The narration of the film is very
slow. There is no compactness in the film as director
has taken his own time to establish the characters.
However there are some situations in the film that should
1. There is
one scene (Sivaji creating artificial environment
of his debut singing for the sake of his blind mother)
in the film that would bring tears. This scene is
the Cobbler's flashback (showing how he had helped
Srirangam brothers) at the time of his funeral showcases
the directorial ability of K Viswanath about how to
hold the suspense and reveal it at the right time.
3. The love
angle between Sivaji and Amukta Malyada is very sensible
Music by Vidya Sagar suits the requirements. The song
'Venu gana sammohanam' is the popular one among the
8 traditional songs in this film. Background music also
suits the theme of the film. However, breaking into
classical songs and dances in many situations in the
film makes it a bit uninteresting.
Departments: Dialogues by Ramesh - Gopi are adequate.
Camerawork by Durga Prasad is good. Most of the film
was shot at Ramoji Film City. The other locations chosen
like Haridwar, Kasi etc are also good. Editing by Krishna
Rao is OK. The production values of producer Kousalyendra
Rao are of high standards. This film is richly made.
Analysis: The first one hour
of the film is interesting. The tempo of the film goes
down from the train song (25 minutes before interval).
The second half is a bit boring. Climax is better. The
plus points of the film are traditional-taking of the
film reminiscent of the K Viswanath's old films with
musical backdrop. The negative points are slow narration
and handling in the second half. The Telugu film lovers
who grew up on the diet of watching K Viswanath films
might get nostalgic while watching this film. But the
regular crowds might not find this classical film appealing
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