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Santhosham
Kiran Nadella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Santosham is a movie filled with good music, sunny romance and snappy one-liners. People may either love it or hate it. True, the film is not for everyone - or is it so? However, it is bold in what it tries to do.

The story, though stereotypical, is sautéed stylistically with the aid of the device of 21st century songs ranging from pop to rock, and it pulls off what it set out to achieve. A "modern romantic musical". If you can put aside your feelings of misgivings regarding the sidekicks, there is much that is entertaining in this film.

The opening of Santosham is an extraordinarily ordinary melodrama, but gradually it amalgamates into a gut wrenching, beautifully filmed drama. The film starts with a Murari type family in Venkatapalem, which has been bereaved by the death of Padmavati aka Paddu (Gracy Singh). It then traces her story.

Paddu sets off to Ooty to attend an IT seminar. There in Ooty, with due encouragement from her cutie sister Bhanu (Sreya), Paddu falls in love with Kartik (Nagarjuna), a top software architect. When her father Ramachandraiah (Viswanath) refuses to accept their marriage, Paddu elopes with Kartik and gets married to him.

After the marriage she tries to get back to her family, but she is despised by her father for absconding. Some time later, Paddu and Kartik move to New Zealand and are blessed with a baby boy (Lucky). Then Paddu dies in a nasty car accident, and perhaps this is what gives the gossamer material the whiff of welcome melancholy. End flash back.

The film, which seemed almost stagnant till now, picks up pace gradually, and depicts love blossoming between Kartik and Sreya, and how they get married. Elaborating further would definitely spoil the fun, so The End.

Directed with breezy panache by Dasaradha, the movie captures the sights, sounds and spirit of a good romantic musical. With a rollicking energy, Dasaradha keeps the film's momentum going at top speed for its last one hour. His timing of songs is spot on.

Nag is as usual at his best in the "smiles" department, and is dressed to the nines throughout the movie. Sreya turns a roly-poly sidekick into a warm, lovable and strong supporting character. There is excellent onscreen chemistry between Nag and Sreya. Gracy Singh's facade in the movie is a catastrophe, though. Prabhu Deva's action is decent, and his dance in the "Mehbooba" song is noteworthy.

The voice of Usha and the scores by veteran R P Patnaik will make you cry, smile and sigh. It will make you want to sing, to be in the sun, to fly. The movie is a musical shooting star - it returns you to your better self. Slip the audio CD in, turn up the volume and have a blast!

The film is instantly accessible to everyone from the raucous groundlings looking for low comedy to the aesthetes hankering for some intellectual bite behind their entertainment. I have watched it several (three) times and have definitely gotten my money's worth of this movie. All in all, I recommend this movie to people who enjoy musical/romantic movies and to Nag fans.
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    Nagarjuna, Gracy Singh, Shriya, Prabhudeva, Sunil, Brahmanandam
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    Dasaradha
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Devendar Perala on 11th Jun 2002, 5:55pm | Permalink
Santhosam is one of the cleanest movies of telugu industry, hats of to Nagarjuna to Dare to make this movie and also give a Super hit movie, Nag was very COOL in this movie, so is sheya, Nag wish you all the best.
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10
KADIRIKOTA RAJESH BABU on 11th Jun 2002, 12:04pm | Permalink
True to its title, this movie is a wholesome family entertainer highligting the importance of human values in a joint family.I am sure that SANTOSHAM will definitely set an example for future ventures whose under scoring point could be ' emotional family story'
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8
On_a_mission_to_Change_telugu_film_Industry on 11th Jun 2002, 7:00am | Permalink
Hey, Wait a minute. This isn't the original review of the movie. Fullhyd.com replaced the original review with a more favourable one.

I wonder who is responsible for the switch. Fullhyd.com or nagarjuna or hyderabad Film Club or the director or the producer.

Once thing remains same, telugu movies are a total waste of celluloid.
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2
ROJA REDDY on 11th Jun 2002, 1:36am | Permalink
This is one of the best movie for Nag and to telugu film industry. Very neat movie. Its a silver jublee movie like Nuvvu Vasthavani. Shreya beautiness and her action is excellent.
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10
Shiva Kumar Chanda on 7th Jun 2002, 10:11am | Permalink
This movie will pick after its 60/70 days run and continue up to 175 days.
RATING
10
Sreenivas Rao on 7th Jun 2002, 3:43am | Permalink
Good movie with good music and screenply...only drawback of the movie is not enough comedy
RATING
8
SANKAR REDDY on 7th Jun 2002, 2:43am | Permalink
This is neat family movie, Nag actions is simply superb. colour full by shreya, grasy.
I saw this movie three times. Nag looks very handsome.
RATING
10
Santi Kiran on 4th Jun 2002, 12:33pm | Permalink
The Flick can be termed as 'neat family entertainer' made with rich production values. The Director of the Movie has succededI have saw this movie twice. Nag work is simply superb. Nice to see him bounce with a big hit. SEE and enjoy
in presetning the simple theme in novel way and showed his craftsmanship more...
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10
ANAND BABU on 28th May 2002, 7:14pm | Permalink
The Flick can be termed as 'neat family entertainer' made with rich production values. The Director of the Movie has succeded in presetning the simple theme in novel way and showed his craftsmanship in his very first movie itself. Photography & music elevates the theme and haunts you even after coming out of the theatre. Of two heroines 'Sreya 'got more screen presence than the LAGAAN girl. Sreya is quite promissing and 'll surely make it to big with proper selection of her future ventures. Though it is quite premature to discuss about her acting skills but she showed ease & naturality in her performance. As a 'star attraction' of the flick, NAG essayed his role in degnified&stylished manner and he looks quite younger to his age. One should really appreciate NAG for encouraging & tapping the new talent,though he had some disappointments in the recent past but never stopped in trying & experimenting with new breed 'technicians'. To conclude ,it is worth watching in this hot/cool(?) summer and carry home 'reel bliss'
ANAND K.BABU
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10
Murali Mohan on 27th May 2002, 5:33pm | Permalink
I have saw this movie twice. Nag work is simply superb. Nice to see him bounce with a big hit. SEE and enjoy
RATING
10
Vijay Krishnakanth on 26th May 2002, 3:11pm | Permalink
nag is vary hansome&romantic.
music also very good
RATING
10
Ravi Chandra on 26th May 2002, 2:24pm | Permalink
the movie is so good.excellent and the climate so hot also its movie to see with pleasant and sweet music .to relax its a excellent.all the family members can see this movie.thank u for giving this movie .in hot summer.byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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10
Gangadhar Reddy on 26th May 2002, 1:07pm | Permalink
santhosham is a wondrfull movie. I had lots of fun while seeing this movie. congrats nag. ur performance in the movie is really good. keep it up
RATING
10
Raj Dasoju on 24th May 2002, 7:27pm | Permalink
Good Movie. Happy to see Nag in a movie like Santhosham.

Raj
RATING
10
Srinu Chaudary on 22nd May 2002, 7:26pm | Permalink
SANTHOSHAM movie is treat to watch.
I have already seen this movie for three times. I am going to see this movie again. Reason is good music, cool and composed direction of dasarth and especially nag and shreya pair looks good.
RATING
10
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