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Divine intervention


OUT OF SYNC: Songs in foreign locales do not jell.

Piliste Palukuta (TELUGU)

Cast: Vijaychander, Akash, Shamita Shetty, Sunil

Mus: M.M. Kiravani

Dir: Kodi Ramakrishna

VETERAN DIRECTOR Kodi Ramakrishna adds yet another angle to the prevailing season of love stories. This love prospers through the divine intervention of Shirdi Sai Baba (Vijaychander).

Baba's devotee Nana (Chandramohan) plays a major role in the film to depict the greatness of the Baba. He brings Baba's attention to Shanti (Shamita Shetty), suffering from malignant brain tumour. In the final scene Baba appears as an America-based Indian Neuro-surgeon who comes to treat Shanti.

The real surgeon arrives only after the Baba completes the job. This is a significant scene in the film, which otherwise runs as a college love story on one side and as a biography of Shirdi Saibaba on the other. Vijaychander, who had already portrayed Baba's role in an earlier film on Saibaba and also on small screen, performs with ease. Shanti's story runs parallel to Baba's. The college life and the regular pranks are in abundance. But once Shanti realises her illness, she tries to keep her lover Ajay (Akash) at a distance. After a few gloomy scenes, the story takes an interesting turn with Baba's intervention.

The over ambitious director in presenting Baba's role added an `echo' effect, which resulted in muffling of the dialogue. The roles played by Shamita and Akash are quite stale. Akash looks too artificial in the final scene where he has to cry hoarse before Baba. Sunil tries his hand at serious scenes but lack of proper dialogue pulls him down. Love songs on foreign locales look out of place in this kind of semi-devotional film.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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