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Shailaja Reddy Alludu Review
This is a year where formula-driven cinema in Telugu has faced outright rejection. Yet, director Maruthi times the revival of the once-famous atta-alludu trope that brought the roof down in the 90s for a festival. How successful is he? To put things straight, he doesn't disappoint. Shailaja Reddy Alludu is another film where egoist character(s)-creates-mayhem in the house after Geetha Govindam. Though it may be the lead actors Naga Chaitanya, Anu Emmanuel and Ramya Krishna who do the crowd-pulling act, it's thanks to the supporting actor-lineup featuring Vennela Kishore, Prudhvi and Murali Sharma for laying a neat foundation for the film's entertainment quotient.
Movie: Shailaja Reddy Alludu Rating: 2/5 Banner: Sithara Entertainments Banner Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Anu Emmanuel, Ramya Krishna, Murali Sharma, Naresh, Vennela Kishore, Prudhvi and others Music: Gopi Sundar Cinematography: Nizar Shafi Editor: Kotagiri Art Director: Raveendar Producer: Naga Vamsi Written and directed by: Maruthi Release date: Sep 13, 2018
Story: Chaithu (Naga Chaitanya) is a simple fun-loving guy who falls in love with Egoist girl, Anu (Anu Emmanuel). After initial resistance, Anu responds to him and they get engaged as well unexpectedly. But then, the story takes a twist after Anu’s Mother, the Powerful Shailaja Reddy (Ramya Krishnan) fixes her marriage with another guy. What happens later in their love story forms the rest.
Performances Naga Chaitanya delivered a good performance. He played an extremely different kind of role when compared to his previous films. He looked handsome and will impress the audience not only with his good looks but also with his subtle performance.
Anu Emmanuel looked beautiful in this film. The chemistry between the lead pair worked out well.
Ramya Krishna is a major highlight of the film and will impress the audience.
Vennela Kishore got another meaty role in the movie. His scenes will make the audience laugh their heart out.
Naresh, Murali Sharma, and Prudhvi Raj also delivered the best performances. The rest of the cast members also made their presence felt.
Technical: Director Maruthi came up with a routine story which needed to be stuffed with lots of comedy to make it viable. But then, Maruthi missed the comedy which is the main contribution of his success so far. Except for Vennela Kishore and Prudhvi’s track, there is no much comedy. Camera work is okay. The songs have been well shot and a few are quite good. Editing could have been a lot better. Some scenes in both the halves have to be trimmed. Production Values are excellent.
Analysis: The first half of the film is pretty average and the last fifteen minutes are quite interesting. But the biggest drawback is the lack of entertainment which is expected from a Maruthi’s film. The story is quite routine and predictable. The second half, as a result, falls flat immensely. The scenes between egoist mother and daughter are supposed to be the highlight of the film but they are dragged beyond the patience of the audience.
As a whole, Shailaja Reddu Alludu was a yawn-fest, if you can manage to snooze the fights and loud dialogues from time to time. Ramya Krishna brought some dignity to the script with her presence but her character had a myopic, suffocating scope barely capable of coming out of the contradictions that creep in because of bad writing. A better idea than watching this movie would be to go back to one of yesteryear’s hits starring Ramya Krishna and Nagarjuna. The chauvinism, which still exists in deceptive forms after all these decades, will at least seem less pretentious.
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