There are movies whose endings make you happy, and there are movies whose ending
makes you happy. And just when you thought you had got the world neatly classified
thus, this one happens to you. With Subhaseessulu you don't know which one of
the two reasons to be happy for, because the problem is even more fundamental
- you don't know that it's time to be happy. For, you never know that the movie
Nagarjuna Reddy's woes are even worse. While you are confused primarily with
the ending, he is confused all through the film. The director can't decide whether
he's making a movie with a social message or a love story, and ultimately combines
both for which you pay the price for 2-1/2 hours.
Subhaseessulu begins by showing Vijay (Anit Raj), an orphan, being brought up
by his grandmother, and his efforts for the development of his village. He falls
in love with Rani (Varsha), niece of the village head Balaramaiah, and, as the
love blossoms, gets the blessings of both families.
Just as everything is about to be settled, Rani's father Krishna (who all the
while was running a business in Dubai) arrives and expresses his distaste at
the arrangement - for some reason he believes that the youth of the villages
are no good. Vijay, as is the wont of the hero, challenges Krishna that he will
earn more money and reputation in one year than Krishna can in the same time,
and that too in a city.
Vijay reaches the city and stays with K K Rao (Tanikela Bharani), and starts
a restaurant. He is on his way to success when he is conned by Rao. Somehow
a long lost uncle (Chandramohan) in the city comes to his aid, and with his
help, Vijay manages to achieve his goal.
Krishna now regrets his decision and accepts the alliance. On the day of the
engagement, however, the priest informs Krishna of a defect in Vijay's horoscope
that will result in Rani's being widowed in a short while after their marriage.
But Vijay and Rani decide to go against their elders' views, and get married.
This is where either the producer ran out of money or the director got bored.
Vijay has an accident, and is admitted to a hospital in a critical state. As
soon as he regains his consciousness, he insists on going to his village to
inspect a project of essence, which would result in saving the village from
God knows what. And surprise, surprise, the movie ends! There is no mention
of what happens to the hero, the heroine, or anybody else after their reaching
The problems with Subhaseessulu are too numerous to comprehensively recount
here (or anywhere), but here's an effort. Firstly, characters keep appearing
from out of nowhere and disappearing without any explanation all through the
film. Then, the comedy track is very thin, with a lot of overacting by Brahmanandam,
M S Narayana and company. Senior actors like Chandramohan are wasted in minor
roles. And as for the main cast, Anit Raj seriously requires classes in acting,
and Varsha, in her second role after the runaway hit Nuvve
, is just an ornament.
The music is as melodious as a garage. And guess what? Bhadrachala Ramadas is
part of it. Only, he will regret the day he composed his melodious krithi 'Paluke
Bangaramayera', seeing the way that it has been ripped apart and all its melody
Well, you still have a choice in your participation in this.