Kauravudu has a moral. It's that a woman is God's beautiful creation. She's
a mother, a sister, a wife and a companion, all wrapped in one. But down the
ages women have been oppressed for the most inane reasons, and have been called
various derogatory names for no fault of their's. There is a minority out there
that maybe bad, but that is no reason to hate the entire womankind. And that's
the storyline of the movie.
This movie is set in our picturesque, rural Andhra. Surya (Nagbabu) is a zamindar
who, for strong reasons revealed later in the movie, is a die-hard misogynist.
He even shuts down the temple of a Goddess in the village. His routine involves
going around the village during the day righting the wrong, and hitting the
bottle hard in the nights. He has a constant companion in M S Narayan who is
a bundle of laughs.
The village teacher retires, and Sashi (Ramya Krishna) comes to the village
to take over his post. She is a headstrong woman who will not stand for any
of Surya's tyranny. This leads to them hating each other. Sashi then hears of
how Surya's brother committed suicide due to a woman's betrayal, and how his
wife's infidelity, and eventual death, have made him a Kauravuddu (the
villain). This brings about a change of heart in her. She takes it upon herself
to reform him. And when she saves his son's life, he warms up to her and eventually
changes for the better.
At this point, the movie loses it charm and becomes monotonous. Surya falls
in love with Sashi, but, as is the case in most of our movies, she is in love
with someone else. Surya is heart broken, and the local villian makes matters
worse by accusing him of trying to break the relationship. Sashi believes the
accusations and leaves the village. Predictably, everything falls into place
when she realizes that she too has fallen in love with Surya and we have a happy
ending. Excessive melodrama, as in most Telugu films.
The first half of the movie is highly entertaining owing to M S Narayan's comic
antics. Nagababu portrays the role of the angry-with-the-world man with finesse,
but is hopelessly lost in the role of a lover. He has two left feet and can't
dance for nuts. He does have a strong screen presence, though, and should stick
to action roles. Ramya Krishna is good and handles her part with ease. She looked
gorgeous right through the movie.
The direction is aces in the first half, but with too many loose ends to tie
up, and the lack of a genuine script, Jyoti Kumar loses it in the second half.
Kudos to M S Narayan for an absolutely hilarious performance. The camera work
and music was pretty good. All said and done the movie is worth a watch.