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Lucy (Rachel), a US citizen, comes to India looking for a surrogate mother to bear her a child. She lands a deal with Yashoda (Urmila), an impoverished single mother. Yashoda suffers from a complication and Lucy revokes the contract and flies back home, only to return years later to reclaim the baby.
: To begin with, the movie has nothing to do with the American President, Barrack Obama. Telugu cinema titles generally have very little to do with the movies and this one's no different. Well, there is a character called Obama (though he isn't even brown skinned) - a kid born to surrogate mother (Yashoda), who decides to keep the child despite his intended mother (Lucy) insisting on having an abortion. Why? Because Tashoda has an accidental fall when pregnant and the doctors conjecture that there is a rick of baby being deformed. However, the baby boy proves the doctors predicament wrong by coming out healthy and Yashoda names him Krishna. But the villagers nickname him Obama, because well he's looks American. Phew!
The conflict point this movie espouses is even more contrived. When Lucy (intended/social mother) returns to reclaim the son, (years after she abandoned him), Yashoda gets all teary eyed. Who has more right over a surrogate baby? The film goes on to offer an emotionally charged discourse on intended mother vs surrogate mother theme. How good or bad the movie is might just a matter of which side of fifty you are on. Jokes apart, it's all a little too heavy.
The acting is all over the top save Urmila who stands out with a believable portrayal of a village woman. The characterizations are very stereotypical. The music is also heavily dramatic and to make matters worse there isn't enough for the audiences to laugh at either. Well there are a few well conceived sentimental episodes that have the veteran director's hallmark. The style of story telling is also very laid back without the fast cuts and rapid camera movements that we see.
Director Singeetham Srinivas has made many landmark movies in Telugu cinema like Pushpaka Vimanam, Aditya 369, Bhairava Dweepam etc and we will remember him fondly for them. If you are a fan of his movies you'd be advised to stay away from this one, for this is wouldn't qualify to be a poor shadow of the masterpieces he made. We'll remember him for all the good stuff. This could well be one of the final blips in an otherwise illustrious career.
: It's poignant alright, but to the point of being nothing else, besides the novelty of seeing two American actors in a Telugu village milieu.
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