Critic's Rating: 3/5
Monday 01 November 2010
Siddarth, Praneetha, Ahuti Prasad, Rajendra Prasad, Samrat, Brahmanandam, Ali, Tannikella Bharani, Raghubabu
With a Telugu title, beautiful rural locations, and a hero who has proved his mettle with the family crowds, Bava - starring Siddarth and big-eyed Praneetha - has come with a big bang.
A successful farmer Seetharam (Rajendra Prasad) has an ambition: to ensure that his son Veerababu (Siddarth) is married into a family that will take care of him.
Veerababu, however, is unaware of his father?s dream and remains a wastrel along with his buddies.
One day he falls in love with Varalakshmi (Praneetha), a girl from his neighbouring village. He tries many tricks to impress her, and at last succeeds in winning the girl?s confidence and love.
When the girl?s parents try to get her engaged elsewhere, Varalakshmi comes crying to Veerababu.
The hero ties the nuptial knot, but his father does not approve. He tells him how the two families - Veerababu?s and Varalakshmi?s - had separated 25 years ago, and that she is his cousin (Maradalu). Veerababu, however, now decides to marry Varalakshmi officially.
His exploits form the crux of Bava. Siddarth imitates Kamal Haasan?s mannerisms in several scenes. As for the heroine, she is extremely glamorous and she has tried her level best to present herself with ease.
Rajendra Prasad is adequate as the father. All others have done their best.
Bava unfolds with an opening shot that resembles Akshay Kumar?s Singh is Kinng. The story mimics the comedy from Chandini Chowk to China, and when it comes to flashback, it mimics Love Aaj Kal.
The sentimental stuff is lifted from several popular Telugu films.
The first half is average, while the second half is boring with a weak story line and screenplay. The director seems to have lifted the scenes - like the sharing of the village deities from Seetha Ramula Kalyanam and the cycle race between the villain and the hero from Lakshmi Kalyanam and Avakaya Biryani.
The songs and music are average. The title song is the saving grace of the film. It's a sizzling number shot on the banks of the Godavari river.
Cinematography is a major plus point. Dialogues are convincing in some scenes. Editing is not up to the mark.
Comedy is weak, despite having ace figures like Brahmanandam, Ali and Raghubabu.
Verdict: Below average
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film