What is Chaala Baagundi, you begin to ask yourself as you come
out of the theater. Is it E V V Satyanarayana's direction? Is it the revenge
that the heroine seeks on Naveen? Is it the phenomenal friendship against all
odds that Srikant has for Naveen? Or is it L B Sriram in the role of a memory
If the title has anything to do with the film, it can only be the last part.
L B Sriram steals your heart with his innocent and reckless rustic talk with
his owner Chalapati Rao. And later, with the same rustic innocence, manages
to confuse everyone in the city when he goes searching for the address of his
son-in-law. It's not just the character, even the accent has been done beautifully.
Good show EVV, keep it up.
That's about all you can say for this flick - there is nothing else in it for
anyone to boast about. Srikant is constantly weeping for his friend all through
the film like a woman, while Naveen, the friend, is on a drinking spree to forget
the guilt arising from a mistake he's made because he was drinking in the first
place. And this takes 2-1/2 hours.
The tale is this. Roja comes to Hyderabad for an interview in Srikant's office.
Here she encounters Naveen, who, in an inebriated state, tries to rape her.
The rape bid fails, and the hero number one Srikant falls madly in love with
her and wants to marry her, which he does successfully with the nod from Naveen.
But Roja cannot forget what Naveen tried with her, and is constantly seeking
ways and means to spite Naveen, so much so that the latter runs away from the
city to a remote corner in Andhra Pradesh.
After some twists and turns, some unnecessary, she realizes (or rather, is
made to realize) that one should learn to forgive and forget the others' mistakes
however serious they might be, if the oter person feels guilty about them and
regrets them. See, great tale and great moral.
The film would have been better if EVV had spared some time working on the
screenplay. He seems to be so carried away by L B Sriram's character that he
loses track of the rest of the film. Chandramohan, Prabha and Chalapati Rao
excel in supporting roles.