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Providing a political platform



LAUNCH PAD: NTR Jr and Jennifer in a thinly disguised political drama.

Naga (TELUGU)

Cast: NTR Jr., Sada, JenniferMus: Deva and Vidya Sagar

Dir: D.K. Suresh

AT THE end of watching this movie you realise that the villain of this story is not a match for the valiant hero but a petty private secretary of the Chief Minister, played by Pridhvi who's a thorn in the flesh. You will also understand that the root cause of the problem in the film is Mandaram (Shakeela), the Home Minister's (Rajan P.Dev) `companion'. And this film seems to be a platform to launch upcoming NTR into the political arena. Otherwise they would not have named the reel character of Chief Minister as Chandrasekhara Naidu. And this screen CM is lauded as the most honest and efficient person, in whom the hero Nagaraju (NTR) reposes faith and leads youth of the State. There is an issue of `water crisis', like in Karnataka. The CM instantly gets down to dharna, protesting against the helplessness expressed by the Centre on the issue, like the way Karnataka CM did. But this issue of CM's hunger strike is so twisted in the subject that it degrades the hero as an irresponsible fellow, who does not even bother to verify whether the CM has really asked him to get down to violence before he embarks on it. He just believes the words of CM's personal secretary (Pridhvi) `as instructions from the Chief Minister'. Naga is a law student and is aware that CM is not of that kind who prefers violence to solve issues. These issues weaken the plot. Even the court scenes look contrived. And the way Naga is elected, as youth leader is the funniest of all. The student leaders of all the universities in the state line up before him and literally beg him to become their leader. All this is because they hear him speak of electoral reforms in the court.

Law student Nagaraju, Naga in short, is the son of a court attender Krishnamurthi (Raghuvaran). And the way students of that Law College resorts to unlawful acts, in the name of pranks makes one sick.

In that backdrop, Naga falls in love with Suhasini (Sada), and she appears only in song and dance scenes.

The rest of the story shows the fallout between the CM and Naga and how Naga tries and saves the situation for them.

NTR displays sense of drama in sentimental scenes. Tanikella Bharani, playing father of Sada, Raghuvaran and Sudha are artistes worth mentioning for their portrayals in unusual roles. Music sounds better in background part, than in songs. Photography is imaginative.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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