METRO PLUS

Thematically deficient

REGRESSIVE PLOT: Chitra Mehta and Balakumar.  

2 Much (TELUGU)

Cast: Balakumar, Rasi, Chitra Mehta, Ali, Brahmanandam Direction: Veeru. K

THIS IS the story of `Sita, Geetha aur woh'. Sita and Geetha are sisters and the third person is one Bullebbai. At least, it is believed to be so, till the last reel. The element of comedy is overtaken by a certain amount of lewdness. It is `too much' in that sense . The romantic part is blurred with tasteless double entendres towards the end. The film is Veeru's brand. He is still remembered as Veeru of Aro Pranam. Like in Aro Pranam, the hero is depicted with a woman older to him, (Geetha played by Rasi). And the young man is a vagabond, Bullebbai (debutante Balakumar). Sita is played by Chitra Mehta, a debutante too. The entire first half is a college campus, class room and examination hall drama, with funny characters parading in and out. There are too many scenes which the director cannot handle. Hence, he resorts to overplaying them, confusing the audience as much as possible. The film is a great dialogue audio with all the characters talking volumes and volumes .

The substance of the theme tends to pave way for a vulgar drama and dialogue. Bullebbai loves Sita, but does not know how to make her say `yes' to his proposition. Among his friends Ali has lots of ideas to solve his friend's problem. The final advice he gives him is to take a set of Telugu films that depict a hero raping a heroine and then forcing her to marry the hero as an example. Accordingly, Bullebbai gets drunk one night, executes the plan etched by his friend and awaits results. Much to his shock Sita is not alarmed . Instead it is her elder sister Geeta who is perturbed. Sita, by then, starts loving Bullebbai. And gets ready to marry him. But Bullebbai is entangled in the problems created by Geetha. Others like Surya and Ali are aspiring to marry Geetha. How this problem gets resolved is anybody's guess. M.S. Narayana, Brahmanandam, Sudhakar, Chalapati Rao and Ramireddi also add their bit to this lighter vein drama. The basic problem is the content of the theme itself. But for that single element of the mistaken identities, there is not much scope for a full-length comedy. Hence, the first half goes haywire. Some experiment seems to have gone into the musical part too.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI