Rating: 6.5/10( Watchable)
SVSC or Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu has garnered huge exptectations from the audience. It has created unprecedented hype due to the fact that it is the first multi starrer in comtemporary Telugu cinema, featuring two of the top heroes, Mahesh Babu and Venkatesh. Directed by Srikanth Addala and produced by Dil Raju, the film was released on January 11th 2013. Did it live upto the monster expectations? Find out in my review
Story: A kindhearted man, known as "Relangi mavayya" ("Relangi Uncle") by his family, lives in the village of the same name. His middle-class family consists of his wife, mother, niece Seetha and three children: two sons (Peddodu, "the elder" and Chinnodu, "the younger") and a daughter, Chinni. Peddodu(Venkatesh) is an introvert, who lives life on his own terms and is unsociable. Although Seetha wants to marry him, her love is apparently unrequited. Chinnodu(Mahesh Babu) is extrovert, who falls in love with Geetha, the daughter of Seetha's paternal uncle who is jealous of Chinnodu's father and denigrates his family's economic status. Although the family is close-knit, the brothers do not communicate well with each other. The rest of the story is how their uncle realizes his mistake and how the brothers reunite and finally live as one happy family in the end.
Performances: Venkatesh is so used to the family entertainer genre and this role is a cakewalk for him. The difference is that his role in this movie has negative shades and he excels in his role. venkatesh is a sheer delight to watch as Peddodu and one of the biggest plus points of the film. It is Mahesh Babu though that steals the show. This movie really belongs to him. He changed his dialogue delivery, modulation, body language, and the slang he talks in evoke superb laughs from the audience. He is simply amazing and charming as Chinnodu. Anjali is very good as Seetha. Prakash Raj as the patriarch also does an excellent job in his important role. Rao Ramesh is excellent as the jealous relative and his dialogue delivery is superb. Samantha is alright as Geetha. Jayasudha is sidelined. The rest of the cast is adequate barring Ravibabu who makes you laugh with his funny characterization.
Technicalities: Music by Mickey J Meyer is very good. Songs are nice on screen. Background score by Mani Sharma is excellent. Cinematography by KV Guhan is very good. He has captured the moods of certain scenes with various settings. Dialogues by Srikanth Addala are good and meaningful. The dialogues in the climax stand out. Art is excellent as all the sets are extravagant. Production Values by DIl Raju are top noth. No compromise was made on this film as it is techincally sound to every extent. Editing is ok. Could have chopped some scenes off.
Analysis: When Srikanth Addala announced that he got the chance to direct Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu in a multi-starrer, expectations reached the limit. It is the first multi starrer of the current TFI era. So how did he do? He succeeds to an extent. SVSC is not an action film. It is a family drama about two brothers who can't necessarily see eye to eye and the conflicts that arise because of their relationship. The narration is tedious at times and the film is slow. A more effective screenplay would have done wonders to the film but Addala takes his time to get the proceedings going. Also some serious logic is missing the film. If Peddodu and Chinnodu don't have a job, then how come Peedodu always gives Chinnodu 500 rupees whenever he's going somewhere? Where does he get this money from all the time? Also the romance between Mahesh and Samantha is fun at first but gets boring after some time. The screenplay is also very slow and nothing really happens in the first half besides establishing the conflict between the brothers and showing how their family is. Despite it's flaws, SVSC works. That's because of the actors performances. Mahesh Babu and Venkatesh live in their roles in the film and we as an audience can actually connect with some of the emotions. All the scenes Mahesh is in are fun to extent especially when he's doing nothing with his friends. On a whole, SVSC is a family entertainer that has it's flaws but will work due to the multi-starrer power and realistic emotions at times.