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Devadas
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Reviewed onApr-06-2005
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Avunanna Kadanna was holding the fate of atleast two - the actor Udaykiran, who is desperate for a hit to make a comeback,
and director Teja, who had continuous setbacks in the recent past. Avunanna Kadanna surely turned out to do good for
the entire team. The story is same old one but it is the presentation that made the difference here. Adding to the positive
touch is the soothing music and songs.



Getting into the details: Mangaraju (Pilla Prasad) is kind of a jamindar to Peddalanka. He is arrogant and
has a demeaning opinion about poor and women. He is so good at demolishing his opponents that even the trace is not available anymore.
Ramu's (Udaykiran) father owns 25 acres in the same place. Manga Raju wants that land. Sattiraju (Rallapalli) advices Ramu's father
to sacrifice that land instead of getting into tussle with Mangaraju. Meanwhile Ramu's father passes away in an accident and Ramu
is brought up by Sattiraju. Ramu pretends that he is going to Hyderabad in search of job and lands in Pedalanka. There he falls in love
with Aravinda (Sada), grand daughter of Mangaraju. Mangaraju becomes a hurdle for their love. How Ramu won Mangaraju to get to Aravinda
should be seen on the silver screen.




Performances: The main pie is shared by the hero and the heroine. Udaykiran as a village boy and Sada as a village belly - jelled into the respective
roles. Udaykiran is back on to screen after quite sometime. He looked refreshing and impresses in all departments. The director should be appreciated
for the way Sada is projected. It is a treat to watch her character onscreen. Her expressions are captured sensibly by the cinematographer.
The onscreen chemistry of Udaykiran and Sada turned out good. This is especially the case when it came to songs.



Pilla Prasad did good job with his role. His characterization is a bit confusing. Showing him as a crooked and dangerous guy and at the same time
making him do foolish stuff confuses the character. Inspite of the characterization, Prasad did a good job. Dharmavarapu Subramanyam is successful
in bringing out good comedy as bootaraju. His imitation of NTR and the stories he say are nicely done. His character stands as one of the
highlights of the film.




Coming to the technical departments: Sameer's cinematography is simply superb. He did an excellent job in capturing the locales
of Godavari. Editing by Marthand Venkatesh is good. Stunts by Horseman Babu are just ok. Songs are done with great detail.
Thanks to the technical team, the film has green look and a rich feel in the songs. Songs are definitely a big plus point and
highlight for the film. Kulasekhar's lyrics are aptly complimented by RP's musc and visuals are done in an effective
manner by Teja. Paate Vinte and Nadumey Vuyyala will send the audience to the aisle. Though some of the tunes
remind us of some old tunes (Suvvi suvvi song starts out like minnenti sureedu), RP Patnaik did a good job in composing them. There is an inspirational song which goes on the lines
of one can do anything if he has will. That song is also very good.



First half of the film runs in an interesting and exciting mode. Introduction of the characters, good songs, nice comedy,
well made songs - all add up in the first half and make it a good deal. First half comes to a halt with the villain coming
to know of the love between the hero and the heroine. There is not much left to handle in the second half. Most of the
second half is filled with chases. Some situational comedy is generated between hero and heroine in the second half that
saves the second half to some extent. Also, there is a twist in the second half that is placed at the right moment.
But definitely there are some slag points in the second half. Overall, it is a decent film compared to Teja's releases in the recent past.




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