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Updated: October 18, 2011 12:16 IST

Ooseravelli: Fairly engaging drama

Y. Sunita Chowdhary
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A still from the film. Photo: Special Arrangement
A still from the film. Photo: Special Arrangement

This is another regular, ordinary revenge story by the director of Athidi and Kick but what makes it watchable is the actual presence of a story. Many films these days have become increasingly predictable, lack a proper story and are made to work with a few comedy scenes. Though the comic quotient is a huge irritant here, Surender Reddy succeeds in narrating a fairly engaging drama which has a quirky but intelligent mix of action and romance. Tony (NTR) is a man with many colours like the chameleon and he keeps changing his attitude to suit the situation he is involved in.  He falls in love with Niharika (Tamannah) but he keeps her guessing about his true feelings for her.

Meanwhile his association with a gang leads him into a series of killings and brings in the inevitable involvement of the heroine and her family with cops and gangsters; the entire family is eliminated and Niharika is left with a memory loss. While Niharika's relationship with Tony (NTR) and their frequent conflicts form one part of the focus that's narrated in a non-linear format, the rest is about why NTR goes about killing one person after the other.

NTR is the major plus and he glides through the narrative comfortably without any extra frills and bombastic dialogues. The lines given to him are also grounded, punctuated with a few punches here and there to keep his fans happy. Tamannah complements NTR well and the complicated plot offers her an opportunity to show her versatile work. While the rest of the actors, both major and minor have pretty small roles, they get enough screen time; the lucky one is Payal Ghosh who not only looked cute but also performed remarkably well.

NTR, known for his ease in mass roles, throws barbs at himself by asking a character, “but how did you ever think that this body gels with love?” and romances Tamannah in cool demeanour, casual song and dance and sometimes a mass number in the first half of the film. The next half shows a liberal usage of spades and hammers for killing. There are plenty of known faces — Sayaji Shinde, Shyam, Ahuti Prasad, Prakash Raj, Murali Sharma..all of whom have one good dialogue each.

For instance Prakash Raj winds up his act by saying, “It's a painful thing to come into this world without knowing who your parents are and equally painful to die without knowing who your killers are.” Ooseravelli is not a great film but is also not poor by any standards. It doesn't thrill but worth watching once.

Keywords: Telugu cinema

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