Mix-up of emotions
Cast: Vikram, Prakashraj, Priyanka Trivedi
THIS IS as much a Prakashraj's film as it is Vikram's. For Vikram, even the subject is offbeat. He has a role that requires him to look sullen and lonely. Whereas, Prakashraj has an attacking and voluble role. He plays a suspicious man, always misunderstanding people's motives. Vikram becomes his victim at one stage. He thinks he is a bad man and is unfit to marry his daughter. He's Raghupati, a landlord and the son-in-law of another rich man. Vikram plays the title role of Siva, an orphan but distantly related to this family.
Raghu's daughter Kousalya (Priyanka) falls in love with Siva (Vikram). While this love drama runs on one track, the drama of misunderstanding between Siva and Raghu runs on another track. The director sets it in a way that whatever Siva does with good intentions looks totally opposite to Raghu. He thinks Siva is bad man and proclaims so, very loudly. This drama of misunderstanding commences when Raghu trips over the leg of Siva and falls down while travelling in a bus. Raghu thinks Siva did it deliberately . But Siva pleads innocence. Then Raghu's pet dog, named Arjun, comes under the wheels of a car. Siva is blamed for that. In yet another encounter he is blamed for their car catching fire.
Meanwhile, unhappy over Kousalya getting close to Siva, Raghu threatens to immolate himself in protest and makes her promise that she will not talk to Siva.
Raghu fixes his daughter's marriage with another person and sees Raghu talking to the boy's father. Later, the marriage is called off. Raghu suspects Sivudu's hand in that. But as things hot up, Raghu once again overhears another discussion and understands the true nature of Siva and realises he is a good man, and the film ends on a happy note.
The role of innocent Kousalya is well played by Priyanka. Unususally, Vikram's performance is on a low key. Nalini, as Raghu's wife has a trying role as mother sandwiched between father and daughter. Music by Deva is generally pleasing and matches this love story and rural based drama and its festivities.
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