Critic's Rating: 3/5
Tuesday 24 March 2009
Sunil Kumar Reddy
Raja, Tirtha, LB Sreeram, Tanikella Bharani, JP, Jeeva, Rallapalli
Giving a twist to the traditional length of a Tollywood film, Sontha Vooru, directed by former journalist Suni Kumar Reddy ends up in just two hour ten minute duration. The writer has given prominence to emotions rather than the entertainment factor.
True to the title, the story deals with the excitement and anguish of a son of the soil (hero Raja) at land grabbing, depleting human villages that form the village-mark and last but not the least the neglect of the government towards farmers. The film also deals with the subject of Special Economic Zones of the state government, which has become one of the focal points in the coming elections.
Malli (Theertha) is a sex worker and represents the city culture. Bujji (Raja), a handicapped young man hails from a non-descript village and does the personification of rural innocence. Caught between these two characters is an old villager (LB Sriram), who loses his lands due to land grabbing by greedy villain (Tanikella Bharani). Juxtaposing the rural and urban life, the story takes a romantic twist with Malli and Bujji coming together from sensuous mood to a truly and humane love. The rest of the story is about the pangs of the hero for his village and to retain its pristine beauty.
The story is simple, but very effective. The subject about the exodus of the villagers to the city caught in the mire of western influence and for greener pastures is being dealt with in a superb manner. The dialogues are so powerful sometimes that it makes to audience think for a while in the theatres themselves. The aspect of children ditching the parents and how the children lose the care of their parents comes out with a moving presentation.
Direction is Sunil Kumar is good. Photography is impressive. All the characters have done their part. The audience can also see the element of artistic treatment in the film, with the commercial elements taking the back seat. Over all, the film is worth a watch for those who cherish the moorings of their village life or a passion for home turf.
Verdict: Worth a watch
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film