Film: KODI PUNJU
Banner: Sri Sailendra Cinemas
Cast: Tanish, Shobana, Roja, Siva Krishna, Sridhar, M S Narayana, Rajyalakshmi, Satya Prakash, Rallapalli and others
Music: Anoop Rubens
Camera: Siva Kumar
Director: BVV Chowdhary
Producer: SS Bujjibabu
Release date: July 22, 2011
A rural tale, the story is set on the backdrop of a village and here lives Ramachandra Rao (siva krishna), the noble man and village president who is known for his generosity. However, his chair is being eyed by the bad guy Bapineedu. In the same village is Abhimanyu (tanish) who dotes on his mom Sitaratnam (roja). The story takes a turn when Nandini (shobana) falls in love with Abhimanyu and he responds after getting his mom's clearance. However, Bapineedu's brother joins Abhimanyu's group with evil plans. Meanwhile, Ramachandra Rao discovers about Abhi-Nandini affair and he insults Sitaratnam. Abhimanyu vows to take the president's chair and what happens after that forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a known storyline and while the presentation was average, the narrative was lacking the grip. The dialogues were punch filled, the script was weak and the screenplay was ineffective. Background score was alright and two songs were worth humming. Cinematography was apt. Editing has trimmed the film in a right way. Costumes were rustic and while the art department was natural. Tanish comes up with a sincere performance and gives his best, overall a decent job. Shobana was more of a glamour doll and she must work on her body language and expressions. Siva Krishna was standard, Roja was the show stealer, model Sridhar was alright. M S Narayana brought few smiles. The others did their bit as required.
As such, the film doesn't offer anything new but it has the ingredients which appeals to the hardcore masala audience. While the first half passes off smoothly, it is the second half which falters and causes a slack. At the box office, this will have some strength in the B, C centres but expecting marks from class and family audience is difficult. At the box office, this may not be a hit but it will land in safe zone owing to the budget and the opening collections.
Bharatstudent verdict: Could have been better