Based on Uttarakanda of Ramayana, the yesteryears film Lava Kusha was made, with NTR and Anjali in the lead. Now, the same format is being unfolded on the modern day screen with Balakrishna (as Lord Rama) and Nayanthara (Sita Devi).
This mythological saga of Lord Rama takes off just as Lava Kusha (1963) did. The movie starts with with `Sri Rama Pattabhishekam`, followed by the exile of Sita Devi.
During the exile, Sita gives birth to Lava and Kusha and this is followed by sequences which lead to the Ashwamedha Yagam of the two heroic kids.
The story ends with the battle between Lord Rama and his sons, and the former giving up his divine avatar, after his beloved Sita Devi goes back to Mother Earth.
Nandamuri Balakrishna plays a wonderful job as Lord Rama, reminding the audience of the grace his father late NT Rama Rao exuded on screen. Balyya`s efforts to chisel the project to perfection is clearly seen.
When Nayanthara`s name was announced as the heroine, Tollywood was doubtful. How can the glamourous diva play one of the most sacred women personalities in the Hindu mythology?
But fear not! Nayanthara gave a fitting answer to all, unleashing grace and accomplishing the assignment with absolute perfection.
ANR as sage Valmiki is commendable. Srikanth as Lakshman is adequate. Vindoo Singh as Lord Anjaneya, Nagayya as sage Vasishta and KR Vijaya as Kousalya do justice to their respective roles.
The kids who portrayed Lava and Kusha deserve kudos.
Bapu and his associate Ramana does not deviate much from Lava Kusha, and they took great pains to see that the element of exaggeration is completely checked.
They succeeded in tickling the emotion of the audiences through poignant scenes and dialogues. All the characters are portrayed within their limits, thoroughly monitoring the modulation of each role. Screenplay is a minus point as it runs like a documentary at times.
At the same time, the audiences are disappointed at the sudden ending of certain emotional scenes. The climax looks rather forced when compared to the slow first half.
Music by maestro Ilayaraja is remarkable. All tunes are melodious and touch the audiences. Art work by Ravindra deserves high appreciation as the producer has not compromised the production values. Cinematography by PRK Raju is excellent. Visual effects and graphics are grand.
The movie holds ample strength to live up to the expectations at the box office with the ongoing sacred month of Karthika and the ensuing Danur Masam in the state.