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Bunny, the first time collaboration of Stylish Star Allu Arjun and V. V. Vinayak, is a youthful commercial masala entertainer released in the summer of 2005. Bunny is the third film and also the third consecutive hit of Allu Arjun.
The story begins with the introduction of the villain Somaraju (Prakash Raj), a millionaire who controls Vizag city. Maisamma (Mukesh Rushi) is the right hand of Somaraju and the implementor of his crimes in Hyderabad city. Mahalakshmi (Gowri Munjal) is the only daughter of Somaraju and the apple of his eyes. Somaraju does everything to make his daughter happy. As she grew up he keeps 24/7 security to safeguard her from the one's who eyes on her. The college fears her and no boy ever dare to speak to her.
Then enters our Bunny (Allu Arjun), as a newcomer in the college. From the very first day, Bunny makes Mahalakshmi fall head over heels in love with him. One fine day, Bunny gets a call from Janakamma (one who takes care of him) to come to a Polavaram and Bunny will finally know about his birth secret.
Bunny's father Rangarao Bhupathi (Sarath Kumar) is a landlord who has a messiah-like following among the people. Rangarao wants to government to build Polavaram project on Godavari river to help farmers. But, with the government turning deaf ear to the pleas, he decides to revolt and starts a walkathon with farmers to Hyderabad.
There he urges CM to start the project as soon as possible and also offers his lands to the government to help farmers who might lose their fields due to the project. But, this doesn't go down well with Rangarao's sister's husband Somaraju who plans and kills him with the help of Missamma and acquires his property. Somehow, Bunny gets saved by Rangarao's close pal and his wife who sacrifices their own son to save his life.
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Coming to know the secret, Bunny decides to take vengeance for his father's death and fulfil his last wish. Meanwhile, Mahalakshmi proposes her love for Bunny, and he rejects her. Angered with this, Mahalakshmi asks her father to get her Bunny's love. How Bunny's enters Somaraju's life and how he changes his maternal uncle and wins his girl and fulfills his father's dream form the rest of the story.
Allu Arjun who proved his star credentials with Arya has given a scintillating performance as Bunny. He is stylish and his dances are full of energy and grace. Gowri Munjal who made her debut in Telugu cinema is pretty good. Tamil actor Sarath Kumar who played Allu Arjun's father, Sarath Saxsena who played Sarath Kumar's pal and Bunny's guardian and Prakash Raj are impressive in their roles and added weight to the proceedings. MS Narayana is remarkable as principal and his comic scenes with Venu Madhav (who played peon) are hilarious.
Direction & Other Aspects
Choosing a story that is woven around the prestigious Polavaram project, V. V. Vinayak narrated the entire film as a commercial entertainer without losing the seriousness of the main issue. The music by Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad was peppy and the sets erected for songs are extravagant. Action sequences are striking and the dialogues are good.
The film is dubbed into Oriya as Dharmayuddha, into Hindi as Bunny The Super Hero and into Malayalam with the same title. The film was remade in Bengali as Challenge
Allu Arjun’s nickname became a household term among Telugu audience after the film release.
The film became a blockbuster in Kerala and amassed a huge fan base for Allu Arjun.
Though the film has a predictable story, director filled enough humour and action whenever possible. In the initial scenes, the Shiva movie scenes during a murder episode will come as a surprise. Overall, the film is a good commercial watch that still feels fresh even today.
Rating - 3.5/5
Reviewed By Bindusri Meduri