After watching Ammaye Navvithe, the more masochistic among us might just wonder
what a sequel to this might be like. Strictly adhering to Murphy's as yet unstated
law that things that are regressing will accelerate further in that direction,
we, the original masochists, have the following conclusions:
- The film will be set in the period when thought still wasn't discovered and
the only thing that differentiated man from other mammals was that he didn't
lick his children.
- The discerning minds will however figure out that this is in reality after
2001AD because Rajendra Prasad will look wider than in the original film.
- The heroine will be married and have kids because the original film ended
- Some experiences from the original film's release will cause the reverse
of the ticket to contain fine print stating that "entertainment tax" was named
thus by the government and not by the producer, and that since the incidents
of the last release, the latter has hired a posse of real mean-looking ex-commandos
- People aged above 5 will be entitled to a special senior citizens' discount
of 90%, so they may feel motivated to accompany the core target audience.
We invite our readers who have been blessed enough to catch this flick to contribute
more to this exercise in clairvoyance and enrich this page. But the others need
not feel disheartened - just read the rest, and we'll try to recreate the experience
of watching the film for you. And you'll wish you'd stuck to feeling disheartened
and left right here.
Ammaye Navvithe is the tale of Sundaram (played jointly by Rajendra Prasad and
some fat), a man who is still looking for a job at an age when most government
employees have already made their thirty-fifth million. He comes to the village
of Talamanchi, ruled by Seshadri Naidu (Ranganath), a feudal-era chieftain whose
brain was brewed in the same cauldron as that of Mullah Omar and his tribe.
There's a Hindi lecturer post vacant in the college there, and Sundaram wants
Naidu is a glorified ruffian, and his protectiveness towards women actually makes
it seem like a vice. He banishes people from the village for helping young lovers
unite, makes college students start with an oath everyday that all women are their
sisters, pronounces the death sentence on men who attempt to outrage women, and
generally makes himself look like he was molested as a kid.
Sundaram gets the job by some clever manipulation (clever, that is, if the most
thought-provoking piece of writing you've ever come across is twinkle twinkle
little star), and then does the unthinkable - he starts wooing Sireesha (Bhuvana),
the daughter of Naidu. The girl has about as much intelligence as you would require
to go along with a 35-24-35 body, and you could put her to sleep by telling her
the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Whoever woos her deserves her, and
you lose your last shred of sympathy for Sundaram.
Of course, Naidu finds out Sundaram's designs, and issues him an ultimatum in
true Telugu film style that if in 15 days he cannot get Sireesha to say that
she loves him, he'll be dead.
The first thing that strikes you about this film is how a man who ruled the
comedy genre of Telugu cinema for over a decade has been reduced to doing shoe-string
budget films that can't even afford script and dialogue writers, forget glitzy
and colorful presentation. He needs to get rid of about 20 kilograms, and that's
for starters. After that, we really don't know.
Bhuvana is made to look dumb, and so it would be unfair to comment on her potential,
but whoever thought her smile deserves a film must be an interesting subject
for psychology students and all the world's conmen. L B Sriram, Brahmanandam
and M S Narayana all have roles that suck, and only Jayasudha manages to get
out gracefully in a guest appearance.
You'd be doing this film a favor if you watch it even on TV, which, we guess,
should be pretty soon.