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Challenging portrayals

123 (TELUGU)

Cast: Prabhudeva, Jyothika, Raju Sundaram, Nagendra Prasad,

Mus: Deva

Dir: K. Subhaash

THIS FILM has a message-oriented experimental comedy. That physical handicap should not deter a person from making progress in his field of choice is communicated well. Tirupati (Prabhudeva) is blind, Srisailam (Raju Sundaram) is dumb and Bhadrachalam (Nagendraprasad) is deaf. The artistes are brothers in real life. Tirupati covers up his blindness by pretending to read newspapers while the deaf man lip reads. When it comes to the dumb, the struggle is less for he can hear and see well. He keeps himself silent most of the time. This is how the behaviour pattern of each character is fixed, the execution of which is in itself becomes the source of humour. By and large the film is designed more as a comedy than trying to teach something about the physically challenged. And to connect all these three, the role of Narmada (Jyothika) is created. There is another role of a petty thief (Uttej) who does his job with elan.

Now the film moves a bit towards romantic side introducing Narmada as the central figure, who interacts with all the three, but separately. There is another character of Jyothi (Abhinayasri), living in the adjoining portion of Tirupati's apartment.

As Narmada moves closer to Tirupati, she also realises, he is a musician, Srisailam is a photographer and Bhadrachalam can paint excellent pictures on canvas. She encourages them to pursue their vocations and succeed in a big way in the end.

The film keeps grip on the audience, because of the curiosity the subject kicks up, regarding the survival of the handicapped using their sixth sense. The characters are difficult to portray, but the three main artistes do it convincingly.

Jyothika and Abhinayasri also do well. The film has some good musical score by Deva.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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