Yet again, veteran director B, Gopal has come up with a routine potboiler with Prabhas and Aarti in the lead. Despite his efforts to pack it with necessary ingredients like action, songs, and comedy, the film fails to hold interest due to its wafer-thin storyline.
The director's fascination for Rayalaseema rears it head yet again. But, this time, it produces mindless 'action' more than anything else. Prabhas who attained stardom with Varsham would seem to be risking his career by doing senseless masala movies. Paired with him is a jaded-looking Aarti, who exposes more of her skin than talent.
Except for two numbers, Mani Sharma's other compositions lack the repeat value.
The story goes like this. Young Prabhas lives in a tribal area and happens to meet a city-bred girl, Aarti. She befriends him and makes him see that only studies can get him a place in the society. Then she leaves the place with her parents. Grown up Prabhas joins a college in city to live up to her words and his daredevil attitude impresses Aarti. She doesn't let on that she is the girl who he is looking for but later he comes to know of it on her birthday. He is shocked to know that she is getting married but later, on the advice of his mentor, decides to separate from her. When his friend is killed, he elopes with Aarti into the forests.
With the Ryalaseema rebels on one side and the police on the other, they are cornered from every side but he is still confident. Brahmanadam guides the police team to Prabhas and Aarti, but he keeps them at bay with his brawn power. Finally, he smashes down his rivals and wins his love.
Despite many reversals, seasoned directors are yet to read the pulse of the new-generation audience that has mercilessly rejected out-dated formula films and encouraged realistic films. I is high time veterans understood this change. Else, they will be pushed into oblivion sooner rather than later