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Sumanth stands out



Satyam (Sumanth) and Ankitha (Genelia) in a blow-hot-blow-cold relationship

Satyam (Telugu)

Cast: Sumanth, Genelia D'souza Director: Suryakiran

Music: Chakri

Producer: Akkineni Nagarjuna

FINALLY IT took Nag mama to resurrect Sumanth's filmi career with Satyam, which comes as a breather for the young man who already saw four flops till date. This apart, the film is also a litmus test for the young debutant director Surya Kiran, who did a commendable job despite leaning heavily on Vikraman's genre.

The film revolves around a young man who is thoroughly misunderstood by two people whom he loves the most. Unmindful of their cold vibes, he continues to love them and in course of time makes sacrifices galore that appear a bit overstated. If this doesn't bother you much then the film makes an enjoyable viewing thanks to some healthy humour combined with commendable performances especially from Sumanth.

Satyam (Sumanth) is a sensitive young man who loves his family very much but is thrown out of the house by his father due to some misunderstanding. He works as a taxi driver and also doubles up as a ghostwriter for a popular film lyricist. He meets Ankitha (Genelia D'souza), a medical student who also shares similar views and falls in love with her. Incidentally, Ankitha is the daughter of Satyam's elderly friend (Kota) who dreams of getting his daughter married to a doctor. Yet when he comes to know about Satyam's feelings he readily agrees to the alliance but the hitch is that Ankitha has a poor opinion of Satyam. So Satyam decides to earn a name for himself before he expresses his feelings to her but in the meantime Ankitha's classmate proposes to her. Will Satyam get what he wants makes the rest of the story.

Sumanth's performance stands out. He speaks with his eyes, emotes well, while his diction too is perfect. More importantly, he does not ape his illustrious grandfather or his dashing uncle and instead evolves a style of his own. Genelia is cute and impressive, while Sridhar does his job as a villain. Rajesh, Sumanth's friend in the movie, tickles the audience with good timing, thanks to some wacky dialogue by Satish-Ravi. Lawrence does an item number with Genelia, while music director Chakri plays himself in the film. Music by Chakri is a mixed bag. While Kuch kuch paana hai is foot-tapping, Madhurame and Maguva are soothing.

G.M.K.

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