Can a boy and a girl be just the best of friends? If your reply is, "Sure,
and I can walk on water," then perhaps this isn't going to be the best way
for you to spend 2 hours. The reply to that question has always been ambiguous.
It is politically correct to say that yes, they can be. (About as politically
correct to say that you can indeed walk on water, you just need the faith, right?
Look, we're saying the movie isn't for you.)
But our protagonist is an innocent young guy who doesn't understand too much of
the politics of expression. And he (unknowingly, of course) agrees with the evil
man in Maine Pyaar Kiya
who avers that Ek ladka aur ek ladki kabhi dost
nahin ho sakte hain, Prem
. So when the lady of his life says that she's always
seen him only as her best friend, it's all he can do to not go trying a walk on
There is nothing particularly new about Rave! Naa Cheliyaa! It has the same old college pranks, the same old longing for the beautiful girl in the college and the same old falling in love. The guy thinks that she is in love with him and only with him. And when the situation turns otherwise, he refuses to take it in his stride and starts hankering for the sympathy of the girl. That's the theme, the spine, the style and the spirit of Rave! Naa Cheliyaa!
Like all youthful dramas, Rave... too unfolds with the mindless antics of Shekhar (Sai Kiran) and his gang in the college. When Shekhar is established as the prankster par excellence, who should arrive but new classmate Sujata (Rinku Ghosh). Like always, the heroine is a newcomer to the college.
Saving her from one of his friend's antics, Shekhar steals her heart and they
become the best of friends. The friendship knows no barriers and she keeps bragging
about it to her parents and her friends. And he becomes the subject of their common
talk. A lot of events take place after they meet by which time she comes to know
that Shekhar has even risked his life to make her happy. And this brings her even
closer to him.
But surprise! She doesn't fall in love with him, and neither does she have any
such inclination. She has decided already to marry Raghuveer (Prudhvi), and when
she tells him (Shekhar) that, he is shocked. However, he doesn't make any attempt
to forget her. Nor does he want to. And he harbors intentions of marrying her
at any cost.
The central theme of the story should already be familiar to you if you are a
regular filmgoer - it is the theme of the super successful Chirunavvuto
So this one looks like a straight lift. There is nothing to boast about the treatment,
either. After his famous debut in Nuvve
where he dons a soft role, Sai Kiran matures into a noisy kind of
guy in this film. And he just about manages to fit the role. Newcomer Rinku Ghosh
doesn't look pretty, but appears promising as far as the acting is concerned.
That's about it - there are no other characters worth mentioning in the film. A couple of songs are good, but they are wasted, thanks to the inept overall handling of the film by novice director Kishore Kumar.