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Seema Sastry Review

Seema Sastry
Ravi Mundoli / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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
You know your life is slipping into the Cosmic Void when you realize that you've watched all of Allari Naresh's last 4 outings. Your friends who learn about this start giving you pitying looks and sympathetic tsk-tsks, as though you'd just revealed to them that your puppy Bunty was terminally ill.

Not that there's anything wrong with Naresh's movies (or with Bunty) - they're usually mostly harmless fun. It's just that when "Allari Naresh movies" becomes a core competency in your skill set, there's a tendency to let your shoulders sag, emit a soulful sigh, and tell the world, "This is what I've become. Do your worst, and see if I care."

So it was with a not inconsiderable amount of trepidation that we walked into Seema Sastry. Our guesstimate was that it would be one half tacky comedy and the other half blood curdling violence, with a few dollops of skin thrown in. Little did we know that we were in for a (largely pleasant) surprise.

Subramania Sastry (Naresh) is a young Brahmin priest, the son of Sankara Sastry (L B Sriram) and Kovai Sarala, cousin of Lambodara Sastry (Ali), and nephew of Ravi Shastri (M S Narayana) - and by the way, we are kidding about that uncle's name. The men-folk are all priests, and the father is sort of orthodox, in the manner of his namesake from Sankarabharanam.

Subramaniam collides (because this is naturally how boys meet girls nowadays) with Surekha (Farzana) and promptly falls on her and for her. After a number of intentionally and unintentionally funny and unfunny events, she starts having feelings. This basically goes to show that she does in fact have a functioning central nervous system.

The haddi in the kabaab is a Reddy in Rayalaseema. Surekha's father Peddi Reddy (Jayaprakash Reddy) is the sort of villain you would imagine if you had a nightmare with a pauranic look and feel.

This dark, bewhiskered, megalith of a man is a true son of Seema, and when he and his henchmen are not hacking hapless humans to pieces (and giving us the opportunity to indulge in ridiculous alliteration), he's on the lookout for a son-in-law with a similar résumé.

The tableau is set. In the right corner, you have the sloka-chanting, akshinthalu-throwing, pure vegetarian Brahmin father of the boy. In the left corner, you have the knife-wielding, thigh-slapping, pure nonvegetarian Reddy father of the girl. Shall the twain ever meet?

The second half of Seema Sastry is where the filmmakers get really inventive, and involves the entire pujari family joining Subramaniam in Seema in his bid to woo over Peddi Reddy, by pretending to be a Reddier-than-thou family seeking Surekha's hand. They are helped by Peddi Reddy's priest (Brahmanandam) who gives them crash courses to get them Reddy, and are viewed with increasing suspicion by Peddi Reddy's delightfully deadpan nephew (Krishna Bhagawan).

Even if take-offs on Seema films are old hat, this one is refreshingly different, conceptually. The whole idea of a bunch of pious priests trying to pass off as rambunctious landowners has the potential for extracting several funny moments, and G. Nageswara Reddy doesn't miss too many. There are lots of laughs, a little melodrama, and almost no gore.

Seema Sastry seems to have been made with a budget that acted as a ball and chain and kept the locations strictly between Film Nagar and Film City, except for one song that is shot in Thailand. It is reasonable to assume that for that song, the hero, heroine and the cameraman swam across the Bay of Bengal, carrying an audio cassette of the soundtrack with them.

The acting is what you've come to expect from these veterans of Telugu comedy, and the above average dialogues help. Case in point is a scene where Sankara Sastry interrupts someone by shouting "Sarada!!!" which can have you in splits if you know what we're talking about. There are a number of songs (maybe one too many), all curiously similar but high tempo and actually decent, and an item number, that is now mandatory as per Government of India regulations.

The only accusations that can be leveled are that not all the jokes work, and there are some fairly insipid moments; and that it uses a very stereotypical depiction of Brahmins and Reddys to coax its laughs. But it all ends well, with both the adamant fathers undergoing changes of heart, and that's as nice a message as you can get nowadays.

Although Seema Sastry isn't the funniest movie ever made, it is worth a trip to the box office if you're in the mood for some lightweight timepass.
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  • Cast
    'Allari' Naresh, Farzana, Ali, Jayaprakash Reddy, M S Narayana, L B Sriram, Brahmanandam, Kovai Sarala, Dharmavarapu Subramaniam, Raghubabu, Krishna Bhagawan, Venu Madhav
  • Music
    Vandemataram Srinivas
  • Director
    G. Nageswara Reddy
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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its_vinay on 31st Jul 2008, 11:46pm | Permalink
Hey this is just a time pass movie..simple story with out logic..Allari naresh timing comedy is good,heroine also hot,some songs are richly picturised and they are good also.
You feel its a very good movie if you watch in your system...but for theatres its an avg movie......njoy..
Sandeep on 11th Dec 2007, 11:01pm | Permalink
This movie is really cool....nice "timepass" movie. good comedy too....its ideal for a stress relief!!!
RATING
10
Reviewer's Reviewer on 9th Dec 2007, 12:42pm | Permalink
Ravi, ur review gave me good laughs today. Request-Only u review telugu movies from now on. Only u.
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10
Anand Raj on 21st Nov 2007, 8:48pm | Permalink
Orey Brahmi...naaku teelika aduguthanu, neeku english vachcha ani...aha asalu vachcha anta..neeku english rakapothe reviewer enkura tidathav...paiga bodi salaha okati GRE antu....
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2
Bramhi -software Engineer on 21st Nov 2007, 7:34pm | Permalink
naaku telika aduguthanu..idi asalu review aa..aha review aa anta..movie review raayi ra nayana ante occhina english antha raasesadu..cinema gurinchi thakkuva xtra lu ekkuva..kaani okka vishayam matram ardhamayindi..GRE ki prepare ayye vallu ilanti review lu chadivithe manchidi.
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2
Kris Ray on 21st Nov 2007, 5:12pm | Permalink
Wow.... Ha Ha Ha... LOL...
The haddi in the kabaab is a Reddy in Rayalaseema...
and when he and his henchmen are not hacking hapless humans to pieces he's on the lookout for a son-in-law with a similar résumé..
Reddier-than-thou...
gives them crash courses to get them Reddy...

the review is hilarious...
the five stars are for the review
and also for the movie which is a perfect spoof of all Seema-Reddy gory movies.
RATING
10
B L on 20th Nov 2007, 3:34am | Permalink
Good one kiddo.Review rocked.
RATING
10
S S on 19th Nov 2007, 1:23pm | Permalink
* for the review. Seriously, get your act together. Its all forced/attempts at humor now in the reviews.
RATING
2
Die Hard-5 on 18th Nov 2007, 11:29pm | Permalink
Then what is "we at fullhyd.com take care to be equal opportunity offenders in matters involving priests and ex-cricketers"?. Like Anand am also perplexed.
RATING
6
Anand Raj on 18th Nov 2007, 12:23pm | Permalink
"When allari naresh's movies become core competency in your skill set etc., etc.,"...what does that mean? Would you please clarify yourself? I didn't understand it at all...
RATING
2
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