In the age of Telugu cinema where a big star’s film can only be named from the collection of synonyms for vagabonds and loud activities, Srikanth Addala’s second film is not path breaking, but, a major relief; an ode to the old school Telugu dramas, but, with enough masala machismo for its multi-starring leads.
Relangaayana (Prakash Raj) is known for his immense goodness and a smile that drives away troubles. His sons (Peddodu and Chinnodu – Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu) have been struggling in the job market for a while and the prolonged joblessness puts their love life in turmoil.
Bejawadaayana (Rao Ramesh) is the father of Geetha (Samantha) and the uncle of Seetha (Anjali). Seetha had lived in Relangi ever since she lost her parents as a child. Bejawadaayana’s indifference with the attitude of Relangi family known for their calm and stubborn is what drives the plot.
The film carries a sense of repetition our everyday lives or more precisely what our black and white films had. You leave hometown, you come back, you leave again…This greatly helped in humanizing the stars, wish the film’s lighting and make-up aesthetic were such.
The average soundtrack and the one scene resolution at the end (which was easily predictable with the film nearing its end and stuck in conflicts all around) were the major failings.
Neat performances all around, the cynical Rao Ramesh and Rohini Hattangadi (for making it seem effortless as always) were my stand outs. To Venkatesh this is just another Sankranti film, but is new territory for Mahesh and he pulls it off without losing out on the head swaying Maheshness.
It is clean and engaging. The marketing tag of ‘For the entire family’ is not all lies with this one.