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Annavaram
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
The most entertaining part of watching Annavaram is the Desamuduru trailer in the interval. Now there is a movie to watch out for. For the benefit of those who came in late, Allu Arjun is one heck of an actor. Then there’s Puri Jagannath as helmer. In a season of disappointments, it appears like a silver lining.

Annavaram appears rather pointless - the first half and the second half are completely disconnected, with no strong binding theme. It almost looks like a decision to change the plot midway as the film was being made. Combine it with poor comedy, no romance and excessive gore, and you have yet another film that just makes up the numbers.

Annavaram (Pavan Kalyan) lives in a village with his sister Varam (Sandhya), who he dotes on. He gets her married to a Hyderabad-based groom (Siva Balaji), and on one visit there with his close friend Narasimha (Venu Madhav), the latter is killed in by a bunch of goons headed by Ganga (Lal), when he tries to save the life of a man they are about to kill in public.

The second half then has Annavaram taking revenge for Narasimha’s death, by wiping out all the goons in Hyderabad single-handedly. Pretty similar to Rakhi that released last week, but Rakhi had a uniform theme. There is also a romance thread with Aishwarya (Asin), which you’ll miss if you are not attentive.

The first half of Annavaram doesn’t have a single fight, and is completely senti - the love of Annavaram for his sister. The second half doesn’t have a single scene with the brother and sister together, and is completely gore - limbs getting chopped off, rivers of blood, 21 deaths in one fight… you get the idea. This is one of the problems - it's not great story-telling, it just looks like 2 formulas for audiences with 2 different kinds of tastes, clearly segregated.

The almost complete lack of mush does its bit, too. All of Pavan Kalyan’s hits have been in films with strong roles for the leading ladies - even if he’s he-man, there’s a vivacious romance with a girl he’s trying to impress. People still remember Khushi as much for Bhumika as for him. This one has purely testestorone in its veins - Asin comes on screen about 30 seconds before every song, and is completely wasted.

Annavaram is not likely to impress the men due to all the senti in the first half with no romance or comedy (whatever jokes are built in are sad, the prime example being Tanikella Bharani in the Police conference room), and the women are likely stay away due to all the violence in the second. Plus, this one clocks 180 minutes.

Pavan Kalyan does what he does. Sandhya as the sister is good - actually everyone else is good, even Telangana Sakuntala in her brief role. Venu Madhav perhaps has a greater acting range than several heroes - he’s quite good, as usual. The songs are all average numbers though the picturization of one with Pavan speaking in Hyderabadi Hindi and Ali in a special appearance is good.

Annavaram is worth a look at if you really need to watch a film - there aren’t too many good ones in Telugu out there this holiday season.
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Annavaram (telugu) reviews
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6.2
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  • Cast
    Pavan Kalyan, Sandhya, Asin, Brahmaji, Siva Balaji, Lal, Venu Madhav, Naga Babu, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghu Babu, Ranganath, Brahmanandam, Sunil, M S Narayana, L B Sriram, Telangana Sakuntala, Monto, Ali, Suman Shetty, Tanikella Bh
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  • Music
    Ramana Gogula
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  • Director
    Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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ANNAVARAM USER REVIEWS
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445 USERS
Performances
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Rajan Chowdary on 12th Feb 2007, 7:10pm | Permalink
bit violence. but nice entertaining movie. can watch easily.
RATING
8
Black Red on 8th Feb 2007, 9:06pm | Permalink
entertaining...
RATING
8
Kiran Konidela on 25th Jan 2007, 1:52pm | Permalink
Baboi.assalu mana heros enduku tamil movies nd directors venakala enduku padatharo teliyatledu.1st half is worst like a gemini tamil dubbing serial.2nd is also bad.Songs are worst in PK's career.
RATING
2
Venkat on 22nd Jan 2007, 12:14pm | Permalink
ok we can watch. POwerstar is looking good.Music is worst,only minuspoint of the film.First musical failure in Pawan career.
RATING
6
Raja on 16th Jan 2007, 3:14pm | Permalink
can watch once.second half is ok but first half is too boring.First Musical flop for pavan.Though the previous projects like Johnny,GudumbaShanker,Balu...went bad their music was too good. but this time.....
RATING
6
Sri Raj on 15th Jan 2007, 4:26pm | Permalink
Excellent
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10
Rajesh Bittu on 12th Jan 2007, 11:11am | Permalink
superb
RATING
10
Red E on 12th Jan 2007, 9:19am | Permalink
I am wondering why there isn't 0 or perhaps a negative integer on the rating list...

Of late, my theory of how many a telugu film is conceived is being repeatedly proved....
It goes like this... A really rich guy who has made lot of money( legally and illegally) gets a thought... He wants to make a movie. He approaches a director, who btw has mastered the art of production line film-making, to make a film for him. The director accepts and starts making one...
And, we are left wondering why isn't there a script in the movie :)

Please avoid watchin it. Its better to spend time staring at a blank wall, you may just get that next big idea :)
RATING
2
Subba Rao on 11th Jan 2007, 5:04pm | Permalink
very good
RATING
10
Nandini Y on 8th Jan 2007, 9:27pm | Permalink
Hey how can u believe a review which gave same ratings (2 star) to sainikudu and annavaram.....sainikuda is not worth to be compared with annavaram....annavaram lacks freshness, but its not brain eating as sainikudu......atleast i dint get bored in annavaram.......i m sure the reviewer is completely biased,,,if sainikudu cud get 2 star, i think Annavaram shud get a 3 star undoubtedly.....so friens forget about the reviews n watch the film, it worth a single watch atleast........
RATING
6
Bala Krishna N on 6th Jan 2007, 6:32pm | Permalink
Absolute review.
Please don't watch the film
RATING
2
Nazeer Nani on 5th Jan 2007, 5:28pm | Permalink
Absolutly good stuff from pawankalyan.good come back by pawan.waiting for some more movies like this.i.e in sentiment and action with lovely music.Nice misic from ramanagogula.i enjoyed it a lot,sister charecter is fine,nice action from sandhya.Very..nice.nice movie to watch.
RATING
6
Truman Burbank on 4th Jan 2007, 11:58pm | Permalink
Arent people sick and tired of this revenge dramas... the same old wine in a new bottle... thats the reason all the movies are performing worser day by day... we guys need to try out something new like Bollywood is doing.... lots of examples
RATING
2
Kumar Sasi on 4th Jan 2007, 7:07pm | Permalink
ne moham la vundi review
RATING
8
UPPU ABHISHEK on 4th Jan 2007, 4:25pm | Permalink
Though the movie is not a great one... definitely a decent one to see for once. I wonder why FH guys only have negative comments on every possible movie!
RATING
6
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