Do not expect crass comedy or silly spoofs from this film. The first day belongs to lovers of in-your-face humor and they cringe at anything decent. By them intelligence in screenplay is brushed aside as routine stuff and double entendre (there is none of this sort in KK) is lapped up as pucca entertainer from Naresh. Devi Prasad begs to be different and thus he has risked ridicule.
The film takes up a tested formula. There is a comedy of errors and confusion stemming from a case of mistaken identity.
Bucchi Raju (Naresh) is a salesman and for the sake of his girlfriend, he has to fool MS Narayana that he is the owner of the mall he is working in. MS comes with a quirk: he pulls all stops to get his beautiful daughter (Sharmila Mandre) married to a millionaire so that he can prove to his lady boss, once a construction worker and now a rich woman because her beautiful daughter married the owner of the building, that he is no less than her.
All plans fail and Bucchi has no option but to become the owner of a shopping mall in 6 months, a la Sudigaadu. It is then when his 'Abrakadabra' uncle (Krishna Bhagawan in a lengthy role) reveals to him a "daridramaina flashback" and the theatre of the absurd shifts to Puri Jagannadh's favourite country.
There in that land of illogical happenings, everyone from the most wanted kidnapping gang to the best police to a prominent industrialist are all Telugu-speaking Indians.
Beginning on a high note with neatly written lines, the film sputters to a routine trajectory. The kidnap drama is peppered with some unpredictable sequences that are few and far between. A person watching it with low expectations would not complain, except when it is time for a technically and artistically appalling song.
The screenplay has been tightly written and the execution passes muster without major hiccups.
A big asset is Satish Vegeshna's dialogue. Crisp and witty, they eminently make Kevvu Keka a family film.
Naresh delivers a rib-tickling performance and the Sudden Star has a string of epithets attached to him (snatched for this one film from Cherry, etc). He is ably helped by the rest of the cast. Krishna Bhagawan and Asish Vidhyarti shine in their roles, while Ali and MS do not amuse.
Sharmila fits the bill. Dhan Raj entertains in the small role, the actor who played the funny don fails to evoke laughter.
On the flip side, the film drags a bit here and there. There is nothing innovative in the story, it is thanks to the actors that the film is watchable. Had the casing gone wrong, the whole idea would have crumbled like a pack of cards.
Overall, it is a good show. Credit goes to Devi Prasad for pulling off a decent entertainer.
Verdict: It is a tightly written film. Though there is nothing greatly amusing, the performances and dialogue keep us hooked.
Rating: 2.5 / 5