Shailaja Reddy Alludu Review & Rating
Shailaja Reddy Alludu Review: A Passable Old-School Entertainer
2018 in Telugu Cinema saw formula-driven cinema in Telugu has faced outright rejection. Yet, director Maruthi comes up with a once popular genre of Atha and Alludu formula To put things straight, he doesn't disappoint. Shailaja Reddy Alludu and dishes out Shailaja Reddy Alludu. The biggest feature of this film is the clash between Naga Chaitanya and Ramya Krishnan. This is another film where egoist character(s)-creates-mayhem in the house after Geetha Govindam.
Though it may be the lead actors Naga Chaitanya, Anu Emmanuel and Ramya Krishna who do the crowd-pulling act, it's thanks to the supporting actor-lineup featuring Vennela Kishore, Prudhvi and Murali Sharma for laying a neat foundation for the film's entertainment quotient. It is what the audience expects from a Maruthi film these days. A clean entertainer which keeps them on the seats for about 2 hours.
Both the male and female protagonists Chaitanya and Anu are named after the actor's screen names. For those who enter theatres believing this to be a guy-taming his-would be mother-in-law story, you are in for a surprise. The story is more Chaitanya's, a 20s something boy sandwiched among a bunch of egoists as the plot traces his attempts to be an ice-breaker between unlike poles.
He gets into trouble for being in the vicinity, yet director Maruthi amid all the predictability in the narrative makes this journey mostly hilarious. The filmmaker may have moved on from employing his lead characters with a disorder, although in Shailaja Reddy Alludu, it's man-made ego and haughtiness that create a mess.
Sailaja Reddy Alludu, which borrows its basic premise from Nagarjuna’s 1990s blockbuster Allari Alludu, and gives it a slight twist to make it accessible for the masses of this generation. What you get out of this experiment may not be path-breaking, but a plain and decent entertainer in parts.
The story revolves around four important characters. Murali Sharma plays a highly egoistic self-made millionaire. Quite early on in the film, he rejects a marriage proposal for his daughter because his ego doesn’t let him bow down to traditions. Naga Chaitanya plays his son and he falls for Anu Emmanuel at first sight like any self-respecting Telugu hero does but she’s even more egoistic than his father.
As he tries to make things work between him and Anu while hoping that his father would accept their relationship, he gets the shock of his life. He learns that Anu’s mother Shailaja Reddy, played by Ramya Krishnan, is as egoistic as his father and likes to keep men, including her husband, under her command like an Atha in these sort of films does.
This ego-riddled romance, despite being very familiar, suffers from the same problems of most contemporary love stories like Happy Wedding and Rajugadu. As a love story, we’re never quite invested in the relationship of Chaitanya and Anu. There are a couple of scenes where Chaitanya attempts to get close to Anu, but it doesn’t give one the feeling that he’s madly in love with her.
The romance portion is contrived and one doesn't get the feel of the love. But the story makes up for it with decent comedy. Vennela Kishore is in terrific form and his one-liners elevate the overall mood of the film, especially in the second half where the story shfts to Shailaja Reddy's house.
The film's heart is still in the right place when it comes to the lighter moments. Vennela Kishore as Chari is in an inimitable form in another role as a hero's friend. Watch out for the sequence where he hides himself with a bedsheet from Ramya Krishnan. Prudhvi and Vennela Kishore share infectious on-screen camaraderie.
Murali Sharma is ever-dependable, he's an equal match to Ramya Krishnan in terms of prioritizing self-respect over common sense. A subplot in the film too talks of the importance of wedding rituals, the difference between this and Srinivasa Kalyanam being that the former makes it much more relatable to this generation.
Ramya Krishnan is the real show-stealer as Shailaja Reddy. As a mother-in-law with bloated ego and anger issues, she carries her role with élan and proves once again that she is an all-rounder of an actor. Scenes between her and Chaitanya don’t quite work as they’re meant to, but they still complement each other well. For the kind of introduction Ramya Krishnan is given, one would expect the second half to be quite serious but the makers decided to dilute it with comedy.
There are spurts of serious moments just to elevate Ramya Krishnan's character but they don’t quite help us understand her. Anu Emmanuel, like most heroines of Telugu cinema, hardly gets to do much on the screen other than look pretty even when she’s sleeping at night.
If a film ends well, even the ordinary ones will make an impact on the audience. Sadly, that is not the case with Shailaja Reddy Alludu. Though the film is intended as a tribute to the 1990s Atha-Alludu films, there is no need to stick to the 1990s style of narration and making. The audience expect better things from Maruthi than this.
The music and cinematography are quite ordinary and even the hyped up Any Baby and the title song didn't translate well on the screen. Editing is above average. The production values are good but if the money spent on the props is invested in the story, Shailaja Reddy Alludu would have been an even better film.
On a whole, Shailaja Reddy Alludu is an ordinary entertainer with some strong performances and considerably good number of comedy scenes and a couple of good songs. Rest is not well. The making and the screenplay played spoilsport for the movie. A passable entertainer that can be watched when released in the video-streaming services.
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What to expect from Shailaja Reddy Alludu?
Shailaja reddy Alludu is a pure Maruthi film which seems to have followed the template of one of Nagarjuna's all-time hits, Allari Alludu. Where the film has a shrew to be tamed at the end like this film, Allari Alludu has two heroines while the Ramya Krishnan's domineering portrayal of Sivagami changed the equation in her favor. Titled on her character's name, this movie promises an out and out entertainer.
Shailaja Reddy Alludu is a fun film featuring a flawless hero as promises by the director. Naga Chaitanya’s character Chaitu is good to a fault. He’s patient and well-adjusted to others’ needs. However, those around him, including his father (played by the ever dependable Murli Sharma in a new hairdo and mustache), lady love and mother-in-law, are nothing like him. How he suffers due to the egos of people around him is what the film is all about.
What to expect from Shailaja Reddy Alludu?
Naga Chaitanya mass show
The third generation heir of the Akkineni family nailed loverboy roles but despite his efforts, he failed to gain a footing in the mass arena. But that doesn't mean he is not cut out for such characters, he lacked proper backing from the scripts. Even in his an otherwise flop film, chay won applause for his serious role of a student leader.
Now, in Shailaja Reddy Alludu, he has the backing of a director like Maruthi who had rarely tasted failure and delivered clean entertainers with medium grade heroes in the recent times. Chay's character, if anything to go by the trailer, will have an equal mass orientation apart from romantic and comic angles. He seems to have nailed the looks for the part.
Ramya Krishnan is a powerhouse of an actress s she has proved numerous times. She is playing a powerful but lighthearted role in Shailaja Reddy Alludu where, in the household, she rules the roost. Her presence and comic timing are going to be a big asset for the film. Yes. Ramya Krishnan has a knack for comedy as was evidenced by her role decades ago in Hello Brother. It will be a treat for her fans and Chay's fans when she loggerheads with him on the screen.
Good supporting cast
Vennela Kishore as Chari, Murli Sharma as Naga Chaitanya's father, and Naresh as Shailaja Reddy's husband. All three are gems when it comes to comedy, and both the senior actors have several combinations in recent times starting from Maruthi's Bhale Bhale Magaadivoy. With such a cast in supporting roles, Shailaja Reddy Alludu promises a laughter fest apart from mass entertaining scenes.
Music and cinematography
The song Anu Baby is already a hit among the audience. Apart from this, Gopi Sunder generally scores good music for Maruthi films. Apart from this, recent Maruthi films are colorful with pleasant cinematography and clean framing. This can be expected from Shailaja Reddy Alludu too. Sithara Entertainments already delivered a well packaged and well-produced film as we know.
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