'A clean film' may not be an adequate way of describing the
movie. The film on which the production team has pinned so
many hopes is, however, not free from influences. If you have
seen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,
then you may feel a wee bit nostalgic while watching Santhosham.
However, this does not come in the way of your liking the
A clean comedy sans villains and muscle flexing, with a bit
of sentimental touch is al that is there to the film, in a
nutshell. The theme has two nice plots intertwined beautifully
with one leading to the other quite smoothly. There is something
gives so much importance to his wife's family that after his
wife's demise he tries hard to get accepted by his in-laws.
The film is about Kartikeya, an architect from New Zealand,
and his wife Padmavathi aka Paddu. It is also about Paddy's
family - her father, mother, brothers, uncles, aunts and cousins
included. It is about Lucky, the couple's four-year-old son,
whose entry into the grandparents' household is Paddu's dream
before she succumbs to an accident in New Zealand.
After the demise of his beloved wife, a visibly shaken Kartik
reaches Venkatapalem in West Godavari district to attend the
marriage of Paddu's cousin.
Bhanu, another cousin, who earlier encourages and helps love
blossom between Paddu and Kartik, now falls for Kartik. There
is a love triangle when Pavan, a childhood friend, is head-over-heels
in love with Bhanu who treats him more like a friend.
The rest of the story and the end are quite predictable, and
the path chosen for this is loaded with comedy and sentiment,
not blood and gore. While Nagarjuna as Kartikeya looks his
best with the trim-and-fit appearance, the leading ladies
opposite him, Gracy as Paddu, with her expressive eyes, and
Shriya as Bhanu with her glamorous looks, are equally good
in the their roles.
Prabhudeva plays lover-boy Pavan, Veterans like Chandramohan,
Tanikella, Sudha and Kota Srinivasa Rao and popular TV stars
like Anitha Chowdhary and Prithvi essay their brief roles
well. K. Viswanath gets a similar role as that of A.N.R. in
Seetharamayyagari Manavaralu and the doyen excels in the job.
The roles portrayed by comedians Sunil and Brahmanandam are
a highlight in the film. The scenes involving them are a treat.
R.P. Patnaik definitely makes it to the big league with a
bang. His music is different from his earlier films, has more
class and is already making waves in the audio market.
Debutant director Dasaradh has done a good job. A film worth