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S.V. Krishna Reddy's magical touch sorely missing

Hangama (Telugu)

Cast: Ali, Venumadhav, Jyothi, Abhinayasri, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Tanikella Bharani

Director: S.V. Krishna Reddy

The moment the film starts unwinding, the director loses that magic touch of handling comical situations with which he has swayed the audience all these years. Krishna Reddy depends more on situational comedy and creates an atmosphere of fantasy through the character Balu (Venumadhav). The film opens with stepbrothers -- Pedababu (Kota Srivasa Rao) and Chinababu (Tanikella Bharani) -- making a `hangama' over petty issues. They are jealous of each other. Sitapathi (Sunil) is a suitor who visits Chinababu's house along with his parents. As Sitapathi looks overaged, almost of the age of his father (M.S. Narayana), bride's father subjects them to insults. The father-son duo is hurt. Sunil succeeds in fixing a ragpicker and cheat, Balu (Venumadhav) to wed Chinababu's daughter (Abhinayasri), bluffing he is son of Bobbili Raja (Ramaraju). Pedababu, in his anxiety to get a better match for his daughter (Jyothi), contacts the second ragpicker Badri (Ali), who pretends he's a filmmaker. Jyothi falls for him. Bobbili Raja's real son (Rajendrababu) falls in love with a poor girl against the wishes of the kinga. While Balu and Badri help the raja's son to get married to the girl he loves, the king mistakes Chinababu's daughter is lover of his son. Thus, the comedy of errors gets kickstarted and ends after everybody realises who is who.

Ali and Venumadhav display their humour timing well. Dharmavarapu plays the matchmaker role using a laptop.

Gudipoodi Srihari

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