Alright, boys and gals!
If you are in a mood to see a knee-slapping, jumping up and down in your seat, falling forward with laughter kind of movie, go see అష్టా చెమ్మా immediately. You are advised to check thoughtfulness and seriousness at the door. Don’t even think of going to this movie if you want your movies to give you a message or have a social conscience. Also, don’t go to this movie or interact with anybody that has seen the movie, if your name is రాంబాబు ; you may not be laughing with the rest. It’s a different story if your name is మహేశ్.
ఇంద్రగంటి మోహనకృష్ణ who debuted with the wonderful గ్రహణం , the cinematization of చలం’s దోషగుణం and followed it up with the comedy, మాయాబజార్ which unfortunately did not come close to the expectations raised by that title, now wrote and directed this farce that stakes a claim for a place among the best Telugu comedy movies ever. This movie in its zaniness reminded me of the evergreen ప్రేమించి చూడు ,which thanks to Dish networks’ తేజ channel, I get the opportunity to watch frequently. I was even tempted to compare it to the original మిస్సమ్మ, but that would be stretching things a bit too far.
Of course, every artist in the movie, with the only exception of తనికెళ్ళ భరణి delivers an over-the-top performance. But, it is the kind of “we know it is over-the-top; we actually want this to be way over-the-top so that you know we are not taking this seriously at all” performance that had the audience roaring with laughter. కలర్స్ స్వాతి plays the high-strung and slightly unbalanced but definitely lovable లావణ్య in the cutest possible ways. Newcomer నాని plays the first lead effortlessly transitioning easily between romance and Wodehousian nuttiness. We now have a new talented comedy hero in శ్రీనివాస్ అవసరాల. newcomer భార్గవి is OK. ఝాన్సి, హేమ , and భరణి put a lot of energy into their supporting roles. I have a feeling that the నేను నువ్వు కాదు scene with its మెత్తటి, వెచ్చటి, పింక్ టర్కీ టవల్ in the climax is going to be remembered fondly for years to come.
Also a rare bonus in this film – you can actually hear the lyrics written by సిరివెన్నెల సీతారామ శాస్త్రి without the noise, er, music playing interference. And, I thank కల్యాణీ మాలిక్ for that huge favor.
You may be thinking that you can watch this movie on DVD when it comes to your local video shop. Don’t do that. If we want such videos in future, we need to have these young film makers like మోహన్ కృష్ణ, కృష్, శేఖర్ కమ్ముల and the like to make many more movies. It will happen only if their movies make enough money at the box-office. Take your significant other (and the equally significant or less significant others as well) to the theater and have two hours of good, clean fun!
V Chowdary Jampala
(Editor Telugu Naadi)