Madhumati (Soundarya) is a research scholar. Her thesis
subject is a study on snakes. Her professor (Sarath
Babu) tells her about 'naga sastram' (science of snake)
that is written by few priests a few centuries back.
That naga sastram is kept in Nallamalla forests with
a snake protecting it round the clock. Madhumati reaches
Nallamalli forests and tries to procure Naga Sastram.
In this process she encounters Swetha Nagu (white snake).
Swetha Nagu is after Soundarya to bite her. A Sadhu
tells her that she killed a snake in her past life and
that snake is seeking revenge now. He also gives her
a talisman to protect herself from swetha nagu. The
rest of the film is all about how Madhumati fights with
Swetha Nagu and wins with the blessing of Naga Devata
(Goddess of Snakes).
This film is Soundarya's 100th film as an actress. This
film is also her first film after marriage. She suited
the role, though she seems to have lost that glamour
she possessed before the marriage. She is good in emotional
scenes. Sunita dubbed her voice.
Abbas played second fiddle to Soundarya. Abbas seems
to have put on little weight. Sarath Babu is fair. But
the director made him give ambiguous expressions in
the beginning parts of the film. One does not understand
why Prudhvi is taken for an item song in this film.
He is never known as a terrific dancer. Abhinaya Sree
oozes sex appeal as tribal girl. Jaya Prakash played
the role of tribal leader. The comedy by Dharmavarapu,
Mallikharjuna Rao, Brahmanandam, Kallu Chidambaram and
a Tamil artist is unimpressive. Sangeeta is OK as the
mother of heroine.
Story of the film is a routine one where an Indian snake
tries to take revenge on a girl and how that girl sets
everything right by a climax song as a prayer to Naga
- direction: Screenplay of the film is average.
Direction by debutant Sanjeevi is OK. The director shot
a couple of scenes with authenticity. The director shot
well with in the limited budget.
Dialogues by Sainath are partly good. He also tried
to provide some food for thought by comparing how Indians
and Chinese treat the same specie - Snake. Indians revere
snakes as Chinese eat them. The difference between sentiment/belief
and science is also explained with a good dialogue.
departments: Music by Koti is OK. But there is no
need for songs in the film. Photography by Diwakar is
OK. The visual effects of the film are average. The
production values are decent. chosen are worth a look!
The first half of the film is interesting. The second
half is little boring. The plus point of the film is
Soundarya. The devotional films in current genre are
passé. One would prefer devotional film if it
offers superb treatment to storyline and graphics (Ammoru
and Devi). Swetha Nagu is an average devotional film.
And the USP (Unique Selling Point) is Soundarya. We
need to wait and watch if Soundarya's charms would draw
the audiences to theater or not.