The story of Pathi, Pathno aur woh has been done and dusted several times over. But it still holds attraction for our filmmakers.
When you see Adirindayya Chandram, you also understand why it is still a popular theme.
The story is as old as the sky. But the director Srinivasa Reddy, backed by some gritty performance from the lead pair, holds your attention.
The story is about Chandram (Sivaji) and Rajyam (Laya).The lovey-dovey couple is almost made for each other. They have a kid and their life motors along smoothly like a new automobile on auto bahn.
But when Rajyam is away, chance brings a bewitching beauty into Chandram's life. She is none other than a curvaceous model(Sangeetha) who happens to move into the next house. Now things take the route of forbidden allure. The rest of the movie is about what happens to his will and whether he succumbs to the most basic of human emotions.
Sivaji in a complex role is decidedly first rate. He brings to his character all the right nuances. Be it his romance with Laya or his dalliance with Sangeetha, he is plausible. He is a major strength to the film.
Laya, showing more glamour then ever, shows what Telugu filmdom is missing by ignoring her. She is convincing as a housewife sold out on the love of her husband. Sangeetha is riding on huge confidence these days. Despite some glitches in the conception of her character, she is good. The comedy of MS Narayana and Brahmanandam passes muster.
The film's music, by Sri Lekah have nothing new to offer.
The production qualities just about at par.
But director Srinivasa Reddy shows that he can handle sentimental family subjects without being cloying or maudlin.