“Dikkulu Choodaka Ramayya has a unique and rare concept. But poor direction along with an average screenplay and performances pulls it down. a one time watch.”
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In a way, this was the Telugu version of Autumn in New York. Yes, bold script, I know, father and son falling in love with the same girl. However, everything goes downhill from there, largely because the director was confused whether to make it an emotional drama or a romantic comedy entertainer. This dilemma and confusion costs the director, Trikoti his movie.
The premise has Gopal Krishna(Ajay) who loves to be called Krish, a middle-aged and married bank employee with two songs, with Indraja playing his wife Bhavani, dreaming of starting a new life with a young, exuberant girl. Irresponsible, casanova ways eventually lead him to Sameeta(Sana Maqbool). He helps her pay off a bank loan of 1 lac by taking a debt himself from a very dangerous money-lender, at exorbitant interest. Meanwhile, Sameeta a college drop-out and aerobics trainer, befriends Madhu(Naga Shourya), the elder son of Gopal Krishna. That is where the problem lies. Sameeta, who is about 20 in the movie(3rd year, if she hadn't dropped out) is the love interest of Gopal Krishna and Naga Shourya, first year in the same college. Ideally that puts Gopal Krishna at a minimum of 40 years of age, something Ajay is too young to play. Besides, putting himself into real trouble by taking a 1 lac debt, in spite of being a bank employee leading a decent lifestyle is another plot point that is hard to believe.
Amidst, decent OST, although not so good by MM Keeravani's own very high standards, the love story plays out in strange ways. Sameeta falling for Gopal Krishna, feels really strange, as Gopal Krishna or Krish doesn't really do anything respect-worthy apart from being her "ATM" offering money whenever she needs help. On the other hand, she has a genuine friendship with Madhu, where Naga Shaurya continues his charming rise in Tollywood, with good body language and depicting the emotions of the boy next door. There is chemistry between them as Sameeta mentors him, helping him out with senior issues and training him in dance and extra-curriculars for college fest. However, her decisions or the way the script pans out stops making sense in the second half.
The movie is a decent watch for people who love stories with a difference. There is some good humor in the first half, quite a bit provided by Madhu's younger brother, who is particularly daddy's nemesis. Indraja with a chunky role doesn't really convince, but one could see her playing more such roles in the future, given the dearth of good actresses in that arena. Ajay is a good actor, but fails to really fit the role of a middle-aged passionate man, who falls in love with a very young woman. He really doesn't look old enough to be playing Shaurya's father. Sana is bubbly and pretty. Her acting though has just one dimension, as is usually seen from young actresses these days, who usually have to take the help of voice dub. Brahmaji as Krish's sidekick has a small space of his own, as the guy tormented by his wife.
It is not a movie you must watch given there are quite a few other options this weekend.