ANDHRA PRADESH

Lending a Bihari touch to Andhra fare

Andhrudu (Telugu)

Cast: Gopichand, Gowri Munjal, Viswanath, Pavan Malhotra, Sayaji Shinde, Sunil, Lakshmipati

Director: Paruchuri Murali

Director Paruchuri Murali chose a typical love story with a little action in the backdrop for his new film `Andhrudu'. Gopichand plays the hero in this film, which has lots of scope for performance. To a major extent he utilised the opportunity and emoted well.

However, the slow narration of the film by director tests the patience of audience. Moreover, to show some novelty the director shows Bihar violence in the backdrop to run the subject in the second half and even uses Bihari dialect in a couple of songs. Surendra (Gopichand) is an upright sub-inspector and is the son of a music teacher Viswanatha Sastry (Viswanath). Randhir Singh (Pavan Malhotra) is the commissioner of police, who gets transferred to Hyderabad from Vizag. Archana (Gowri Munjal) is his daughter, who is very kind-hearted and has an interest in music.

Surendra puts an ACP (Pruthvi) in lock-up on charges of encouraging prostitution. By the time he goes for patrolling, a thief (Ravibabu) enters the house of Randhir Singh and escapes with a diamond necklace. Archana happens to see Surendra while chasing the thief.

Randhir finds fault with Surendra for not only putting his superior behind bars, but also for neglecting duty. Meanwhile, Archana joins the music school run by Viswanatha Sastry. On one occasion, Surendra notices the thief at a shopping complex and chases him. Archana who also notices Surendra runs after him. In the melee, Surendra loses his revolver and Archana fires at him. The thief escapes again. Realising her mistake, she admits him to hospital. Later they become friends and fall in love

Family sentiment

Randhir speaks to the music teacher seeking his acceptance for the alliance. On the day of the engagement, Randhir's estranged sister, who distances herself due to some family problems, calls him up and says she wants Archana as her daughter-in-law. Randhir is in a dilemma. Archana decides to sacrifice her love for the sake of family. What made Surendra to go all the way to Bihar and how he convinces Archana's parents forms part of the film. Gopichand is good in sentimental and action scenes. Gowri Munjal does a neat job. Comedy by Sunil and Lakshmipati evokes little laughter.

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