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Premikulu is second film for director Jaya. Similar to her first film Chantigadu, Premikulu has new faces playing the lead. Kamana Jatmalani, who did a video album before, played the heroine. It is also quite interesting that for the first time
a woman technician worked for cinematography in Telugu films.



Premikulu is based on the concept of Retrograde amnesia. As the film explains, patients of retrograde amnesia wont remember a
thing from the past. But it's only a temporary loss and the affected get back the memory if few incidents from the past are pushed on to them. There are many films in Telugu that released in the past with this as the backdrop. Either the hero loses his memory in a fight or accident and so on and so forth. Premikulu is different in the context that both the lovers get into
this retrograde amnesia.

Into the details of the film: Chandu (Yuvaraj) is a guy with go-easy-on-life attitude.
His father dreams of seeing his son as a doctor. Though Chandu wont believe in love as such, he promptly falls for
Vennela (Kamana) at first sight. She falls for him too. This is not accepted by their parents. Vennela's mother has different plans. She wants Vennela to be married to Rishi. The love couple decide to commit suicide. But fate decides a different destiny for them. Instead of death, it offers the lovers retrograde amnesia. Parents decide not to tell the lovers anything from the past. What happens with their lovestory should be seen on silver screen.




Technically, the film has got good music, well perceived cinematography and decent direction. The main cast is relatively new and it is reflected in their somewhat amateurish performance. Performances can be rated as just ok. Kamana Jatmalani looked beautiful in every frame she appeared in. Thanks to Vijayasri for her sensitive angles portraying the beauty. Though Kamana mesmerizes with her beauty, she failed with performance. There is lot more scope for improvement. Yuvaraj seemed to have required sometime to adjust with the camera. He is a bit uneasy for half of the film but is at ease in the rest. Specifically, his performance was a bit artificial in the first half and is good in the second half. Rishi Girish is so so.
Ahuti Prasad, Sana played the single parents of the lovers respectively and they did their roles well. Brahmanandam did a fine job as mobile market. Some good humour is done by him. Another actor who did good comedy in this film is Rambabu.




Story, though is not entirely new, is novel. The dramatic storyline needed sound narration. Director Jaya was successful to some extent in delivering the goods. She has got her own style of making - use of mirror shots, sensitive touch to the dramatic scenes, symbolic comparision etc. But however, there is something missing in the film.



Vijayasri did a splendid job with the camera. Songs are rendered beautiful on screen. Sajan's music is an added advantage to the film. Heroine introduction song and Nuvvu choose choopu oka varam songs are very good. Abhinayasri's item song is also good. Velugondi Srinivas did an average work with the dialogues. More attention should have been paid in this department.




Unlike the recent trend of films getting delayed and problems with prints, BA Raju's production Premikulu released on time. Infact, the prints got released a day in advance
like in good old days. As a producer, BA Raju gets due credit for such planning. Production values are pretty good too.



Though there is some comedy in the first half, there is not much pace. It might be due to either or both of new cast and slow narration. But the second half paces with a good tempo. The tempo is gained as the film proceeds to cimax. Second half is impressive.




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