The romance between Chaitanya and Anu doesn’t have the spark to keep us involved. Chaitanya is able to bring Anu and his father on the same page but there’s a larger ego-driven personality he’ll have to tackle. As Shailaja Reddy, Ramya Krishna gets a heroic introduction. Her character is an extension of Neelambari (Narasimha) and Sivagami (Baahubali). Ramya can now sleepwalk through these characters — walk like a queen, hold panchayat sessions and burnish anyone who defies her with her fiery eyes. She does the part well, but it feels repetitive.
The film gets some of its zing back when the scenes shift to Warangal and Chaitanya tries to bridge the gap between Shailaja Reddy and Anu, the warring mother and daughter. Vennela Kishore and Prudhvi step up the humour while Naresh plays the understanding husband who takes Shailaja’s personality traits in his stride.
It’s a long way off before Chaitanya can make Anu, Shailaja Reddy and his father set their egos aside and look at relationships with more compassion and be expressive of their love and longing. The narrative is extremely predictable and towards the end, it looks like they ran out of ideas. The egoistic characters are presented like caricatures without nuance. Oh yeah, you can count the number of times ‘ego’ is mentioned and beat boredom.
As expected, Ramya Krishna does a great job as Sailaja Reddy. Even the simplest and weakly written scenes look good because of Ramya’s performance. She has an amazing screen presence and the film picks up the pace whenever she is on screen. Prudhvi and Vennela Kishore manage to evoke some decent laughs with their characters.
One of the biggest minus points of the film is the lack of good entertainment which is missing most of the time. Apart from Vennela Kishore and Prudhvi’s track, there is not much fun in the film and this where things become dull for the audience.
The second half falls flat as the emotions do not get elevated well. The track of mother and daughter not speaking to each other has been dragged way too much and misses the right emotions. Storywise, there is nothing new as routine elements are forced into the narrative at regular intervals.