Simple and light-hearted
Director P Ram Mohan gives you one of the most unpretentious simple love stories and specks the audience with a native degree of sincerity not often associated with Telugu cinema.
Director P Ram Mohan gives you one of the most unpretentious simple love stories and specks the audience with a native degree of sincerity not often associated with Telugu cinema. Also Santosh Sobhan who essays the central character gives the film a freshness and earnestness that is worth encouraging for the good of Telugu cinema.
Even the tale told is not with much ado or exaggeration and resultantly it is no strain on your nerves. It is for a change not loud, grotesque, violent and crass. Kiran (Santosh) is with a BPO and has a brewing hostility for anything to do with USA. Even as he takes customer calls from the US he is rude and offensive. He like every other protagonist in a film script has this love at first sight experience with Keerthi (Avika Gor). Interestingly the love phase is etched without too much ado and is thus kept in acceptable zones. Kiran and Keerthi are helped by a common friend Naresh (Naresh). Keerthi is in love with Kiran but is also rooted in the belief that it is her duty to fulfil her dad Sarveswara Rao’s (Ram Babu) dream of going to the US to bring home the mega bucks and acceptability among her family members.
She had pledged that she would redeem her dad’s prestige by making it to the country of golden opportunities and bring home the loads of consumer products that signal the social arrivals of the middle-class. Sarveswara Rao has a very interesting relationship with his wife (Satya Krishna) who is always making terse comments on her husband’s ambitions at the cost of his children. The tale then takes a twist with Keerthi chasing her dreams to go abroad aggressively and Kiran dubiously derailing it. As the narration unfolds, you realise that Kiran’s hatred has a basis. The lovers decide to part ways as their goals are conflicting. We have been with the industry long enough to know that peace will be made and the couple will of course overcome the challenges of the time.
What makes the film watchable is that the characters are real and like in any family. This could be the nearest in a long while that a film from Tollywood would be akin to a Basu Chaterjee film. The dialogues are light-hearted and often invite an uninduced chuckle. The cast does its very best. Interestingly Srilakshmi the comedian who suddenly had put on the disappearing trick is back with a cameo. Ravi Babu and Satya Krishna do a very commendable job as do Naresh and Rohit Varma who is wooing the heroine. Avika Gor does not fit into the regular image of a Telugu heroine. That itself is an advantage and she is in total command of it. The film, however, revolves around the character and thus the ability of young Santosh Sobhan who gives it his all. This is talent without excessive marketing. He is not pushed down your throat. Nice feel good film for a fine evening.
- L Ravichander
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