Gopala Krishna, a 40 something bank employee, falls head over heels for an aerobics trainer Sameetha and by a twist of fate, his 19 year old son, Madhu also falls in the love with the same girl. The rest of the story is about how they handle this tricky triangular relationship which is bound to have serious repercussions on their lives.
Movie Review :
It's quite rare to come across a film which is based on an unique premise in Tollywood, given the fact that almost every other film, of late, is loaded with a string of cliches. In a way, Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya, which narrates the story of a father and his son falling in love with the same girl, feels like a breath of fresh air. The film has plenty to talk about, especially in terms of how it explores the psyche of a 40 something married man, the coming-of-age of a young man and the unrequited love of a housewife who would do anything to uphold the honour of her husband. Yet, Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya ends up being an underwhelming experience after a promising start.
We are told that Gopala Krishna (Ajay), a 40 something married man with couple of kids, is still young at heart and continues to hit on every other beautiful girl he comes across. He means the world to his wife, Bhavani (Indraja). Not surprisingly, she's unaware of his lifestyle outside the house. One fine day, Gopala Krishna meets Sameetha (Sana Makbul) and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Gopala Krishna's son, Madhu (Naga Shaurya) also meets Sameetha and after few days, even he realises that he's in love with her.
Ajay is mighty impressive in his role, which has shades of Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham from American Beauty. The actor, who has so far been restricted to villainous and supporting roles, steals the show with his approach to the character and it's a treat to watch him try multiple times to impress his dream girl. Naga Shaurya delivers a noteworthy performance once again, although he's overshadowed by Ajay for most part of the film. Indraja leaves a good impression with her portrayal of a simple minded housewife in her small but important character. Newcomer Sana Makbul, who is in the midst of all this drama, has an underwritten role and her actions don't give a hint of what's going through her mind till the film's final act. Among others, it's Brahmaji who seems to have had a blast while doing the role of a harassed husband.
While the performances from the lead actors are impressive, the screenplay leaves a lot to be desired. At a runtime of close to 150 minutes, the film loses its steam as the tone swings from a romantic comedy to an emotional drama. At one point, you begin to wonder if Trikoti, the director, has written too many scenes to establish Gopala Krishna's desperation and didn't know which ones to drop. A bulk of the film is dedicated to explore Gopala Krishna's insecurities about his love whereas the relationship he shares with his wife and sons is largely ignored.
Beyond the interesting premise, the film feels like any other triangular love story. It has its flashes of brilliance, along with M M Keeravaani's background score which is consistently good; however, the film overstays its welcome especially in the second half. In the end, the film doesn't quite hit the ball out of the park and leaves a big void despite dabbling with a new storyline.