24 June 2006 | jai1
Clichéd romance of the trials a man has to go through to get the girl he loves
Yes, I know its clichéd. The director knows its clichéd. The actors know its clichéd. The writer specifically crafted it so that it will be clichéd. Ultimately, even the audience knows it has seen all of these elements before albeit pieced together differently. This story has elements of Taal, which we see when hero jumps into fire for an object of sentimental value and Pyar Kiyatho Darna Kya (or so I hear). Watching this movie you can't help but feel, I know this story..I've watched it a hundred times before. Yet, you can't help but watch it. If you are anything like me, you do not watch an Indian movie for its novelty or acting. You watch it because its almost a force of habit. So then, the real drawing factor becomes direction. Director Prabhu Deva keeps the story moving along quite nicely, though somewhat slow at times, and keeps it very simple. To the point where you know whats going to happen next. Yet, you can't help but feel warm for the character's experiences and can't help but laugh along with the jokes. The set design as well, though never going over board, is simple enough, yet laden with such lush, rich and vibrant colors. It captures the essence of Andhra life and you almost feel like you can feel it pour into you. What happens in the story..well not much. Santosh (Siddartha) comes from England with his mom to visit a relative's wedding and there he falls for Siri(Trisha). Siri and Santosh fall in love but there is another family eying to make Santosh their own. J.P.(Jaya Prakash Reddy)and his daughter(can't remember her character's name-Nandita) are eying Santosh (or rather..his money). They humiliate Siri and her brother Sivarama Krishna (Srihari). Santosh goes and asks for forgiveness and Siri's hand in marriage and Sivarama Krishna, after being persuaded by the Station Master (Parchuri Venkateshwara Rao) gives Santosh a chance saying that he must grow, on 1 acre of land, 1 more sack of crop than all of his fields. There are also other elements in the village looking to make Siri their own. They try to sabotage Santosh, but do they succeed? If you've got a girl that you want to cuddle up to or you are feeling blue and want to just feel good, this is definitely a film you should look into.