Movie: Shailaja Reddy Alludu
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Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Anu Emmanuel, Ramya Krishna, Murali Sharma, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Prudhvi and others
Music: Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: Nizar Shafi
Art Director: Raveendar
Producer: Naga Vamsi
Written and directed by: Maruthi
Release date: Sep 13, 2018
The combination of Naga Chaitanya and director Maruthi raised expectations ever since the news came that they had teamed up.
Added to this combination, Ramya Krishna as Attha further created interest. The film’s trailer and songs also elicited positive response.
Now let’s find out the merits and demerits.
Chaitanya (Naga Chaitanya), son of a rich businessman (Murali Sharma) who is egoist, loves Anu (Anu Emmanuel) at first sight when she moves into his locality. Anu, an artiste, has huge ego issue too. Eventually he makes her fall in love with him.
In a sudden twist, Chitanya’s egoist father gets them engaged on a dais in a spur of the moment. At that time, the henchmen of Anu’s mother come and take her way. Chaitanya now goes to Anu’s village and comes to know about her mother Shailaja Reddy (Ramya Krishna).
The twist in the tale is that Anu and her mother are not in talking terms. Why? What has made this mother and daughter stop talking to each other and what problems are in store for Chaitanya?
With thick moustache and light beard, Naga Chaitanya has looked matured here compared to his previous movies. He has played his character convincingly though there is not much scope for him to do more than regular scenes.
Anu Emmanuel as arrogant girl is okay Ramya Krishna as Shailaja Reddy an egoist mother is perfect and her portrayal of this role is an asset.
Murali Sharma has played complete different role but his character is not convincing at all.
Vennela Kishore as Chari and Prudhvi as Manikyam who are caught between mother and daughter evoke some laughs. Naresh is okay.
Cinematography, production values are top class. Nizar who has been providing camera work for Maruthi movies has lent rich look with his camerawork.
Gopi Sundar has given three catchy tunes though they are not as good as ‘Geetha Govidnam’. Editing should have been crisp, the second half has a lag.
Lack of highs
Dragging second half
Director Maruthi who has been dishing out simple but entertaining movies with protagonists having some disease or problem has attempted a time-tested theme here with some small change.
Instead of putting disease or disorder problem to the protagonist, here he has made three characters having ‘ego’ problem – heroine, her mother and hero’s father. The basic theme of the movie is ego issues.
Here hero is caught between Attha and his lover – mother-in-law and her daughter, as well as his father, all are egoists though lovable and affectionate.
The situations arising from this issue has provided some comedy in the first half and middle portion but there is no gripping thread to connect with.
The memory problem of Nani’s in “Bhale Bhale Magadivoy” can easily be connected by anyone. Even though it was not as gripping, the OCD problem of Sharwanand in “Mahanbhavudu” is also relatable.
But the problem in “Shailaja Reddy Alludu” is that the ego issues seem quite silly and also give the impression that they are created just for the sake of it and don’t give organic flow of the story.
The film focuses on entertainment in the first half, while second half largely rests on sentiment and emotions.
The first half though in regular style is decent. The second half also runs in decent way but it goes down after sometime as it turns predictable and the exercise of hero trying to bring the mother and daughter on talking terms are not at all convincing.
The entire track of Vennela Kishore going into Ramya Krishna’s bedroom to bring out Anu Emmanuel is so boring. Second half has such unnecessary scenes and when we thought the film is ending, a song and big scene come spoiling the mood further.
The plain narration in second half is major issue. The positive points are hilarious comedy track on Prudhvi and Vennela Kishore. Two songs are also good. But these under weigh.
All in all Sailaja Reddy Alludu disappoints with routine and dull narration. The film does provide some laughs, but nothing to rave about.
Bottom-line: Eighties Alludu