Nag's bag of flicks churns up another one this time in the form of Snehamante Idera. With a cast like that, you know that the moments of sheer absurdity will translate into the box office jingle that Nag is fervently hoping will bring home his jangle of good run at the theaters.
Putting the phrase 'all for one and one for all' to good use, Arvind (Nagarjuna), Chandru (Sumant) and Keemu (Sudhakar) are bumchums inhabiting Narsapur. One day, taking time out of his bucolic shenanigans, Chandru (Sumant) tells his pal Keemu that Aravind's sister is falling in love with him, and asks him to get him out of the mess. So Keemu puts out to air a dumb plan that goes haywire, and soon all the three boys are fleeing for their lives and come to Hyderabad.
Here they begin to work under Brahmanandam as his apprentices at a paint shop.
During a painting trip, Arvind encounters Padmini (post-Kushi
Bhumika). Needless to say, he falls in love with her. But also in Bhumika's vicinity
is a mysterious poltergeistic cousin sister who, with the help of some pigeon
courier service, begins to carpet-bomb Arvind with lovey-dovey messages.
Arvind thinks these are from Padmini, and the day when the poor girl is about to get engaged to some poor goat, Chandru jumps the gun and confronts her. Now we know and the evil cousin knows that Padmini did not write the notes, but Padmini doesn't. So she's struck with a spoon on her mouth and is dumbfounded when her engagement breaks off.
Hell hath no fury like a would be fiancée scorned, so she vows to break off the Three Musketeers sort of friendship of the guys. This is the first half. The second is meant for viewing strictly in the theater.
Going by the loud guffaws in the theater during the comic scenes, I have a vague feeling this one's going to go down pretty well with the masses. The comedy is mostly banana peel, mega-decibel shrieking stuff, yet it does get funny in a dumb corny way.
The comic scenes totally kill Nag's performance. You are too busy dealing with the humor to notice him at times. And his fans may be disappointed at his haggardly face. But he does a decent deal when Sumant is not shrieking and Brahmanandam is not playing the clown. Bhumika fans have to wait until about an hour into the film to catch a glimpse of her. She's slimmed down and has finally realized the advantages of wearing makeup. She looks more like a heroine in this flick. Hallelujah!
The songs are okay, but nothing to scribble on a telegram and send home. In sum,
the film is all right, but I wouldn't advise you to kill for the tickets. You
might be entertained in the first half, but man oh man, the second butchers the
flick! It gets cornier by the second - yeah, Nag in a coma and... heck, I ain't
telling you nothing else. Buy your own ticket and repent.