Nandamuri Kalyanram launched a banner called NTR Arts as his career failed to click despite two films to his credit. He himself played the hero on that banner introducing Surender as director for ‘Athanokkade’. The film turned out to be blockbuster. Again Kalyanram’s films that came after that hit, failed to reach the audiences expectations. To regain his sagging image, Kalyanram planned another film on his banner again and once again he was able to hit the bull’s eye with another debutant director Harshavardhan. For the first time, Kalyanram played dual roles in the film and the director too maintained good suspense and the movement of the film was also gripping.
Hari (Kalyanram) and Ram (Kalyanram) are brothers with different mindsets. Hari is intelligent and Ram always feels that no one should be greater than him. As their father (Chandramohan) was all praise for Hari, Ram tries to attack his father and brother. On noticing this, Ram’s mother (Sita) takes him away, while Hari remains with his father. As Hari’s father dies in his childhood, his paternal uncle and aunt (chinnanna, pinni) (Chalapati Rao and Sudha) bring him up and he becomes an IPS officer, while Ram’s mother somehow bring him up by working as a cook. On the other side, there is a minister (Kota Srinivasa Rao), whose brother (Rajiv Kanakala) was a scientist. Both are crooked and the scientist invents a dangerous virus which spreads very fast and also its antidote. They plan to spread the virus first and then release the antidote later and earn money. A TV channel camerawoman (Sindhu Tulani) reveals this secret. As a result, she gets killed by the henchmen of the minister in association with her fellow journalist. Later, the journalist and the scientist get killed under mysterious circumstances. Suspecting some foul play, the CBI deputes Anjali (Priyamani) for investigation and she traps Hari and arrests him after he confesses the crime. Who is the real murderer among the two – Hari or Ram? What is the relationship between Ram and the camerawoman? What made Hari to confess the crime? Who took revenge against the killing of the camerawoman? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
Kalyanram, who faced successive failures, worked with a commitment to make the film a hit. Moreover, the film is being made on his own banner. He worked hard and showed good variation between both the characters. At the same time, he showed perfect ease in dances and they were choreographed in a stylish manner. Priyamani was proved herself once again as a good performer, besides filling the glamour slot. Her costumes in dance sequences were little revealing but not shoddy. Comedy by Brahmanandam and Raghubabu were able to tickle the funny bones to some extent, but the role played by Venumadhav appeared waste. Ali is okay in some scenes. Chalapati Rao, Chandramohan, Sudha, Sita, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Ashokkumar are adequate and did justice to their roles.
When it comes to the choreography of action scenes, Selva and Ram-Lakshman gave the best of their abilities to attract the mass audiences. They were moulded in a stylish manner and the chase with vans and cars was shot well. The blast scenes were also shot in an expensive manner. As far as the canning of songs, they are worth watching, though Mickey J Meyer’s tunes were fine with modern appeal. As far as the story and its movement, it has some similarities of an earlier film ‘Manmadha’, with one hero playing two roles after the death of one hero. Camera work by C Ramprasad is good while the editing by Gauthamraju is adequate. The production values of NTR Arts banner are good enough.
With a clear indication that the film was aimed at masses, all the action scenes, songs and dances were targeted to attract the mass audiences. In order to give a boost to the image of the hero, the director tried his best to expose most of the film on the hero. The director was able to extract good acting talents not only from the hero, heroine and the villain, but also from all the artistes. The film has many commercial elements. As a whole, the film started with a hit talk from the morning show.
Cast: Kalyanram, Priyamani, Sindhu Tulani, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ashokkumar, Chalapati Rao, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venumadhav, Raghubabu, Rajiv Kanakala, Nutan Prasad, Prabhakar, Sita, Sudha, Apoorva and others
CREDITS: Music – Mickey J Meyer, Lyrics – Sitaramasastry, Camera – C Ramprasad, Editing – Gauthamraju, Art – Vivek, Action – Selva and Ram-Lakshman, Producer – Kalyanram, Story, screenplay and direction – Harshavardhan.
Banner: NTR Arts
Released on: July 18, 2008