Sep 5, 2008

Telugu Movie ASHTA CHEMMA Review


Rating: 3/5

Banner: Art Beat Capital Pvt LtdCast: Nani, Swathi, Bhargavi, Sreenivas, Hema, Tanikella Bharani, Jhansi and others

Music: Kalyani Malik

Cinematography: PG VindaProducer: Ram Mohan P

Director: Indraganti Mohan Krishna

Release Date: September 05, 2008


A hilarious treat, the story is about Lavanya (Swathi) a youthful and bubbly girl who only has one mission in life- to marry the star Mahesh Babu. Lavanya is madly in love with him and cannot think of anyone else however she is disappointed when she gets to know that Mahesh has been married to Namratha. Due to this, her aunt (Jhansi) several attempts to get Lavanya married to an NRI keep failing and after a lot of persuasion the pretty girl agrees. However, she puts in a condition that the name of the groom must be Mahesh which is yet another problem. Due to her obsession with Mahesh Babu, the music and songs she plays creates havoc in the neighbourhood and the worst affected is Anand (Sreenivas), the next door guy. In an effort to get rid of Lavanya, he goes in search of a person with the name Mahesh and finally chances upon a guy with the same name (Nani) who works in a pub. Sreeni hatches a plan and finally both of them fall in love, however things get interesting when it is known that Mahesh's actual name is Rambabu and on the other hand Sreenivas falls in love with Varalakshmi (Bhargavi), sister of Rambabu who hails from the village Lakkavaram. What happens after that forms the rest of the story

The director has come up with a simple treat but then he has excelled in presenting the plot very well and also the narration was quite interesting. The script was tight and the screenplay was executed very well with some good points to add fun. Dialogues were quite witty and though music was not always in sync, it suited the moods. Camera was effective with good angles. Nani has come up with a good performance given his debut effort and equally competent was Sreenivas in his first shot. However, they might not fit that well to the mainstream movies. Bhargavi had this domestic sex appeal in her but she needs to tone down her body, her performance was good. The real show stealer was Swathi whose dialogue delivery is worth every penny. She has learnt to be a camera friendly girl and this will take her far. Tanikella was not utilized completely and Jhansi was strong enough on the screen.

The amount of creativity and wit used to make this seemingly plain story look interesting is worth appreciation. While the entire length of the movie revolves around one theme, it is the factor of 'Mahesh Babu' that really pulls the audience. However, care should have been taken to ensure that few things are not overdone as such instances have occurred here. The film will definitely appeal the multiplex and metro audience but there is not much for the mass except the 'Mahesh' syndrome. Commercially, it will rake in good money and will get a decent fare tag.