A woman in hand is worth two in the heart - or anywhere else, for that matter
- is Chandu's motto. And you gotta give it to him, the women are worth a handful
(we could say more on this, but raving about women for more than 2 sentences
isn't among the 7 habits of highly effective reviewers - and anyway, you get
the point). Only, life can't go along like that, can it? Hence Prematho Raa.
First things first. When a movie starts 10 minutes early on the second
day of its showing, you begin to wonder if there isn't something amiss. And
your fears would be validated in the first half an hour of 'Prematho Raa' itself
- the initial part of the movie is the very definition of predictability. So
we can only figure that the sympathetic dude in the projector room probably
decided to start with what's new!
Chandu (Venkatesh) is the younger son of a rich family, and he's quite a promiscuous
playboy. Needless to say the family is worried about his future, but an astrologer
predicts a change in him that will be brought about by, yes, a girl. And in
the next scene, the amazingly sensuous Geeta (Simran) makes her entrance. Isn't
it all path-breakingly refreshing so far?
Chandu woos her in an admittedly novel way, and this even makes for some laughs.
As is his wont, he has his fun and leaves her in the lurch. Now comes twist
number one (there are many more to come) - Chandu's elder brother Vijay is getting
married to his (Vijay's) love. And this lady stops the wedding at the 11th hour
by telling the family how Chandu cheated her sister, Geeta. Beep beep beep...
The only way Chandu can get his beloved brother married is to convince Geeta
that he's become a totally changed man. The rest of the movie is taken up by
this exercise - pointless or not. The climax itself is at times believable and
at others practically laughable. Especially the scene where Simran is running
along Tank Bund (in the wrong direction, I might add) trying to stop Chandu
at the airport.
The first three songs are brilliant in almost every way - choreography, locales,
music and even relevance to the story line, an almost extinct species in today's
movies. After that the whole song-and-dance routine just falls to pieces. Someone
please tell the director that just putting a bevy of babes into every song will
not add class to it.
The comedy track is quite funny, and never does the hamming get too much. The
girls in the songs and partly in the storyline are gorgeous - and never does
the director miss an opportunity to showcase where the ladies' real talents
This is a good movie for 3 hours of total time pass.