The Cast and Crew
Yasho Sagar, Sneha Ullal, Sunil, Brahmanandam, Ashok Kumar, LB Sriram, Chandra Mohan, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Venu Madhav, Suman Shetty, Kavitha, Sudha, Surekha Vani, Allari Subhashini, Satya Krishnan
Dialogues: Chintapalli Ramana
Lyrics: Anant Sreeram
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: I Andrew
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Producers: BP Somu & GS Ranganadh
Story – screenplay – direction: Karunakaran
The film has the stamp and style of director Karunakaran. It is a smooth flowing love story with an expected climax, but narrated interestingly. There is nothing new in the story. Similar themes have been explored in Jab We Met, Dil Hai Ki Mantha Nahin, Chori Chori and Roman Holiday. Perhaps, the theme of co-travelers falling in love is a bit fresh for Telugu audience.
Arvind (Yasho Sagar) is a carefree young man who falls in love with Dhana Laxmi (Sneha Ullal) who is staying in the same neighborhood. However, Dhana Laxmi is in love with her childhood friend Balaji. In fact, she ran away from home and from the clutches of her step-mother and lands in the city to search for Balaji.
When Aravind finds that Dhana Laxmi is in love with Balaji, he offers to help her find her lost lover. The rest of the story deals with their attempts to trace Balaji and in the process, they get closer. The climax of the story is better off, if left for the discretion of the viewer.
Yasho Sagar, making his debut as hero, has still to learn the nitty-gritty of acting. In this film, he looks more like a carpenter’s delight, with awkward body language. His take on acting is less than average.
Sneha Ullal, as a traditional Telugu girl, has given an impressive performance. Chandra Mohan, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Kavitha and Sudha are adequate in their roles. Sunil, Brahmanandam, LB Sriram, Venu Madhav and Suman Shetty take the audience on to a laugh riot.
Story, screenplay and direction by Karunakaran are the strong points of the film. The comedy episodes enhance the narration of the story. These strengths have offset the limitations of the hero. Music by GV Prakash Kumar is good and all the songs have been very well picturised.
Cinematography of Andrew is of good standards and is quite pleasing in tune with the cool romantic ambience of the film. Editing by Marthand is, as usual, smooth and efficient.
The production values of the film are very good.
Ullasamga…Uthsahamga is not exactly a feel good film, but not a feel bad film either. A cool romantic story smoothly told with sensitivity and sensibility. A more talented actor as hero would have catapulted the film into the super hit category.
3 out of 5