Starring: Nikhil, Swathi, Tanikella Bharani, Rao Ramesh
Director: Chandoo Mondeti
Producer: Venkat Srinivas
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Music: Sekhar Chandra
Karthik [Nikhil] is a youngster with inquisitive nature to solve all the mysteries taking place around him. Karthik falls in love with Valli [Swathi], a Dentist on the first sight. The duo along with co-medicos lands in Subramaniapuram for a Medical camp. A mystery of murders happening with a Snake bite in Subramaniapuram temple interests Karthik. How Karthik get through the bottom of the mystery? Forms the crux of Karthikeya.
Nikhil has given a subtle performance. He has shown a great transformation as an Engineering student in 'Happy Days' to a Medico in 'Karthikeya'. His dialogue delivery is one more plus, he pulled out the role with ease.
Swathi is restricted to few moments in the movie. She has nothing much to offer, yet looks glamorous in the songs.
Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani, Praveen and Kishore have done justice to thier roles. Police officer, 30 years industry Prithvi and poor old mad Sadhu are wasted among others.
Karthikeya is never felt as a debut film of Chandoo Mondeti. The new filmmaker maintained the suspense with par excellence. Laudable screenplay with well written and best suited dialogues. Sekhar Chandra's background music stands as a pillar for the movie. 'Intalo', 'Saripovu', 'Prasnante' songs shot well. Karthik Ghattamaneni's cinematography is an asset. Flashback episodes with a storyboard narration have been executed well. Art direction is praise worthy.
Editing by K Srinivas is acceptable with the pace and run time. Comparatively second half could have been better.
Karthikeya is technically sound. The movie is incorporated with right amounts of twists and thrills. Screenplay, cinematography and background score complements each other from the first frame, generating right mood to the audiences. Comedy quotient is neatly maintained in the movie without deviating from the story line. After the interesting first half and the interval bang, few unfolds in the counterpart appears predictable. Abrupt Climax leaves instances for the sequel.
'Konni Abaddalu Alochinchakunda Nammutham, Konni Nijalu Nammadaniki Alochistam' and 'Prapanchamlo Prathi Prasnaki Samadhanam Untundhi, Samadanam Lekapothe Samasya Prasnadhi Kadu Prayathnanidi' are best dialogues.
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