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'Pilla Jamindar' Review: Rich Native Treat

'Pilla Jamindar' Review: Rich Native Treat

Film: Pilla Jamindar
Rating: 2.75/5
Banner:
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Cast: Nani, Haripriya, Bindu Madhavi, Srinivas Avasarala and others
Music: Selvaganesh
Cinematographer: Sai Sriram
Story, screenplay, director: G Ashok
Producers: D S Rao, S S Buchibabu
Release date: 14/10/2011
 
Hero Nani who could not score success with ‘Sega’ has now arrived with a new movie and this time he is flanked by not one but two heroines. Let us see how this film works
 
Story:
PJ (Nani) is the careless and carefree young man who is filled with arrogance and ego. The reason for that is his confidence that he would be the heir to Rs 5000 crores property once he becomes a major.

In this process, he ill treats his servants and doesn’t care much about his friends as well. He becomes a major and when PJ feels he is ready to take the property, his grandfather’s (Nagineedu) will states that the property can be given subject to few conditions. First is, PJ should become a graduate and he should live in a hostel with pocket money.

Reluctantly, PJ takes up the condition and there begins a new journey. In this process, he knows the value of friends (Avasarala Srinivas, Tagubothu Ramesh etc), love in the form of Sindhu (Haripriya) and other important elements of humanity. How that happens forms the rest of the story.

Performances:
Nani has come up with a spirited performance and he shows versatility in his body language. There are those occasional scenes wherein he went stiff but overall he did a good job.
 
Haripriya is highly seductive. Though her role was underplayed, she makes her presence felt with her natural sensuousness. She has good potential which can be extracted.
 
Bindu Madhavi had a brief role. Apart from one or two songs and filling the screens for few scenes, she didn’t have much to do. But she has that cute look which can be enjoyed onscreen.
 
Ravu Ramesh was his intense self. His typical dialogue delivery and expressions gives him a strong presence onscreen.
 
Srinivas Avasarala has given a valuable contribution with his role. His approach towards the role is quite natural and he gels with the flow in a nice way. He is one talent that deserves better opportunities.
 
M S Narayana was impressive once again, Nagineedu was natural, Sivaprasad was standard, Vennela Kishore brought few smiles, the gang of friends comprising of the lean actor, Tagubothu Ramesh and others gave good quota of smiles.
 
Highlights:

  • First half
  • Comedy
  • Nativity factor
  • Screenplay

Drawbacks:

  • Second half
  • Overdose of sentiment
  • Weak emotional graph in key scenes
  • Sluggish pace at few points

Analysis:
The film comes across like a journey to the countryside from the word go. The focus is more on the human values and the down to earth nature of those in the smaller places. The feel is quite different owing to the screenplay technique and one can get a flavour of Vamsi movies in some sequences.

Credit must be given to the padding artistes for making the film very energetic with their comedy. There are some good points on the essence of education, values of humanity. The film could have been much stronger if the same momentum and flavour was added to the second part instead of filling it too much melodrama.

Overall, this is a film which has quite a number of reasons to be watched. Just have patience in the second half and you will come out with smiles.
 
Bottomline: One time watcher
 
(venkat@greatandhra.com)

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