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Times of India
Sodabuddi, the bespectacled protagonist, is the atypical hero, more like the everyday wastrel. He has his tryst with romance, twice. The viewers get to relive these tales, until the climax throws in a complete surprise.
For a film that is over two and a half hours long, the biggest problem of this film lies in the fact that the narrative gets interesting only in the second half. The first half is too long, with excessively long scenes and sequences. The second half offers some solace, but one has to endure over one hour of the film to get to that, which becomes the maker's biggest bane.
The film begins with four dead bodies being found in a building that's under construction and the viewer is narrated what seems to be the tales of each of the dead person there. Two among those are young girls who have unrequited love stories, while the others are an aspiring director and a young boy who has come to the city to make money.
The hero, Sodabuddi, has a connection with each of the character, it seems, as the narrative passes. While the first half is filled with excess of massy elements coupled with a romantic tale that could been halved in length, the second half gives some hope. The love story here is more interesting, maybe because of a livelier heroine who stands out. Just when you thought that the film would be interesting and a nice slice-of-life tale of a boy growing up and his trysts with romance, the film takes a different turn. This shocking climax is unpalatable.
Uthpal as the hero has a meaty role and has delivered a decent performance. Anusha impresses among the two heroines and is the standout performer in the film. The supporting cast comprising names like Rangayana Raghu, Achyuth Kumar and Master Hemanth are good, but the slow narrative fails them.
If you're game for a long watch, which gets only a tad interesting after the interval, then go for this film.