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Ashta Chamma

Source: Sify

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Sunday 7 September 2008

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Movie Title

Ashta Chamma

Director

Mohanakrishna Indraganti

Star Cast

Nani , Swathi, Srinivas Avasarala (debut), Bhargavi, Tanikella Bharani

This complete family entertainer is inspired from Oscar Wilde and is fun to watch due to the cute subject. A completely dialogue-based comedy coupled with good performances, music, and lyrics, keeping audience through the twists nevertheless. The first half is more enjoyable than the second half that has numerous twists.

Lavanya (Swathi) is a die hard fan of Tollywood hero Mahesh Babu, so much that she becomes hysteric on the day of his marriage with Namratha. She even sports a tattoo with his name on her arm! She rejects all proposals for marriage that her maternal aunt Mandira Devi (Jhansi) gets for her, but finally resolves to marry someone with the name "Mahesh" who looks like him!

Lavanya's neighbour and childhood friend Anand (Srinivas Avasarala) who cannot bear the trauma of listening to Mahesh Babu's songs everyday, takes the responsibility of finding a Mahesh for her. He gets hold of a guy by name Mahesh (Nani) and brings them both together and naturally, they fall in love. But trouble starts when Mahesh confides in Anand the fact that his real name is Rambabu and that he's a much-respected man in Lakkavaram village.

Why Rambabu becomes Mahesh is another story, but the story brings Anand to Lakkavaram. In a twist of events, Anand falls in love with Rambabu's sister Varalakshmi (Bhargavi). A comedy of errors and twists ensues as Anand plays a role akin to Lord Krishna or Narada, bringing the whole story and all characters to the lush village backdrop of Lakkavaram.

On the whole, the casting is perfectly suitable. Swathi is cute and lives the role of a Mahesh Babu die hard fan very well! Her expressions, emotions, and voice modulation are such that every fan of any star can connect to her role very well! Former RJ Nani has a very good screen presence. He has good emotions and dances well, though his body language sometimes reminds of Subhalekha Sudhakar - May this be treated as a compliment to the ease that the veteran actor shows on the screen! His diction is good too.

Srinivas Avasarala has a natural ease of expression and lives well in the role of a naughty care-free guy. With body language like the legendary Akkineni Nageswara Rao, he appears like a slimmed-down version of the legendary's grandson and hero Sumanth. Bhargavi has a limited role as the sister of a hero and the love interest of the other male lead, but she portrays the same ease as others. Jhansi, Tanikella Bharani, Hema are experienced enough to fit the bill effectively, though their roles are used only make the story complete.

The story is laced through several twists but the audiences are never confused! It takes much care, not to mention skill, to weave a story such as this one and narrate it on the screen without confusion to the spectators. Dialogues rule the roost as Mohanakrishna comes up with so many punch dialogues and one-liners all through the film that one may even miss some good ones but still enjoy a lot of them spontaneously!

Good screenplay and editing maintain the pace of the film appropriately, while the songs also flow naturally into the story. The last couple of twists in the story come in unexpectedly, much to the surprise of the audiences who don't expect a long story any more! These twists could be trimmed down a bit, but the director chooses to keep them in and lighten them well with dialogues again.

Camera is okay, particularly in the village backdrop during the second half. Next to mention are the songs - music is well-crafted and lyrics are perfectly appropriate to the story. The director and producer should be appreciated for bringing in such a level of care and perfection to the film. On the whole, the film provides clean, entertainment for the entire family. Go watch it

Verdict: Good

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