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Brahmanandam Drama Company Review

Published: Monday, July 14, 2008, 14:16 [IST]

Brahmanandam Drama Company Review
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Last year, some comedy films proved hits. Taking a cue from the successes and to cash in on the hit spree, Palli Kesava Rao and K Kishore launched a banner called Sriramachandrulu Films. They chose a Bollywood's hilarious comedy film Bagham Bagh and remade it as Brahmanandam Drama Company, with Brahmanandam, Sivaji, Ravikrishna and Kamalini Mukherjee in the lead. However, they faced many problems to complete the film. Even after it's completion, they could not get good theatres to release their film as many exhibitors were reluctant to give their theatres for small budget films. Somehow, with the help of some buyers and distributors they succeeded in releasing the film. Despite a big talk by producers, who assured that the film would be a laughing riot, it proved to be a big flop as none of the scenes brought even smile on the faces of audiences.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Anandam (Brahmanandam) brings up two orphans (Sivaji and Ravi Krishna). They turn heroes of the drama company run by Anandam. An NRI, who was a womaniser, impressed with the beauty of the heroine, gives them an opportunity to stage plays in Bangkok. Once, Sivaji and Ravi try to lure the heroine (Sameeksha) of the drama company because she is quite beautiful. Irked over their behaviour, she quits the drama company before they board the flight. As their drama company gets the abroad chance for the first time, the troupe leaves for the Bangkok, on the advice of Sivaji and Ravi, that they would search a girl there as heroine at Bangkok. So, they start a hunt for a girl. In the process, Ravi comes across Arpita (Kamalini Mukherjee), who pretends that she is suffering from a mental disorder with suicide tendency. Ravi somehow manages to bring her and shake legs with them in the show. After some time, again she meets with an accident in a bid to commit suicide and pretends that she is the wife of one Mahendra (Raghu). Again the entire drama troupe gets fixed in a murder case and the police claim that Arpita committed suicide blaming the drama company staff responsible for the death. But the trio (Anandam, Sivaji and Ravi), somehow escape from the police. Later, they face so many problems. Again they find Arpitha alive. She unwinds the real story and tells them that her name is Archana and she got fixed in a trap by Mahendra, who killed his wife. In the climax, the police arrest, Mahendra and the trio heave a sigh of relief.

PLUS: There is absolutely no story in the film and it is just a treatment-based film. The director chose to remake the film, exactly like the Bollywood original. However, none of the artistes could recreate a similar wonder on the Telugu screen. It was Brahmanandam, who stole the limelight with his performance. A couple of songs in the film are good to watch. Honestly, there are no plus points which could take the film on a hit path.

MINUS: None of the heroes Sivaji or Ravi Krishna could deliver good performance and as the title suggested, it is just like a drama and nothing more. Ravi Krishna has neither shown any expression nor shaken leg with ease in dance sequences. Kamalini is okay and a couple of songs shot on her are nice to watch, though not great. The director failed to utilise the huge star cast. Especially, the galaxy of comedians of the Telugu film industry, who co-starred in the film could evoke laughter. All the scenes are cinematic and artificial. Sivajiraja, who is really a good artiste, also has disappointed the audiences with a clown like character. Dialogues by Ramesh-Gopi also lack any punch.

REMARKS: The audience who go to the theatres with a strong belief that the huge cast of comedians would give them adequate entertainment would face a miserable disappointment in the absence of worthy comic scenes. The poor screenplay scripted by the director embarrasses the audiences. The audiences need not feel bad for missing this film.

Cast: Brahmanandam, Sivaji, Ravi Krishna, Kamalini Mukherjee, Sameeksha, Ranganath, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Jeeva, Ali, AVS, Raghubabu, Sivajiraja, Allari Ravi, Raghu, Kamal, Gundu Sudarshan, Apoorva, Sasirekha, and others

Credits: Camera – PS Babu, Music – Sai Karthik, Dialogues – Ramesh-Gopi, Fights – Selva, Presents – B Gurunath Reddy, Producers – Palli Kesava Rao and K Kishore, Screenplay and direction – I Srikanth,

Banner: Sriramachandrulu Films

Released on: July 11, 2008

Topics: kamalini mukherjee, i srikanth, palli kesava rao, k kishore, brahmanandam, ravi kishan
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