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Shambo Shiva Shambo
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
4.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
10.0
4.0
8.5
8.5
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
The real star of Sambho Siva Sambho is the set of exemplary performances by Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh, Priyamani, Siva Balaji, Sunil, and the sundry others who probably wait ages for these kinds of films in order to stretch their acting muscles to the point of perfection.

Sambho Siva Sambho, the film, however, begs to disagree. Putting pain on the centre stage, it parades it around like a trophy, decking it up with shock and anger. Pushing every other factor, every other sentiment, backstage.

It's all the more of a letdown because its first half outdoes with chutzpah and by miles, a lot of things you've seen of late. Karunakar (Ravi Teja), Malli (Allari Naresh) and Chandu (Siva Balaji) are thick friends from different sections of society, who are each on the threshold of starting bright new phases in their respective lives. Priyamani plays the love interest of the first, and Abhinaya, that of the last.

When Karunakar's friend Santosh walks into the scene with a piteous story of love torn apart by malevolent politician parents (Roja plays the mother of the boy, and Mukesh Rishi, the girl's dad), the three buddies actually risk their own lives to bring them together. The rest of the movie is about the repercussions of those supreme sacrifices these men end up making.

And while the first half builds up to a perfect crescendo, behaving like an adventure thriller done up classily, the second half is like watching an open wound go septic. The first half has thrills and plenty of understated but effective wit - thanks to Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh and Sunil. There's neither of these in the second - instead, there's intense physical pain, unwarranted death, heart-break, opportunities lost... the works.

Sambho Siva Sambho is pretty much a movie all decked up for the awards - the heavy theme, the slow and laborious building up of scenes, the tangential moods during the scenes. Surprisingly, the drama isn't that subtle, and gets high-pitched and intense. As the resentment quotient in the story grows, you actually have each actor screaming in agony/anger for prolonged periods of time.

For the actors, Sambho... is all meat, indeed set to shine on their already rich CVs. Ravi Teja is a dynamo as always, Allari Naresh is all set to glitter at the award functions, and Siva Balaji is pleasant to be around. Sunil is as vibrant as usual. Priyamani's minimal make-up and charged-up screen presence is an asset, but she's not around in the second half. The character artistes - Tanikella, Ahuti, Chandramohan and the rest, even Roja - are wonderful to watch. It's surprising to see so much comic potential wasted, though.

There's a lot of realism that the camera captures - and not necessarily in an arty way. Rajamundry and Kurnool are the key locations of the movie, and settings are authentic and pleasing, literally assisting in the story-telling. The cinematography and technical values are among the movie's strengths.

The music has plenty of intensity and depth, and the songs are soulful. The first song, set in a festive mela at Rajahmundry, gives away the Tamil influence. The effort looks inspired from Rahman, though.

No picnic, this. If you want to, watch it after the festival is done with, and don't take kids or your date along.
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  • Cast
    Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh, Siva Balaji, Sunil, Priyamani, Abhinaya, Ahuti Prasad, Mukesh Rishi, Roja, Chandramohan, Tanikella Bharani, Rao Ramesh, Krishna Bhagawan
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    Samudhirakani
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
Abhinav on 18th Jan 2010, 1:00am | Permalink
I recommend this to the current youth and its parents! This is coming from a perfectly healthy 22 year old student!
It may not appeal to everyone but it will appeal to all who want to watch a movie of substance rather than all the boring, mediocre, run of the mill movies going around nowadays!
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gopalav5 on 23rd Jan 2010, 8:06pm | Permalink
I really regret those audience who cannot follow Tamil. This remake of the tamil Film NADODIGAL is a classic example of the Hindi Proverb APNE PAIR PE APNE AAP KHULADI MAARNA vaguely meaning To cut the branch of the tree on which you are sitting. Samuthrakani, I should say made a horrible remake of his own Tamil Classic. I cant figure out what went wrong in this remake, may be the entire star cast (except for Naresh- little bit impressive ) which was full of known and established actors wherein in Tamil, the entire starcast were Newcomers who did a splendid job. Was very disappointed.

Pros: The script and the Narration
Cons: I will blame it on the Starcast
RATING
5
Abhinav on 18th Jan 2010, 1:00am | Permalink
I recommend this to the current youth and its parents! This is coming from a perfectly healthy 22 year old student!
It may not appeal to everyone but it will appeal to all who want to watch a movie of substance rather than all the boring, mediocre, run of the mill movies going around nowadays!
THUMBS UP!
RATING
9
xlncaditya on 18th Jan 2010, 12:16am | Permalink
Shambo Siva Shambo goes on a untreaded and different path and there lies its problem... It has a great concept but its narration and screenplay falter.

It is slow, lethargic and lazy. Everything goes around at its own pace. And some of the scenes are too gory and violent for family audiences.

Allari Naresh steals the show from Ravi Teja and of the three Siva Balaji delivers the least. The Music though is amazing especially the background score and sound editing.

Priyamani is wasted and so are the other character artistes especially Sunil and Krishna Bhagwan, in fact we don't even understand Krishna Bhagwan's character or his involvement with the story/plot.

If you are a fan of slow movies with good concepts or like to watch good performances than just sheer entertainment go for it.

Pros: Performances by Ravi Teja and Allari Naresh, Concept, Background score.
Cons: Slow paced, has no entertainment quotient and has boring first half hours at the start and after the interval.
RATING
5
ziaulhaq on 17th Jan 2010, 8:16am | Permalink
Mindblowing.... Beautifull screenplay....b'fore intervel that 15 minits with out dialog rocket speed....i saw 2times. The story was very diffrent angle in friendship. Totaly the movie is 1000% perfect in all ways like direction...making...scre enply...acting...music... editing...etc...Nice film, Everyone should watch this film. Shambo Siva Shambo is not only for entertaining but unreal lovers they teaching the lesson.
dont miss it. my rating is 4.5/5
SUNEEL on 16th Jan 2010, 12:30am | Permalink
"EXCELLENT" is the apt word to describe this beautiful movie...it's expecting unexpected through it the movie which sustains the intrest of audience...

RAVI TEJA: he punvieled the talent of under playing his role deviating away from his image of comedy..

ALLARI NARESH: he is the perfect example of a versatile actor...he is a power house of action....his expressions in the scene when his hearing gets impaired was mind blowing...he is a boon to telugu industry and thanks to e.v.v for giving this rare gem to tolly wood.

PRIYAMANI: she proved once again that she has the meattle to bag national award once again.

I do agree that this movie may not appeal to all sections but it is a brilliant movie.

Pros: THUNDERING PERFOMANCE OF THE LEADING CAST
Cons: TAMIL FLAVOUR
RATING
9
ziaulhaq on 15th Jan 2010, 10:22am | Permalink
Shambo Shiva Shambo movie is excellent.ravi teja and naresh acting is super.Movie of the year
raviteja4u on 14th Jan 2010, 5:10pm | Permalink
movie was fantastic
1st half was terrific

esp interval block was top class

performances,emotions,comedy,taking,bg score are the highlights.

allari naresh for sure will bag best supporting actor and rt best hero award again after neninthe
a must watch for all telugu movie lovers

Pros: raviteja,naresh, all characters PERFORMANCES,taking,story,gripping story telling,bg score,interval block was terrific,evry telugu movie lover must watch this flick
Cons: 2nd half 1st 15-20 min
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