Kotha Bangaru Lokam movie review 2
Pros and cons of teenage love
With the success of ‘Happy Days’ almost all the heroes of the film got opportunities to play solo heroes. But, it is a different case for Varun Sandesh. He got the chance to play in a big banner of Dil Raju and he utilised it very cautiously and established himself with commitment. Moreover, Srikanth Addala, who made his debut as director also worked with the same commitment (kasi) to prove himself and the end result is a memorable love story. Moreover, the director gave a different twist in the climax against the expectations of those who are watching the film.
Balu (Varun Sandesh) is the son of a fruit vendor (Prakash Raj) and his mother (Jayasudha) pampers him a lot. Balu got a complete freedom as his father always moves very friendly with him. Instead of cautioning him while committing a mistake, it was his father who changes his attitude as his son was emulating him. After school education, Balu also gets admitted to a hostel for pursuing his Intermediate course. Being a co-education school, boys and girls stay in the hostel. Like any other teenage boy, Balu also gets attracted towards Swapna (Swetha). Both of them are in a dilemma whether the relation between them is love or attraction, but they conclude that they were in love. Once, Balu jumps the compound wall secretly and joins Swapna, when she goes out along with other hostellers for shopping. Both of them while away the entire day by moving around various places and return in the night. Unfortunately, some press photographer clicks them when they were romancing and gets it published. This incident separates Balu and Swapna. While the principal (Brahmanandam) sends away Balu from the hostel, Swapna’s father (Ahuti Prasad) takes her away back home. From that moment, Balu turns hysteric and makes several attempts to trace her address but could not. However, Swapna got the address of Balu and dashes a letter. This helps Balu to trace her but he could not meet her. However, both of them meet during the examination period. After exams, Balu dares to go to Swapna’s house and boldly reveals the love between them. This forces Swapna’s father to fix her marriage. Unable to accept another person in her life, Swapna tells Balu to take her away and she comes out of her house in a bid to elope. Incidentally, Balu’s father dies in an accident and he could not turn up. Did Balu meet Swapna? What happened to Swapna? Did Balu complete his education and fulfilled his father’s dream? What was the fate of the love between Balu and Swapna had to be watched on the screen.
Varun Sandesh got a very good opportunity to prove his performance in this movie. The character had different shades, like a chivalrous boy, a father’s son, a lover, a depressed lover and a student. Varun Sandesh though performed well in all the scenes, he still needs to improve his diction. Especially the voice needs some depth in emotional scenes. Swetha Prasad, who made her debut as heroine is perfect fit in the role. She also did a nice job all through the movie. This girl too needs to improve her facial expressions, though she is okay in her debut appearance. She has glamour and also had some capability to perform. Once again Ahuti Prasad got a very good character. His performance in angry scenes and frustration scenes is worth watching. As usual Prakash Raj outsmarted everyone in the film with his casual performance. However, the sudden closure of his character shocks the audiences. Rao Ramesh got one more good chance to prove his capability in the role of a lecturer. As a whole all the artistes did complete justice to their respective roles, including Brahmanandam with his own style of comedy.
The director of the film, Srikant Addala, who made his debut with the film needs kudos as he brought out a delicate love story with utmost precision. Though the storyline is very thin and delicate, the gripping screenplay, marvellous taking made the film very interesting. The entire first half was devoted to explain the teenage love, the second half explains how forbearance would bear fruit in the end. Especially, Srikant proved that direction is not just moulding the film but to extract the talents from the artistes. Dil Raju’s decision in choosing a senior cinematographer like Chota K Naidu proved right as he was able to capture the feelings of the director and mould it on the celluloid with his camera. Especially his seniority helped in capturing the beauty of the Konaseema and its greenery. Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing is perfect and one can’t find any scene which is not worth it. Dialogues penned by the director himself are also good with occasional satires. Music by Mickey J Meyer is another asset for the film. Almost all the songs are melodious and at the same time their choreography was also worth watching.
Though the director chose a teenage love story, the treatment given to the subject is memorable. He made the audiences to equate the film with the all-time great love story like ‘Maro Charitra’ of Kamal Hassan and Sarita directed by Balachander. Dil Raju’s production values are also good. The film had all kinds of elements that could attract all ages. The voice over in the beginning and the end rightly explained how the parents should behave with teenage children and at the same time, it reminds the responsibility of the teenagers in judging the situation. A must watch film for everyone.
Cast: Varun Sandesh, Swetha Basu Prasad, Brahmanandam, Ahuti Prasad, Rao Ramesh Rao, Vinay Prasad, Praveen, Chinnikrishna, Gauthamraju, Phani, Rajita, Sushma and others
Credits: Cinematography – Chota K Naidu, Music – Mickey J Meyer, Editing – Marthand K Venkatesh, Lyrics – Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, Anant Sriram, Srikanth Addala, Art – Prakash, Presents – Anitha, Producer – Dil Raju, Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction – Srikanth Addala.
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Released on: October 9, 2008
Review by Aparichithudu