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Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu review

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Relangi Mavayya (Prakash Raj) is content with life, finds joy in simple things and gives importance to human relationships than materialistic things.

He and his wife lead a calm, happy life in a village called Relangi in West Godavari district. They have a daughter and two sons - Peddodu (Venkatesh) and Chinnodu (Mahesh Babu). Peddodu (meaning elder one) is unemployed and is short tempered. He has his maradalu Seetha (Anjali) at home who grows up believing him to be her husband. On the other hand, his handsome younger brother Chinnodu is well educated and resides in Hyderabad.

Their relative, a wealthy man (Rao Ramesh) constantly humiliates Relangi and his family for not giving importance to riches. He has a daughter Geetha (Samantha), and she falls in love with Chinnodu. Due to Geetha`s father, the Relangi family goes through some problems and differences crop up between the brothers too.

Rest of the film is all about how brothers overcome these differences.

When was the last time you saw two ace Tollywood stars doing a film together and sharing screen space happily without any ego? Long time, right! That is why Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC) rightfully created a lot of buzz which can not be ignored.

Producer Dil Raju and director Srikanth Addala have pulled off this feat. If you read the story above, you would get to know that the film hardly has any story or major conflict point per se. Those who are acquainted with Sooraj Barjatya's movies - Maine Pyar Kiya or the recent Vivaah - would identify with Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu that gives importance to simple things, simple scenes, focusing more on family values, daily chores, celebrations, relationships and songs. Like in Sooraj Barjatya's movies, this film is also filled with good-natured people.

Despite a lack of story, full of artificial moments and ill-developed characterization of the lead characters, SVSC works to some extent in the end thanks to its last 20 minutes and its inherent goodness that makes you forget many silly scenes. Srikanth Addala`s climax sequences make you moist-eyed as most of us are happy when the movie extols the family values in the end.

The charm of the lead actors - Mahesh Babu and Venkatesh and their performances are the biggest assets to the movie. While the ever-dependable Venkatesh who has done this kind of roles in the past lends dignity, it is Mahesh Babu who stands as a pillar to the film with his performance, dialogue delivery, mannerisms and charm.

Having said this, the film seems to be a futile exercise and a manipulative movie. We don`t know what Prakash Raj does for a living. We are not told what Venkatesh`s educational qualifications are and what he does for a living. The director focuses the story thread entirely on his unemployment. Throughout the movie, Rao Ramesh is unreasonably jealous towards Prakash Raj`s family and finds fault with Prakash Raj`s attitude. But in a single scene he finds greatness in Prakash Raj, just because an MLA found him important.

The film has full of such weak characters, artificial scenes. Of the lot Mahesh Babu`s characterization is practical and realistic.

Though we should appreciate the director for not indulging in item songs or fight sequences or build-up shots for heroes, the film also has unnecessary songs and introduction songs for heroes. Performances, background score, and splendid visuals are SVSCís major strength.

Venkatesh`s body language is good and he has a few dialogues. He adds dignity to this underdeveloped character.

Mahesh Babu steals the show. He has completely gone for a makeover in terms of his dialogue delivery with the Godavari dialect and body language. He plays a charmer who attracts women with ease. He got the better character and has pulled it off effortlessly.

Prakash Raj plays some one who is the epitome of goodness. And the senior actor does act superbly. If a less caliber actor had enacted this role, he would have spoiled it totally. Talented Anjali as Seetha is good. And the song shot on her and Venky is a total disaster.

Samantha is vivacious and she shares great chemistry with Mahesh Babu. They are an absolutely awesome pair. Samantha has a few scenes but her bubbly acting makes you feel she has lengthy character.

In other roles, Jayasudha, Rohini Hattangidi, Rao Ramesh, Kota Srinivas Rao, and Ravi Babu cast an impression. The film has a huge ensemble cast.

Dialogues written by veteran Ganesh Patro and the director himself are effective. Of the songs composed by Mickey J Meyer, title song, `Araduguluntada`, and `Mari Antaga` are superb.

Cinematography by K V Guhan is another big asset. His camera gels perfectly with the story and he captures beautiful Godavari locations brilliantly. Many scenes are unnecessary, editor Marthand K Venkatesh should have chopped them off to speed the story as the film painfully takes one hour 30 minutes to arrive into conflict (a petty conflict too, not to forget).

Art director has brilliantly recreated the mandapam of Bhadrachalam temple and the film has rich production values (Dil Raju`s).

Writer and director Srikranth Addala has written a wafer thin story. He has tried to bank on the emotions, and daily life sequences. He has command over the direction but he should have concentrated on a better screenplay.

Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu definitely makes you moist-eyed as you walk out from the theatre but it runs on a flimsy story. It is a film that reinforces the great Indian family values and is also a manipulative film like most Sooraj Barjatya`s films. Mahesh Babu`s performance, background score, brilliant visuals and penultimate sequences overshadow many flaws it has. Watch it for its climax sequences.

Rating: 3.25/5

 

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