Synopsis: An NRI rugby player Abhiram (Ram Charan) returns to his native village to reunite with his grandfather Balaraju's (Prakash Raj) family.
Movie Review: Tollywood's "joint family dramas" operate in a weirdly self fulfilling moral realm and pedal an even more bizarre brand of karma and redemption. And if they've taught us anything since Seetharamaiahgari Manavaralu happened in 1991 it's this: what the son screws up, it's best fixed by the grandchild. The screw up, is a crack in the joint family caused by the son's decision to follow his heart going against the righteous patriarch's wishes, like marrying a girl of his choice and wanting to migrate to a far away foreign country - London in this case.
We'll go to the flashback scene to give you a better idea. Balaraju is heartbroken when his son K Chandrasekhar Rao(KCR) - get the drift? - tells him he wants to marry his girlfriend from medical college migrate to America. Why? Because Balaraju got a hospital - the first in the village which was to be inaugurated amidst much ado the same day - built for his "MBBS pass" son who he hoped would serve the villagers! "Naku hospital gurinchi cheppaledu kada nanna? Ayina Matti pisukkune oorollaki doctor enduku compounder chalu," (But, you didn't even tell me about the hospital dad? Anyways a compounder is enough for these lowly villagers who work on the soil) retorts the son. A livid Balaraju disowns him. So the grandson Abhi catches the next flight to India to mend fences with his grandfather and make up for his father's sins.
Guess what? Abhiram wouldn't have learnt about his family roots had his dad become the dean of Queen Mary Medical College, where his dad works. Because of some dirty politics KCR looses out on being anointed the dean. When a concerned Abhi tries to console his brooding father, his dad reveals that the heartache was well deserved - the result of bad karma accrued due to the distress his actions caused his father.
The obvious stupidity of the motivation of protagonist notwithstanding, the film rarely rises above the usual gimmickry. We have this overbearing patriarch who is an expert in karrasamu (stick fighting), who can break into a duet at the sight of his wife cald in a neelirangu cheera (blue sari) and is quick to take offense. Then there is his errant son Bangari (Srikanth) whose only aim in life is to piss off his father. His two daughters who live with their husbands, grandchildren one of whom is Kajal, an orphaned niece (Kamalinee) and ever obedient wife complete his set piece family. The villains Kota Srinivas Rao, Rao Ramesh and Aadarsh who want to set up a beer manufacturing unit in the village make up the extended family. So how Abhi solves the issues in the family and redeems his father is the crux of the storyline.
The film has some moments that stand out like Ram Charan's introduction on the rugby field, a couple of well picturised songs, a few smart one-liners and a couple of profound musings on the importance of family and overly color graded village imagery. There are a couple of mushy scenes between the lead pair that could get the whistlers interested. In one rather titillating episode, Ram Charan helps Kajal unhook her blouse giving the audience a glimpse of Kajal's bare back. Srikanth also has one such comical attempted rape scene in which a glimpse of Kamalinee's bare back is shown. The filmmaker sure lived up to the tag of being the creative director there.
Prakash Raj's charectarisation is so over the top that Ram Charan seems like the second lead when he's not fooling around with Kajal or beating the shit out in the mandatory stunt sequences. And Ram Charan's acting is well very underwhelming and just doesn't seem to have the required charisma nor the acting chops to rise above the inane characterization. What the movie does offer though is some feel good melodrama and production values that are more rich than original.