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Om Shanti

Source: Sify

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Thursday 14 January 2010

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Movie Title

Om Shanti

Director

Chaitanya Dantuluri

Star Cast

Madhavan, Navadeep, Nikhil, Kajal Agarwal, Aditi Sharma

Chaitanya Dantuluri, after making a cool debut as director with critically acclaimed film ? Banam ? could not repeat the flavour of entertainment in his second venture, despite having the youngest cast ever on Tollywood screen, giving the touch of a multi-starrer. Multi-threads in the subject spoiled the treatment, while the delivery is very poor.

Meghana (Kajal) is a girl who vies for range and diversity of joy, uncaring of the feels and opinions of others. Teja (Nikhil) believes in fun and frolic in life to the peak of sorts, without caring for the responsibilities in life. Anand (Navadeep) is the guy whose proposals for marriage were rejected repeatedly, in spite of his positive attitude.

Now he is after his Anjali (Aditi Sharma). Noorie (Bindhu ) is engaged to an army man and she would keep waiting for the moment of entering the marriage bliss. With these threads, how the director tried to bring in a culmination with a didactic element that what is precious in life is not all and sundry feelings, but responsibility towards bringing one?s path in order for a peaceful journey.

Almost all the characters played a kind of a drama, where each of them just comes in and out without fulfilling their part in full. Kajal looked glamorous and well fitted into her character. Coming to the storyline, she doesn?t have much to offer to the spectators. At times, the girl presented moods that did not match the demand of the script. The sudden appearance of Madhavan is a special package in the film. Navadeep?s role remained casual and without much appeal, though he did bring justice to his routine mould. Nikhil displayed high velocity performance but the same gets bogged down due to failure of the director in creating the necessary paraphernalia for such a bubbling character. Adhiti Sharma looking cute has very little role to play and the audience soon find that she reached the layers of oblivion as and when the come out of the theatres. Bindu Madhavi is good on screen, but with a negligible footage.

Sunil?s comedy is worth watching, while Raghu Babu could assist the department well. Other characters like Murali Mohan, Tannikella Bharani and Ravi Kale are merely wasted. Though Chaitanya Dantuluri brought a novel script that gave much prominence to the ground realities in life as was done with his previous film Banam, here in Om Shanti, he depended too much on his abstract thoughts rather than giving importance to the entertainment, which is the basic principle in today?s film industry.

The screenplay and direction were raw in several patches with pale dialogues. Music by Ilayaraja too could not bring any cheers to the audience. Cinematography is good with excellent production values.

The film might lure the youth audience by virtue of its multi-starrer nature for a brief while, but it would be difficult for it support the box office stamina.

Verdict: A lackluster show