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Santhosham
Kiran Nadella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
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
Santosham is a movie filled with good music, sunny romance and snappy one-liners. People may either love it or hate it. True, the film is not for everyone - or is it so? However, it is bold in what it tries to do.

The story, though stereotypical, is sautéed stylistically with the aid of the device of 21st century songs ranging from pop to rock, and it pulls off what it set out to achieve. A "modern romantic musical". If you can put aside your feelings of misgivings regarding the sidekicks, there is much that is entertaining in this film.

The opening of Santosham is an extraordinarily ordinary melodrama, but gradually it amalgamates into a gut wrenching, beautifully filmed drama. The film starts with a Murari type family in Venkatapalem, which has been bereaved by the death of Padmavati aka Paddu (Gracy Singh). It then traces her story.

Paddu sets off to Ooty to attend an IT seminar. There in Ooty, with due encouragement from her cutie sister Bhanu (Sreya), Paddu falls in love with Kartik (Nagarjuna), a top software architect. When her father Ramachandraiah (Viswanath) refuses to accept their marriage, Paddu elopes with Kartik and gets married to him.

After the marriage she tries to get back to her family, but she is despised by her father for absconding. Some time later, Paddu and Kartik move to New Zealand and are blessed with a baby boy (Lucky). Then Paddu dies in a nasty car accident, and perhaps this is what gives the gossamer material the whiff of welcome melancholy. End flash back.

The film, which seemed almost stagnant till now, picks up pace gradually, and depicts love blossoming between Kartik and Sreya, and how they get married. Elaborating further would definitely spoil the fun, so The End.

Directed with breezy panache by Dasaradha, the movie captures the sights, sounds and spirit of a good romantic musical. With a rollicking energy, Dasaradha keeps the film's momentum going at top speed for its last one hour. His timing of songs is spot on.

Nag is as usual at his best in the "smiles" department, and is dressed to the nines throughout the movie. Sreya turns a roly-poly sidekick into a warm, lovable and strong supporting character. There is excellent onscreen chemistry between Nag and Sreya. Gracy Singh's facade in the movie is a catastrophe, though. Prabhu Deva's action is decent, and his dance in the "Mehbooba" song is noteworthy.

The voice of Usha and the scores by veteran R P Patnaik will make you cry, smile and sigh. It will make you want to sing, to be in the sun, to fly. The movie is a musical shooting star - it returns you to your better self. Slip the audio CD in, turn up the volume and have a blast!

The film is instantly accessible to everyone from the raucous groundlings looking for low comedy to the aesthetes hankering for some intellectual bite behind their entertainment. I have watched it several (three) times and have definitely gotten my money's worth of this movie. All in all, I recommend this movie to people who enjoy musical/romantic movies and to Nag fans.
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Santhosham (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Nagarjuna, Gracy Singh, Shriya, Prabhudeva, Sunil, Brahmanandam
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    Dasaradha
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Aparajita Chattejee on 3rd Apr 2015, 7:40pm | Permalink
Movie was excellent & nagarjuna is awesome but one thing by which am disappointed is everyone forgot "paddu" ( gracy singh) after her death even her love, cousin everyone :(
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Paddu on 24th Jan 2006, 12:24pm | Permalink
very nice
RATING
10
Bala Sankar on 14th Oct 2002, 5:02am | Permalink
This is the worst movie I have never seen!
RATING
8
Ashok Kumar on 8th Oct 2002, 1:11pm | Permalink
In this film the songs are very good, especially 'Nee tholi sariga kala kannadhadi neni khada'. I love the film very much for this song - I saw it 4 times! And Brahmanandam's comedy with Nagarjuna is very nice. The heroine Bhanu is looks very nice, and has acted very well. The little play Gracy Singh acting and her performance is really good. Hero Nagarjuna's too. He looks very smart, and the himsa raju character is funny.
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10
Sunil Kumar on 17th Sep 2002, 4:55pm | Permalink
the movies is super,thenagarjuna looks so smart and no one in telugu industry can croos him
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10
Ajay Varma K on 30th Aug 2002, 2:23pm | Permalink
The best,clean family entertiner after a long time in Telugu Industry. Its reallly a very good comeback for Nag and Sreya "the most beautiful thing i have ever seen". Overall full credit goes to R.P and Dasaradh.
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10
Srinivas M on 29th Aug 2002, 11:53am | Permalink
santosham is a very good move
RATING
10
Srinivas Anisetty on 9th Aug 2002, 7:57pm | Permalink
The movie is touching. Songs are excellent. Great piece of direction & acting
RATING
8
Krishna R on 25th Jul 2002, 6:40pm | Permalink
it is really superb accepted by full andhra with record collections.
RATING
10
Santha Raju on 20th Jul 2002, 4:35pm | Permalink
good
RATING
6
Venu Gopal on 27th Jun 2002, 1:35pm | Permalink
A Wonderfull treat to watch much see movie for all young middle and old.
RATING
10
SANKAR RAJU on 21st Jun 2002, 2:29am | Permalink
Its a wonder full movie, excellent performance by nag, good music by RP. Definately this movie can run more than 200 days
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10
Aryan Rajesh on 19th Jun 2002, 1:19pm | Permalink
i have seen santhosham movie 5 times and its a wonderfull movie .
Nag is simply superb with is action and his style. Shreya is the anothere sensation in this moivie. Its a treat to watch. I have seen such a nice movie after along time in telugu.
RATING
10
Rama Krishnamungalla on 17th Jun 2002, 2:52pm | Permalink
The picture is quite good,its really good team work done by the production and its members.
RATING
8
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