There can be a million comedians, but there is only one Rajendra Prasad. You specifically realise this when he's dancing in this movie. Having said that, his dancing was probably introduced for that itself. Even his wig and paunch, probably. Even the plot. And all the other actors.
Harischandra (Rajendra Prasad) lives in a cinematic middleclass crisis, with a modest salary, a pesky son and an overweight wife (Raasi). But those are not the only tensions that his mind (somewhere under that wig) has to accommodate. He has other issues going on, like lending originality to his character that's exactly like Jagapathi Babu's in Shubhalagnam. Being the actor that he is, he does a good job of it, and that's when things go wrong.
They ask him to play another battered cliché. Having the name Harishchandra, he finds himself lying unabashedly. That's because a Swamiji tells his greedy wife that if they lie consistently, they'll end up with a daughter. And they need a daughter, as the wife's big bro promises to deposit one crore on her name.
One crore is a lot. Especially if it's money we're talking about. Raasi doesn't want to pass up on this opportunity to make some money. Because in all probability, that's the only money the movie will ever make. Anyway, she forces Harishchandra to start lying.
And because of this, he ends up marrying another woman (Gurlin Chopra). Harishchandra owes money to his friend (Jeeva), and when he offers his sister's hand, Harishchandra's not able to refuse.
Even you wouldn't refuse if the girl is a Punjabi bomb. That's not because Punjabi women are hot, but because Punjabi bombs kill well. If Raasi was your wife, all you'd want to do is explode pleasurably to hell.
Raasi is so virtuous. So after this second wife walks in, Raasi becomes the maid servant. She's introduced as a single mother, a relative of Harischandra. But one day, the 2nd wife finds out that Raasi is pregnant.
This greatly confuses her. How can this happen to a single woman? It confuses us even more. The way Raasi's abdomen was in the songs, we assumed that she was carrying from the beginning of the movie itself. Now we know. Moreover, that logic has holes. That way, even Rajendra Prasad must be carrying!
And he does carry. Not a baby, but the whole movie, on his aging shoulders. He remains great during the lighter moments as well as during the pseudo emotional scenes. In the end, all the three of them live happily with their respective babies.
The first half of the movie, though irritatingly reminding us of Shubalagnam, is fairly interesting, and earns it a decent rating, thanks to the Rajendra Prasad's humor timing. No clever dialogues - just his timing keeps it going here. The second half is overwhelmingly emotional. A lot more humor here that wasn't meant to be funny. A lot of crude attempts at humor, though.
In all, apart from Rajendra Prasad, this one's strictly for the people who like such kind of movies. Whatever kind this is.