handsome man (Bala Krishna) lives in agency area with
his wife (Laya), daughter and in-laws. He does not have
a name nor does he know who he is. He cannot remember
anything that has happened in his life 7 years before.
However, he realizes that he possess special combat
skills whenever he comes across evil elements. When
he forces his wife to tell the truth, she reveals that
he was found in river with a mutilated body and he was
taken care of by her. As the man goes to Hyderabad searching
for his identity, a few incidents lead to the answer.
He is none but the most respected and committed Indian
Army Officer Vijayendra Varma. The rest of the story
is all about how he retraces his past and saves the
nation from Pakistani Jihadis.
Bala Krishna: Bala Krishna is simply terrific
as Vijayendra Varma. He once again has shown his dialogue
power and supreme histrionics with power-packed performance
in this film. His comedy timing is pretty good in 'dozen'
episode of flashback. He dances with gay abandon in
all 3 mass songs. Bala Krishna looks majestic in the
getup of a RAW officer. He also dons the get-ups of
Bhagat Singh, Alluri Seetarama Raju, Subhash Chandra
Bose and Sardar Paparayudu for the patriotic song. His
getup as Alluri Seetarama Raju is the best.
When it comes to entertainment, Ankita
walks away with complete honors. Contrary to her roles
as city-bred girl in her past films, the role of 'Venkata
Lakshmi' (a naughty village belle with pure Godari dialect)
is brilliant. There is lot of freshness and entertainment.
She dances with full josh for a couple of mass songs.
The girl who dubbed Ankita's voice is apt. Laya
does the role of a responsible wife. The role offers
less of glamour and more of performance. Sangeeta
does a special appearance that lasts for a comedy episode
followed by 'Maisamma' song. Sangeeta's dances matched
the pace and fluidity of Bala Krishna and together they
made a great on-screen pair for that song.
Mukesh Rushi's performance
as villain is routine. Since his role is of a Pakistani
Jihad leader, he appeared suitable for the role. Asish
Vidyardhi is redundant. Manorama
is adequate. But it is the role of 'Surya'
that steals show among the character artists of the
film. Satya Prakash, who
did the role of baddie in the earlier blockbusters of
Bala Krishna, has done a positive role in this film.
Brahmanandam and Venu
Madhav succeeded in their small comedy roles.
The basic storyline of losing memory in an event and
retracing it back through certain incidents reminds
us of Hollywood flick 'Bourne Identity'. The story angle
of a Hindu growing up in a Muslim family shows the religious
tolerance in good light. But towards climax of the film,
it had to be compromised upon due to certain factors
beyond the reach of the filmmaker, which took the wind
out of otherwise a powerful story.
- direction: We cannot gauge the caliber of the
director to full extent because of the undue delays
in production of this film and other compromises done.
He is good in parts. He definitely knows the mass pulse.
He could get right scenes for to project the strengths
of Bala Krishna (dialogues and powerful histrionics)
in the flashback episode. But there are innumerable
illogical sequences that hamper the narration of film.
Music scored by Koti is a definite plus to the film.
The background score that comes for Bala Krishna is
good. Thanks to the equally good picturization of songs.
Here is the order of songs
1. Oh Manmadha:
It is a melody song that is picturized on Bala Krishna
and Laya in outdoors. This song involves slow steps.
This is a beautiful folk song on Bala Krishna and
Laya. Bala Krishna looks pretty glamorous in folk
attire as he rendered the prologue to the song. The
second set colored with red is great.
This mass song is the highlight of the film. Sangeeta
sizzles with Bala Krishna. There is very good rhythm
and harmony in the superb steps done by Bala Krishna
and Sangeeta. The foreign backdrop also helpsthe song
to get the right mood.
Guntadu: This is the song on Bala Krishna and
Ankita. A fast paced one with peppy music and energetic
dances. What makes this song a special one, is the
atmosphere, it creates both on the screen and in the
Paparo: This song shot on Bala Krishna and Ankita
is equally good as the previous song, but has the
added advantage of situational strength. This is the
song which made fans throng to the dais and dance.
Bala Krishna is really charming in military attire
he wore in foreign backdrop.
song: This patriotic song comes as a part of climax.
Bala Krishna had 4 get-ups in this song - Bhagat Singh,
Alluri Seetarama Raju, Subhash Chandra Bose and Tandra
Paparayudu. Alluri Seetaramaraju's get-up is great
Writer Ratnam blended sentiment dialogues and action
dialogues well. There are few dialogues that were appreciated
1. Potiki vachinavallani
postal address lekunda chesta.
2. Nenu verevalla joliki vellanu. Evaranna naa joliki
3. Nuvvu Votebank nundi puttinavaadivi. Nenu ammanundi
puttina vaadini. (addressing to villain)
4. Fullgaa kottinchukunnavaadiki noppenti (Brahmanandam's
parody to Ninda munigina vadiki chali emiti).
There is inconsistency in the camerawork as two cinematographers
worked for this film. However the camera angles appear
interesting, as most of the scenes in the 1st half,
were canned by placing camera either at ground level
or at a high elevation. Another reason for inconsistency
is the use of graphics.
departments: There is too much of threadwork for
fights. Wires were used for dance movements in a couple
of songs too. There is heavy usage of graphics. The
graphics done for this film appear pretty artificial
(probably due to lack of resources).
Analysis: First half of the film
is OK. Second half is good for the first 45 minutes.
But the last 30 minutes is a letdown. The plus points
of the film are Bala Krishna, Ankita, songs and few
dialogues. The negative points of the film are illogical
scenes, graphics, fights and climax. You can watch this
film for the performances of Bala Krishna and Ankita
and songs. On the box office front, this film has great
potential for B and C centers compared to A centers.
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