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Nothing special

Kasi (Telugu)
Cast: J.D. Chakravarthy,
Keerthi Chawla, Brahmanandam
Music: Sri
Direction: Lakshmi Srinivas

THERE IS nothing `khaas' about this Kasi, which is supposed to be a re-launch vehicle of J.D. Chakravarthy, who was in hibernation for quite some time, for reasons best known to him. Agreed there is a dearth of stories and the makers have to dig deep into the script bank to lay hands on something that is not used as yet. But what best a director can do in such a situation, is to present an old script in a new perspective, so that the viewer gets the money's worth.

Here, the plot is good, JD's performance is good, there is some very good camera work and a couple of lilting tunes, yet an incoherent screenplay plays the spoilsport. Apart from this, the numerous stunts and slow-paced narration makes the viewing all the more boring. The script is also deficient in providing a strong negative character pitted against the hero and it appears as if he is bashing up dummies. Coming to the story, Kasi is a ruffian, who makes a living by selling film tickets in black market. He is unscrupulous in money matters and doesn't hesitate to cash in on situations. In one such incident he meets Anjali (Keerthi Chawla) who is the daughter of a rich industrialist. He gets greedy when he sees her father offering huge amount to get rid of the lover of his other daughter. Kasi's brain works overtime and he fakes love with Anjali. He contrives a plan wherein he is supposed to elope with Anjali, and inform her father about their movements in the last minute so that they are caught and he gets the moolah in lieu of his love. But the plan boomerangs and Kasi is forced to board a train to Calcutta along with Anjali. Whether Kasi really marries Anjali makes the rest of the story.

The director tries to be different but he flip-flops as he goes about his job. Had he tightened the screenplay by chopping the inane comedy track and numerous stunts, the film would have been more interesting.

G. MANJULA KUMAR

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