Pandaga Chesko 2015 Telugu – Good entertainer

Started somewhere in the year 2000 as an experiment by Venkatesh Daggubati with Kalisundaam Raa, family mix ups, emotional drama between wife and husband, old revenges did almost carry to every household of Andhra Pradesh or an average Telugu movie buff. Tollywood had tall names in the field of family oriented stories with perfect screen play and undaunted acting skills where SV Rangarao, Akkineni Nageswararao, NT Ramarao, Savithri, Sooryakantham, Ramanareddy, Gummadi occupied top positions of chart. Later with the likes of Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu, Sobhan Babu, Krishna, Krishnam Raju, the story narration took a new leap if not resounding and refreshing with the aid of technology. A survey carried out by a corporate news channel revealed that even in the age of Titanic and Gladiator at international level, followed by Magadheera and Aparichitudu back home, Telugu audience continued to live with the epic movie of all time Maaya Bazaar – SV Rangarao, Savithri, Sooryakantham, Kaikala Satyanarayana, ANR, NTR, Relangi, Sobhan Babu had enacted a perfect drama in which familial sentiments would come to the fore in almost every frame.

Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Chiranjeevi, Srikanth, Rajasekhar, Balakrishna continued the trend with big hits commercially and musically. Coming to new age generation heroes, Prabhas’ single handed performance gave himself and Mirchi the big league talk. Nani did a good role in Pilla Zamindaar (2011) with Haripriya which received positive response from class audience. Gopichand in Andhrudu and Loukyam, and Raviteja and Uday Kiran played similar roles. NTR Junior did a cameo in Brindavanam while Mahesh Babu too played similar family sentimental roles in Dookudu and in Athadu. Pawan Kalyan mimicked trend in Attarintiki Daredi while Ramcharan did enact a cocktail in Govindudu Andarivadele. While Manchu Vishnuvardhan and Manoj had similar roles in Denikaina Ready and Bindaas respectively, the hero of current movie Pandaga Chesko Ram had done this role in Ready already. Let’s see how different is this movie from Ready.

Story and screenplay

Ram lives in Portugal with his family members who are also part of his multi million valued firm Pothineni Group of Industries. He strikes a deal with Sonal Chauhan, who is an ever zealous and highly energetic woman, but is caught in a fix to marry someone of her choice. She finds Ram interesting and proposes to him. Ram’s mother Pavitha Lokesh doesn’t want this marriage to happen and narrates background story to Ram. The manner in which Ram meets his uncles back home in Bobbili (in Vizianagaram) looks as old wine in new bottle, but with comedy and timing of dialogues the director makes it a plot worth occupying seats till the end of the movie. Brahmanandam once again did his repeated best; the sooner he comes out of accepting such roles the better. Vennela Kishore and Jayaprakash Reddy appeared frequently only to raise Ram’s one size fits all solutions. MS Narayana was impressive with his north coastal Andhra slang “legess (emphasis added)” which implies “don’t tell me, you understand what I say?”

Acting and trivia 

Ram is always an energetic hero who perhaps comes second to Allu Arjun in these types of movies, especially in moves and playing games with other characters. His involvement, pleasant demeanour and trendy looks generally shadow his shorter height. Rakulpreet looked fair but a little dull compared to her active performance in Loukyam in scenes with Gopichand. Sonal Chauhan, having done glamorous roles previously in bollywood banners like 3G and Jannat, looked at ease both in skin show and role fitting. Her ultra modern approach and arrogance in dialogue delivery boosted the movie whereas Raghubabu tried his part to alleviate comedy. Heroines in this movie definitely appeared taller than hero, particularly Rakulpreet Singh in most scenes, and in the first song Sonal Chauhan dominated the screen – reminds one of Lara Dutta in Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai  from the movie Blue. Vennela Kishore as usual was in his elements with his timing and audience laughed every time he appeared on the screen. Brahmanandam was good but as one can see even a kid can foresee the scenes involving him these days. Music by Thaman is average and this is even accepted by him in the song when he himself sang if hero could impress heroine just as Thaman plays drums!

Sai Kumar, the iconic voice in Telugu film industry after Jaggayya, had once again lived in the second fiddle role to Sampath Raj who acted as father of Rakulpreet. Choreography for hero and heroines, picturesque backgrounds, costumes have all their impact in songs. Lyrics aren’t that catchy so is music composition. Singers too are nominal. Rao Ramesh is a big boon to Telugu industry but in this movie his role is just nominal so are other female character artists. Shankar of Jabardasth Comedy Show fame and Prithvi did their usual refreshing comedy in Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC) spoof and when Prithvi asked Shankar why he threw a flower vase so blatantly, after much of the time had already passed, the audience were only laughing at the timing of the curiosity. Obviously Prithvi scored more marks than Shankar in this spoof which refreshed the scene.

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