Jai (Prabhas), an architect based in Italy meets Manasa (Richa Gangopadhyay) and woos her. Manasa is the daughter of a dreaded factionist based in Palnadu. Jai befriends her brother and moves in to their house. But Jai has more than love on his mind.
: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, suggests Gestalt psychology, a school of thought that formed the cornerstone of understanding of human perception in the 20th century. Max Wertheimer, one of the pioneers of the idea believed that the "whole" is not determined by its individual parts, but the individual elements themselves are determined by the intrinsic nature of the whole. The idea can be very handy in understanding the why big star Telugu films are the way they are.
In the context of this movie, the whole refers to Prabhas, and the individual elements correspond to everything else that goes into making the movie - the script, sub plots, cast, music, technicalities etc. The hero is supreme after all and that much this film manages to accomplish, kudos to the filmmakers.
We have this crackerjack of a tall, fair and handsome architect guy, Jai, living the king's life in Italy. On a whim he relocates to a nondescript faction ridden village in Palnadau, ostensibly to ensure Manasa (a pretty girl he runs into on the streets of Italy) is always happy. The cause of her unhappiness lies in her family's violent past. So our man decides to reform the family of murderers into peace loving people and succeeds as well. Only, our man has a vested interest (it turns out it is all a part of an elaborate plan to redeem himself of his mother's death!) as well, which off-course forms the crucial flashback episode which is where we get to see Vennela (Anushka), Jai's cousin and first love, so to speak off.
The narrative seems like a mish mash of films like Mr Perfect, Brindavanam, Shankam, Dhammu to name a few. So a constant sense of dejavu forms a big part of the movie experience. The only element of novelty it seems went into designing Prabhas's stylish new look. He's lost a lot of weight and the slim fitted clothes aided by the best profile shots accentuate his toned physique. Prabhas has done a great job of being his usual self. As did Anushka, the two look great together and work up a good chemistry as well. Richa plays the eye candy to perfection.
Sathyaraj takes the cake with his acting chops, closely followed by Sampath Raj. Brahmanandam chips in with his brand of comedy getting slapped by virtually everybody on screen, we just seem to find it so funny all the time.
The music by DSP is typically high on energy, numbers like
evoke the loudest whistles from the front rows. The punch dialogues - 'Cutout choosi konni konni oppukovali dude', 'Veelaithe preminchu..maha aithe tirigi premistharu', 'katti vaadadam modaledithe...naakantey baaga evvadu vaadaledu'- though few and far in between provide something for the fans to dig in to. The rest we're afraid will have to find other redeeming aspects of the film for themselves. The action episodes are well shot though and needless to say Prabhas crunches them.
Tip-Off: Watch it for Prabhas, for there isn't much of anything else that this movie has to offer, besides extreme close-ups of Richa's waistline.