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A joint family flick with a touch of romance

G. MANJULA KUMAR
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A still from the film ‘Maa Annayya Bangaram'.
A still from the film ‘Maa Annayya Bangaram'.

Film: Maa Annayya Bangaram

Cast: Rajasekhar, Kamalini Mukherjee, Jhansi, Jayaprakash Reddy

Direction: Jonnalagadda Srinivasa Rao

It is surprising that Rajasekhar picked up the big brother role so soon after Gorintaku, in which Meera Jasmine played his little sister. In Maa Annayya Bangaram, it is not the sister but the brother sentiment which takes the centre-stage. Generally films with such themes are quite safe at the box-office and Rajasekhar is perhaps sure of its success. Taking the beaten track, director Srinivas Rao harps on deteriorating relationships and traditional values that are purported to be left behind by the present generation and about the advantages of living in a joint family. He also tries injecting some socially relevant messages into the narration . Shivaji (Rajasekhar) is a mechanic and owns a garage. He dreams big for his six brothers and leaves no stone unturned to ensure that his dream is fulfilled. He falls for Manju (Kamalini Mukherjee) but her sister puts a precondition for the marriage. She dislikes joint families and wants her sister to be married into a small family. However Shivaji's uncle lies about the brothers and says that he has only one brother paving way for the marriage but trouble starts from day one for Shivaji and his brothers. Rajasekhar gets into the role . The script is liberal with socially relevant and the credit should go to Paruchuri brothers. Onscreen chemistry between Kamalini and Rajasekhar appears to be forced while Jhansi does a fine job and so does Jayaprakash Reddy. Music by S.A. Rajkumar is so-so. The film is good for one time viewing.

G. MANJULA KUMAR


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