MCP husbands and rebellious wives... heard before. Next? The fairer sex attempting
at a reversal of roles... nothing new. Wives trying to build their own careers
much to the dismay and envy of their husbands... not novel either. So, what's
Right from Police Bharya and Pellam Chepthe Vinali to Mr Pellam,
most movies targeted at women audiences churn out the same theme with a twist
here and a turn there. When would Telugu audiences be relieved of such trash
that comes wrapped in an attractive package called 'comedies'?
Supposed to be a middle-class family drama involving three families, MCP husbands
and rebellious wives, Kshemamga Velli Laabhamga Randi — the recent release
in this category — is monotonously repetitive at every step. Not only in terms
of the theme, but also in terms of content and dialogues.
What happens in one family between Ravi (Srikant) and Geeta (Roja) also happens
between Rambabu (Rajendra Prasad) and Janaki (Preeti), and is again repeated
between Sambhulingam (Brahmanandam) and Subbalakshmi (Kovai Sarala). So, when
the three jobless mechanic husbands try to prevent their wives from taking up
employment, the sick fare is trebled scene by scene and almost word for word.
Rajendra Prasad's re-entry in a comedy role after a long gap is so disappointing that the epitaphs written for him may as well be forgotten now. Srikant looks like the villain he was in his early films and Brahmanandam is, to say the least, boring.
However, Ramya Krishna as Bala Tripura Sundari alias Baby is very interesting
in a character that she has never donned before. Both Roja and Preeti (Ravi
Raja's Rukmini) as responsible housewives have limited scope. However,
Kovai Sarala, who is not seen widely on the Telugu screen, manages to bring
in some hilarity.
Those who don't know the difference between stage play and movie eventually end up making tele-serials for local channels. Raja Vannemreddy joins this growing tribe of directors with his debut film, which has a very deceptive title that gives no hint of its contents.
The less said about the music the better. Vandemataram Srinivas' dud tunes have been picturized in a tasteless manner, save the song featuring Alphonsa.
Prakash Raj has a smaller role as Baby's teacher husband. Even if you are gripped
by a strong urge to leave the hall when this villain-turned-hero delivers a
lecture on the dignity of women after the erring husbands repent their actions,
you can do nothing to save your life. It is too late. That is the climax.