Some go with stories, some go with business. But Akkineni Nagarjuna is the only star who goes with the both in a single film. He also comes forward to introduce new talents to Tollywood. Now, he came up with “Soggade Chinninayana” introducing “Kalyan Krishna” as director and produced this film under his Annapurna Studios production house. Ramya Krishna, Lavanya Tripathi acted as female leads beside dual roles of Nagarjuna. This film was the last release of this Sankranti season.
Ramu (Nagarjuna) and Seetha (Lavanya) come from America to convey Ramu’s mother Satya (Ramya Krishna) that they are going to take divorce. Meanwhile, deceased Bangarraju’s (Nagarjuna) soul is sent back to Earth by Yama Dharma Raju (Nagababu) for a cause. Why Ramu and Seetha want to go apart? Why Bangarraju was sent back? form the rest of the story.
With a similar concept, Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s “Sri Rama Raksha” came long ago. But director Kalyan was successful in not reminding of that film as long as we watch “Soggade Chinninayana”.
Sankranti celebration was profoundly found in Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. Kalyan recreated the forgotten rural environment with a landlord Bangarraju, beautiful girls and close neighbours. He should be appreciated for this.
There are a lot of things that attracted me in this film. The entire first half of the film was shot very well with nicely visualized songs like “Vasthane Vasthane” and “Dikka Dikka Dum Dum” which has nice dance movements by Nagarjuna. The sequences where Bangarraju tries to unite Ramu and Seetha were funny.
There is one more eminent thing in this film. Bangarraju is the main character of this film yet it has lesser number of physical scenes. I found no need to think of how he died until director came up with a scene to create suspense among his audiences. It was also appreciable.
The songs “Soggade” and “Nee Navve” were shot well in the second half.
As this film belongs to a socio-fantasy genre, there should have been a detailed explanation regarding some things like “snake” and the temple secret. There was no need to think of Bangarraju’s past until director started discussion about it. But once he did that, there should be an acceptable cause. But he ended it so simple with a sluggish narration in the second half. Even Brahmanandam’s comedy failed to entertain. The climax was very slow when compared to the previous scenes.
Anyway, this film entertained me very well in this Sankranti season after Nannaku Prematho and I recommend this to all.
Nagarjuna was the show stealer of this film. While he played dual roles, he portrayed the differences between the both in body language, accent stupendously. He looks very handsome in the village gait of Bangarraju character. He once again proved that age cannot wither him and the title “Soggade Chinninayana” is apt for him. Ramya Krishna and Lavanya Tripathi did justice to their roles. Sampath and Nasser were good. Remaining supporting artists like Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Chalapathi Rao, Jhansi were also good. Brahmanandam entertained at some parts and failed at some parts.
More Eminences :
- Cinematography. Vinod and Siddharth are the main reasons for me liking this film. The rural environment was beautifully projected. I liked the cinematography in “Vasthane Vasthane” song.
- Anup’s Music. He provided songs that suit the plot and environment correctly.
- Production Values. Nagarjuna made sure that this film looks grand in the rural environment.
- Sluggish narration in the second half.
- Lacked details of some things.
– Yashwanth Aluru
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