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Daddy
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
8.0
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
It's that time of the year again when you pay your respects to the champion of charm, the Zeus of acting and the demigod of dance - cherubic Chiru. The actor who adds a whole new dimension to the words 'act' and 'dance' hits the silver screen with a vengeance in the form of his latest release Daddy. The silver whistles were polished to a high sheen as the whole theater went berserk with his every move, with every dialogue that he thrashed out. So what are you looking at? Genuflect, show some respect, down on 'em knees.

If you aren't a fan, chances are you'll be initiated into the Chiru Club around the corner by the time you go home after watching this film. Superb performances by the cast, some fun choreography and brilliant direction make Daddy my nominee for all the award functions.

The film tells the tale of Raja (who else?), a nice guy born with a golden spoon bigger than the Vizag Steel Plant. Part time choreographer and full time philanthropist, Raja believes in lending a helping hand at most places where his money is needed. During the course of the next 15 minutes of film, he falls in love with and marries the svelte Shanti (Simran). The sorts who win 'Best Couple Competitions', they lead a happy life, and in due course the stork deposits a cute kid Akshaya at their doorstep.

It's a life straight out of a fairy tale, but happiness is short-lived as the family loses its fortune in the hands of an evil betrayal by a guy who was once Raja's friend. Now impecunious, they manage with what little they have.

Luck, not quite being a lady, strikes another deadly blow, and little Akshaya dies. The family is split as Shanti holds Raja to blame. What ensues forms the rest of this beautifully told tale as it follows the trials and tribulations of Chiru as he struggles to bear the onus of his guilt.

The film stuns you with its visuals and high production values. A lot of time and effort has surely gone into making the whole look of the film, which is quite elegant all through, and, at most times, classy. The songs are easy on the ears, and the first number 'Lucky Lucky' has choreography to put Dil To Pagal Hai to shame. Culture classes come in the form of most of the songs being shot in Europe.

The last Chiru film I saw was way back in 1990, and I am amazed at how he hasn't aged a bit! New find Ashima Bhalla with her idly-sambar / Pooja Batra - Shilpa Shetty combo looks will surely find a place in Telugu cinema due to her leggy lineage. The kid Akshaya is cute, and manages to do a decent job with her acting.

Rajendra Prasad and Kota Srinivas Rao are the surprise winners of the lucky draw as both put up subdued yet good performances. The subtle nuances in the direction make the film easy to relate to, and in the death scene, pathos is evoked through subtlety rather than by shrouding one in black and then placing them in a desert filled with skulls.

Chiranjeevi is absolutely fab. He dances like popcorn on hot fire, and neither of the two heroines can hold a candle to his dancing shoes. His nifty moves make Michael Flately look like the Dunce of the Dance, as he gyrates, hops and wriggles like there's no tomorrow. Simran scores a C+ on her dancing talent, but gets straight As for her acting and looks.

There isn't a dull moment in the film as you watch the show amidst catcalls and hoots of admiration. A film that feels no need for energy supplements, it chugs confidently on the strengths of a strong script and direction. Through the chaos you can almost hear the makers of the film cackle all the way to the bank.

And before I forget, this is one movie you can take your octogenarian Gramps to, and not fear for relapses of old and unwanted diseases. A winner all the way, Chiru seems to be proclaiming 'Veni, Vedi, Vici' at the end of the movie, and somehow, for once, I am at a loss for words.

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  • Cast
    Chiranjeevi, Simran, Ashima Bhalla, Baby Akshaya, Rajendra Prasad, Sarath Babu, Kota Srinivasa Rao
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    Suresh Krishna
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Chetu on 22nd Jun 2002, 12:15pm | Permalink
Ultimate Entertainer.
RATING
10
Siddarth on 22nd Jun 2002, 12:14pm | Permalink
Simply Superb.
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10
Chandu on 3rd Apr 2002, 7:07pm | Permalink
It is excelent
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10
Raj on 16th Jan 2002, 4:11pm | Permalink
Chiru the one and only megastar.... One of the best movie i have seen. Hats off buddy.. Keep it up. A complete family entertainer.
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10
Ragu on 8th Jan 2002, 5:35am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,3 more days to drag
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2
Ragu on 8th Jan 2002, 5:34am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,4 more days to drag
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2
Ragu on 5th Jan 2002, 12:03am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,6 more days to drag
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2
Ragu on 4th Jan 2002, 5:50am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,7 more days to drag
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2
Ragu on 4th Jan 2002, 12:04am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,8 more days to drag
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2
Ragu on 3rd Jan 2002, 12:52am | Permalink
countdown started for draging to 100days,9 more days to drag
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2
Kumar on 29th Dec 2001, 6:35am | Permalink
Decent movie, may not be blockbuster
RATING
8
Raj on 28th Dec 2001, 7:37am | Permalink
Another 14 days to drag this movie for 100 days
RATING
2
Venu on 22nd Dec 2001, 3:45am | Permalink
worest movie
RATING
2
Venu Gopal V on 22nd Dec 2001, 2:59am | Permalink
Hi, I am Venu Gopal writing about this movie review from USA. This is one of the best Chiru's movies I have ever seen. For the critics, please accept that this is a good movie forget about who is acting.
RATING
8
Sri Hari on 19th Dec 2001, 5:07pm | Permalink
happy
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2
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