Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 12 August 2011
Ram, Hansika, Aksha, Sonu Sood, Swathi, Srinivasa Reddy, M. S. Narayana, Pragathi
Bhavani (Sonu Sood) is a rowdy and he is in love with a student named Sruthi (Hansika). Bhavani makes sure that no body comes nearSruthi, but the trouble is that Sruthi loves Srinu (Ram) who doesn't care much about Bhavani.
To stop Srinu from seeing Sruthi, Bhavani kidnaps her and puts her in the house of another rowdy leader Rajanna (Jayaprakash Reddy). Srinu goes to this Rajanna's house, where another love story ensues with Rajanna's daughter Sandhya (Aksha) who falls for Srinu`s charm.
Kandireega marks the debut of cinematographer Santosh Srinivas as director. The young director with the help of writer Kona Venkat plays the safe game, using time-tested elements like comedy, action and glamour in right proportions and incorporating dialogues that get claps and whistles from mass audiences.
It is more of a mix of director Srinu Vytla brand of comedy and Vinayak's formula of mass elements.
Telugu audiences have seen these kind of movies and scenes umpteen times, yet Kandireega is not a bore. Though first half is breezy and entertaining, second half moves to a predictable end and is lengthy. Length of the film is a big problem.
Ram brings the liveliness to the movie and his histrionics with tint of comedy makes all the difference to an otherwise regular movie.
Especially in confrontational scenes with Sonu Sood, he shines. Like always, he is good at dancing. Hansika has put on weight, yet she provides enough 'glamour quotient'.
Aksha is good. Of all the films she has done, this role might give her more mileage. Colors Swathi does a cameo in a song. Sonu Sood appears mostly as a comic bad guy than a menacing villain. Sonu Sood actually has a better role in the movie and he gives his best.
Too many characters are there in the movie - senior actors like Jaya Prakaksh Reddy, Chandramohan, M S Narayana, etc have done their job well in those roles.
Some dialogues are hilarious but the writer has shown his strength in giving a fresh touch to the regular scenes that provided laughter.
Andrew' s visuals are bright and his camera work has brought richness to the film. "Champakmala.." song is the best of the pick from Taman's compositions for this film.
As a debutant director, Santosh Srinivas passes the muster. He succeeds in making the movie a mass entertainer.
Don't expect freshness from the film but if you are looking for time-pass entertainer, Kandireega satisfies you. Kandireega is a poor copy of the super hit Ready and other commercial entertainers, yet it provides enough comedy.
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film