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Times of India
Nandu (NTR), a happy-go-lucky college student falls head over heels in love with Akarsha (Samantha) and goes all out to woo her. But only after Akarsha falls for him does she realize that he has revenge on his mind.
: The sleekest part of this movie is NTR Jr's look. The actor has never looked leaner and trendier than this onscreen. We're afraid that's about all the novelty you will find in this standard edition revenge fare. Off course he dances like a dream, renders punch-lines with his inimitable style, bashes up countless baddies to pulp, woos two pretty ladies, shows off his comic timing and does everything else we've seen him do in every other movie. As they say, this one's a festive offering for hardcore fan boys to dig into.
There must be few things vainer than making Tollywood potboilers. For the elements are all the same. You have a righteous hero who is wronged - his loving family and lover (Ammulu) are executed by the villains, it is revealed in the flashback episode post the explosive interval bang. So to get his revenge he woos Akarsha, (daughter of his nemesis) by harassing her to the point where she begins to feel love him back. He even befriends her granny and gets himself invited to her sister's wedding and springs the big surprise showing off his true-self in an elaborate action sequence. Well the second half is all about how he gets his vendetta.
The characterizations are all straight out of the manual. Nandu offers NTR all the leverage to flaunt his enviable range as an actor - from playing the carefree youth, the brooding avenger, innocent family man, good natured rich kid you name it. Needless to say he creams it. Shruti and Samantha who get almost equal screen space glam up the proceedings with their acts. Mukesh Rishi plays the stereotypical politician who will not stop at anything to get what he wants.
The entertainment factor is where the film falls short. The one-liners are all there but they fall well short of being truly funny. Rohini Hattangade evokes a few laughs playing an unmarried granny who's looking for her knight in shining armor. Kota Srinivasa Rao light up the screen with his effervescence playing a sharp witted politician. Ravi Shanker playing a lecherous baddie also stands out for his villainy.
The dejavu inducing music by Thaman isn't too bad either as is the cinematography. What this movie lacks is that X factor that a Gabbar Singh had and that might just turn out to be the biggest undoing.
: Watch it only if you love NTR Jr, it's a as good a show reel of the actor as any, if you are looking for something else, you'll go back disappointed.