Film: Bava; Producer: Padma Kumar Choudhary; Director: Ram Babu; Music: Chakri; Camera: Arvind Krishna; Cast: Sidhdharth, Praneetha, Rajendra Prasad, Pavithra Lokesh, Brahmanandam, Thanikella Bharani, Ahuthi Prasad and others, Rating: *1/2
Actor Siddharth has not been getting enough success in Telugu films of late, though he made a good beginning with films like 'Nuvvuvasthaananate Nenoddantaana' and 'Bommarillu'.
He himself has changed his course by selecting rank commercial films which have stereotyped scripts with age-old narration. Sidhdharth's latest film 'Bava', directed by debutant Ram Babu, also follows a similar pattern.
Needless to say, 'Bava' is another pot-boiler packaged with mindless and illogical sequences. It does not have a fresh concept and its story is made of bits and pieces picked up from here and there.
The already-seen sequences drag and bore the audiences throughout. Since the film has a rural rustic background, it looks as if the director has watched a few Telugu films and picked up the best sequences to include in his thin storyline.
The first half of the film is still tolerable but the second half makes you want to run away. Though the performances of all the artists is above average, the film fails mainly because director Ram Babu has nothing new to offer.
Except for Arvind Krishna's camera work and Brahmanandam's comedy sequences, 'Bava' fails to impress.
The cliched storyline goes something like this -- Veera Babu is in love with his classmate Varalakshmi. But since their families have a long history of hatred -- the couple can't meet.
When they grow up, Varalakshmi's marriage is arranged by her parents. The lovers decide to get married in a temple which leads to a silly yet predictable climax.
Sidhdharth infuses some genuine moments in the film but is handicapped by a bad script. Praneetha's smile is good enough but she needs help in the acting department. Veteran artists Rajendra Prasad and Pavithra Lokesh have done a neat job in their work.
Arvind Krishna's superb camera is the saving grace of the film. The two good compositions by music director Cahkri also provide much needed relief. All in all, 'Bava' is worth a one-time watch.
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