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'Brother Of Bommali' Review: Tame Comedy

'Brother Of Bommali' Review: Tame Comedy

Movie: Brother Of Bommali
Rating: 2.5/5
Banner:
Siri Cinema
Cast: Allari Naresh, Karthika, Monal Gajjar, Bramhanandham, Ali and Others
Music: Sekhar Chandra
Cinematography: Vijay Kumar
Editor: Gowtham Raju
Producer: Ammiraju Kanumilli
Director: B Chinni Krishna
Release Date: Nov 07, 2014

Allari Naresh hasn't had a hit in a long, long time. He has tried various combinations to grab a hit and this time, he uses sister sentiment in the form of Karthika as his trump card for Brother of Bommali. Does the film live up to the hype and will it give the much needed hit for Allari Naresh? Let’s check out:

Story:
The story starts off at a time when NTR was the CM. On a rainy night, twins are born in a government hospital. The elder one is a boy called Ramakrishna (Allari Naresh) and the younger one is a girl called Lakshmi or Lucky (Karthika).

Right at the beginning, we are told that while the boy is easy-going, the girl is a tom boy who is a go-getter. Well, the children grow up and Ramky becomes an interior designer and as expected Lakshmi becomes a terror for men.

Ramky falls for Shruti (Monal Gajjar), another interior designer who works for his rival firm. In a strange turn of events, Shruti ends up working in Ramky’s firm and after a series of incidents, she falls in love with him. However, his father insists that he can only get married after he gets his sister married. And that’s when the big twist comes.

Lucky reveals that she is in love with Harsha (Harshvardhan Rane) and insists she will only marry him. From then on, the entire cast does everything and anything to get Lucky married to Harsha.

Artistes’ Performances:
Allari Naresh as Ramky starts off on a good note. In fact, you cannot really rate his performance as bad when compared to his characterization. The plot goes haywire as the story goes forward and that puts a toll on all actors including Naresh. Though the film is labeled a comedy, he does not have very many comic scenes which have the audience in splits.

Karthika has been promoted as the highlight of the film. Poor girl gets a raw deal once again. One is not sure if she blindly followed the director or that was the way she conceived her character in her mind, but she has totally gone off track in the way she has portrayed Lucky. Like Naresh, she too starts off on a decent note. But as the story progresses, her character gets on to your nerves and her acting reminiscent of some long-forgotten Tamil actresses is too loud for the taste of Telugu audiences. If she intends to continue in films, she will have to choose her scripts more carefully in future and tone down her expressions.

Monal Gajjar is like all Allari Naresh’s heroines who hardly make their presence felt. Unfortunately, she lacks the looks and acting skills to have repeat value.

Brahmanandam has another important role in the film as the cook called Kona Venkat. While the name sounds promising and you hope to see some well-conceived parody, it is relegated to yet another boring character which looks totally lost. While there is no doubt about Brahmanandam’s talent, he is spreading himself too thin and this may affect his popularity at some time.

Kelly Dorjee as the villain is totally wasted and you are left wondering as to what made him say yes to the role in the first place.

The rest of the cast includes a lot of people seen in almost all B grade films these days and they continue with their routine. Vennela Kishore, Srinivasa Reddy, Madhu, Ali, Jayaprakash Reddy are their usual selves. Harshvardhan Rane, who has become the most preferred stand-by character, should seriously take some acting classes. He looks totally lost and out of place throughout the film.

Technical Excellence:
Cinematography is okay, though the editor should have tried to chop off a bit more. Music is below average. Naresh even tries a back to present kind of song to add a dash of variety. Some dialogues are funny and there are a few one-liners which are interesting.

Director Chinni Krishna attempts a comedy by bringing in the tom boy twin sister. To this, he added Brahmanandam’s Kona Venkat character. Despite all this, he hasn’t been able to give an out and out comedy that will have the audiences in splits throughout.

Highlights:

  • Allari Naresh

Drawbacks:

  • Screenplay
  • Direction
  • Music
  • Lame story

Analysis:
Ever since Brother of Bommali has gone on to the sets, Allari Naresh has gone overboard in promoting the film. Of course, it is his home production, but barring that, he had high expectations from the film hoping it would break the jinx for him.

Honestly, director Chinni Krishna starts off with good intentions or so it appears. The first half kind of establishes the plot. But by the time interval happens and you get to know the twist, the story begins to lose direction.

Once the second half begins, the story takes so many twists and turns that the director appears to have lost track of what he wanted to show.

Another huge disappointment is the comedy track of Brahmanandam. Kona Venkat (Bramhanandam) fails to evoke laughs and leaves you bored. Similarly, Harshavardhna Rane’s character Harsha is so artificial that you totally lose interest in it.

It has been proven beyond doubt that the Telugu audiences are keen on watching entertainers that will keep them in splits for two and half hours. But anything and everything given to them in the name of comedy will not translate into a hit for makers.

Allari Naresh who has been struggling to get a hit for a very long time will have to wait longer.

Bottomline: Not So Funny

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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