26 Sep, 2014 2 hrs 30 mins
Gopichand, Rakul Preet, Sampath, Brahmanandam, Prudhvi Raj
It’s the kind of film which knows what-to-do and what-not-to-do to make people laugh, albeit it’s as predictable as they come.

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Synopsis : Venky is a smart young man, who has a solution for every problem. One fine day, he meets Chandrakala and falls in love with her; however, he soon realises that he has rubbed her elder brother on the wrong side. The rest of the story is about how Venky solves all the problems in Chandrakala's house to marry her.

Movie Review : Loukyam is yet another shining example of the ongoing trend that all that matters in a big budget film are a select few scenes which make you laugh. The story is so convoluted and mundane that the probability of a twist taking you by surprise is almost negligible. Although some of the gags are quite inventive, the film resembles a Looney Tunes show as its progresses. Loukyam is funny in parts and makes no bones about what it's trying to achieve, despite the fact that it's treading on a wafer thin storyline.

The film has Gopichand playing a smart young man, Venkateswarlu, who has a solution for every problem. One day, he goes out of his way to help a girl elope and inadvertently ends up rubbing the girl's elder brother, played by Sampath, on the wrong side. Meanwhile, he bumps into Chandrakala (Rakul Preet), an arrogant young girl and soon, he ends up confessing his love for her. When Venkateswarlu discovers who Chandrakala's brother is, he's forced to mend the fences and solve all issues in her family.

First things first, the story and most of its characters leave a sense of deja vu, especially in terms of how Gopichand and Sampath's characterizations are written. Gopichand plays the quintessential hero who confuses everyone around home to get what he wants and on the other end of the spectrum, we have Sampath, playing a villain's role who is reduced a mere puppet in the larger scheme of things. Loukyam is definitely a step away from the string of action dramas which Gopichand has done over the years, but that's about as different as it gets in terms of the tone of his films. Rakul Preet is quite impressive in her role and she gets ample screen time to show off her acting chops. The actress does show a spark in the first half when she has to showcase her arrogant side; however, her role sort of becomes less significant in the second half.

If one had to pin-point why the film works, to the extent it does, the credit goes to Prudhvi Raj and Brahmanandam. It's easily one of the best roles Prudhvi has done in over a decade and all his scenes, especially when he's in Boiling Star Bablu avatar, are bound to leave the audience in splits. On the other hand, Brahmanandam breezes through his role as Sippy, a cab driver, who gets caught in the madness.

Sriwass, the director, relies on the tried and tested formula almost till the end and he ends up relying on the comedy scenes to keep the proceedings going. For a film whose sole aim is to provide comic relief, there are ample scenes which salvage an otherwise routine action comedy. It neither aims to be a cerebral experience nor is it downright crass. It's the kind of film which knows what-to-do and what-not-to-do to make people laugh, albeit it's as predictable as they come.
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