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Devadas
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The unit of Satyam got together again for ML Kumar Chowdary's Sri Keerthi Creations banner. One thing the unit failed to recreate is
the magic of Satyam. Let alone comparision with Satyam, this film fails with the story, screenplay and narration. The makers
were able to generate enough enthusiasm with the audience about the 51 number. There is not much justification provided for that
in the film either.



Coming to the storyline, Dhana (Sumanth) has only one goal in life - to become a police officer. He wants to get it done the right way ie. he is against paying bribe.
On one day, he confronts few college students regarding ragging. Lakshmi (Saloni) comes to his acquaintance from then on.
Lakshmi is the daughter of Police commissioner (Mukesh Khanna). Gradually Lakshmi and Dhana fall in love. To comfort his parents
Dhana starts a musical store. Police commissioner exploits the zeal of Dhana and uses him to capture some bigshot dons in the city.
Along with them he will also file a case against Dhana. Dhana realizes the plot of the commissioner and challenges him that
he would marry the commissioner's daughter. How he achieves his goal form the rest of the story




There is nothing much to say about the film - both technically and casting terms.
There is not much scope for the cast to really perform.in this film. Sumanth is at ease in his role. Saloni tried her best to perform well.
She succeded to the maximum extent. Mukesh Khanna did OK but not that impressive. Though he gave his own dubbing, sometimes lip synching
failed. Tanikella Bharani and Dharamavarapu Subramanyam did their roles adequate.




R. Suryakiran really created magic at the box office with Satyam. However he failed with story and screenplay departments with this film.
It is kind of surprising to see such a film from the director when the expectations are high on him. Unnecessary scenes with fights
and songs are created, which makes it feel more patchy and paved the way for not so strong screenplay. The director told in many interviews
that the importance of the number 51 can be realized after watching the film. However, except being the roll number of the hero during his
school times, there is no importance of this number in the film.




Camera work by Arunkumar is OK. Lighting is poor in some scenes. Editing by Marthand K. Venkatesh is OK. Music by Chakri is also just
average. Music is one of the biggest assets of Satyam. However for Dhana, that also didnot turn impressive. Aravirisina Mogga
and Chaina godanu songs are good. Background score is just OK. Stunts composed by Vijay are good. Supposedly punchlines are not
that impressive.



First half goes on with misplaced songs and scenes with loose narration. The interval bang is good. Change of commissioner's stance,
Dhana challenging the commissoner scenes are pictured well. Second half continues pale. As the movie progresses towards the climax,
the film generates tempo. Climax fight is composed good. Also, the dialogues penned for Sumanth in the climax are very good and
are rightly delivered by Sumanth. Songs are pictured good. If the placement is handled well, things would been slightly better.














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