Kittu Unnadu Jagratha
'Kittu Unnadu Jagratha' hits the screens today to compete with 'Dwaraka' and 'Gunturodu'. Here is our review:
Kittu (Raj Tarun) is a mechanic who turns into a dognapper in order to make both ends meet when he falls in love with Janaki (Anu Emmanuel). There develops a misunderstanding when Janaki wrongly believes that Kittu is a swindler hiding behind the facade of love.
Enter AR (Arbaaz Khan), a self-styled don who has an ulterior motive when he kidnaps Janaki. Meanwhile, the hero reluctantly loans a huge sum from a don to wriggle himself out of a tricky situation. He has also got Janaki's pet in his kitty.
All this sets the foundation for a comedy of confusion involving a range of characters, including Rechukka (ace comedian Prudhvi suffers from night-blindness).
'Kittu Unnadu Jagratha' is yet another outing whose intentions are clear: amuse without making a fuss about logic. Director Vamsi Krishna, who was brought in after the story was written (by Srikanth Vissa), makes sure the screenplay is enlivened with (generally speaking) credibly inane characters.
The romantic track is helped by the light-veined feel where Raj Tarun's character entertains without losing its face. Anu's dashing eyes make sure the guys out there are tellingly impacted.
Prudhvi's comedy is refreshing, without bordering on the kind of the over-indulgent parody seen in 'Winner'. It's remarkable that he is the star comedian of the other two releases of the week as well - 'Dwaraka' and 'Gunturodu'. Krishna Bhagawan's characterization just about passes muster and the track is not consistently good.
Once again, the audience are bombarded with a screenplay that gives villainy short-shrift under the pretext of dishing out blissful entertainment. The obsession of comedy for comedy's sake is taking a toll on many a film.
If the comedy of errors is largely convincing, Arbaaz Khan's characterization could have been better.
At times, the complexity gets on the nerves. The many twisters may well be an excuse to hide the lack of a healthy conflict point.
In a film where comedy gets a pride of place, it's quite sorry that Vennela Kishore (at least for his fans) has no much part to play. Naga Babu is just about OK. Hamsa Nandini's special song is lost in the din.
To the dialogue writer Sai Madhav Burra's credit, he tries his best to make the most out of the situations. That said, this genre may not exactly be Burra's forte.
Vamsi Krishna does a neat job in extracting the performances. Raj Tarun once again gets the emotions right, even to the point of being understated. Everybody else, including Anu and Prudhvi, fit the bill in different degrees.
Anup Rubens' music is found wanting. It's inadequate in terms of enlivening the proceedings. The BGM, though, is fine. The cinematography and the art department do full justice.
'KUJ' makes the most of the screenplay. Hilarious episodes save the day. The second half could have been better.