Basically, the film tells the story of Chinnababu (Chiranjeevi) who has a heart of gold and would rather practice soccer/football then study and get a job. This frustrates his father Narasimham with whom Chinnababu, his umarried sister Lakshmi, and three other married siblings live in a joint-family-ish setup. Priyadarshani (Bhanupriya) plays the annoying, relentless, overly-cheery pursuer of Chinnababu despite his early rejections of her advances. Narasimham fears that he is nearing the end of his life due to his health problems and believes that his sons will not properly help their sister Laksmi be wed due to their money problems, selfishness, and overbearing wives. Much talk of duty and expectations is hurled about. Narasimham tries to sell the family estate but Chinnababu saves the day by committing a selfless act that the family does not learn of until the end of the film. Cue emotional speech and the ending credits!
I was amused by Chiranjeevi's direct plea to the audience at the beginning of the film to support him in the “new” kind of role he was playing.
So what about Chiranjeevi himself? This was my very first film of his, ever. All I really have to say is that he is one unattractive fellow. I thought his acting was alright. He certainly could express some emotion and use his body for a bit of physical humor and dance, but I'm sure this film is not the best example of the abilities of the infamous legendary Megastar! At least he looked the general age of his counterpart heroine unlike the icky films of today!
The songs are very silly and worth a watch for all the weird under-the-legs/crotch focused choreography, cheesy costumes, and 70s musical touches. I have always been a huge fan of Bhanupriya, and she looks gorgeous as always here.
I thought Sarada who played the character Saraswathi was elegant and gorgeous.
And the surprise of the day: Allu Arjun apparently appears in this film as a two-year old! I think Arjun can be seen vaguely sucking his thumb on the bed in the first cap and on the woman's lap in the second:
Arjun's older brother Allu Venkatesh plays the character Bobby, who I first thought was Arjun but according to this article is not.
And Allu Arjun's grandpa (and Chiranjeevi's father-in-law), the late Allu Ramalingaiah, plays the taxi driver Anjayaneyulu. I read up a little more on him, and apparently he acted in hundreds of Telugu films over his lifetime and was even awarded a Padma Shri.
A few more random things I noticed...
Groovy beaded curtains and ingenious dish-slot kitchen wall organizer:
I see this all the time in Telugu weddings. What is the square piece called?
Priceless moment: Chinababbu uses his sister-in-law's sari pallu as a napkin