Madan proved himself as a good storywriter with the success of 'Aa Naluguru' directed by Chandra Siddhartha, with Rajendraprasad and Amani in the lead. Realising that he could narrate a story in a way that would touch the hearts of audiences, Madan decided to turn a director. He launched the banner 'Aa Naluguru Films' and produced a film on his own.
The storyline for his latest flick is quite delicate. It is about the relationship between a wife and husband immediately after marriage. The director has tried to give a good message as to how a couple should mould their marital life and stay away from the influence of others, on their marital life.
Hari (Jagapati Babu) and Lakshmi (Priya Mani) meet in a private TV channel's programme and their very first meeting ends with a quarrel. Janaki aka Janu (Jhansi) is the Lakshmi's best friend, while Hari has another best friend Krishna (Krishna Bhagawan). While Janu feels that women should have the upper hand, Krishna is of the opinion that men should rule women. Janu runs a marriage bureau, through which she arranges the alliance between Hari and Lakshmi. As they know each other, they accept the alliance and the marriage takes place. Here the problem is that both of them have their own ego and self-respect. With the advice of Janu and Krishna, both Lakshmi and Hari remain stubborn and this leads to a strained relationship. At one stage, Lakshmi takes the extreme step and attempts suicide. Hence, they almost decide to apply for divorce.
Coming to know of the situation, Hari's grandfather (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and grandmother (Geetanjali) decide to unite them. They invite the couple to perform Dampatya Vratam. Their tricks prove successful. When Hari and Lakshmi understand each other and are about to unite, they come to know that it was a trick played by the old couple and the situation gets back to square one. So Hari's grandfather asks both of them to pen down the minuses of each other. He finds that they did not write the minuses but only pointed out to the mistakes. He reveals to them the difference between a minus point and a mistake. A mistake could be rectified but a minus point is inherent and cannot be corrected. Realising their haste, the couple unites. The film ends on a happy note.
The director has come up with a good storyline. The excellent narration, which underlines the difference between a minus point and a mistake, is fantastic. The director has made good use of graphics for narrating the point through Kota Srinivasa Rao, by using a mythological description. Perhaps for the first time, Jagapati Babu has played a mythological character, though only for a few minutes in a song. The Ganga Avataranam has also been picturised well with graphics. It is a cakewalk for Jagapati Babu, for he has done this role with much ease. Priya Mani looks charming and has performed well. The thought of a complaint box near the bedroom is a good idea. The roles of Kota Srinivasa Rao and Gitanjali are the other highlights.
On the whole, this is a pleasant film for the family audiences.
Cast: Jagapati Babu, Priya Mani, Raju Sundaram, Astha Singhal, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Geetanjali, Krishna Bhagawan, Hema, Sunil, Jhansi, Brahmanandam, Kovai Sarala, Venumadhav, Ahuti Prasad, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali, Sudarshan and others.
Credits: Music - Agastya, Lyrics - Veturi, Vennelakanti, Chaitanya Prasad, Cinematography - Surendra Reddy, Story, dialogues, screenplay, direction and production - Madan.
Banner: Aa Naluguru Films