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Posted on Dec 22, 11:08PM | IANS
Film: "Sarocharu"; Cast: Ravi Teja, Kajal Agarwal, Richa Gangopadhyay, M.S Narayana, Chandra Mohan, Jaya Sudha and Nara Rohit; Director: Parasuram; Rating: *1/2
With "Sarocharu", Ravi has officially added another dud to his list of films. Ravi Teja, who is colloquially called Mass Maharaja, has for the first time in a long time, shifted away from his 'mass' avatar to make way for a class appearance, and yet gets introduced as usual in a fight sequence. At this juncture, not only does he fight the baddies, but takes the effort to mouth a few cliched dialogues as well. Ravi may have done well in his role, but sadly the film doesn't quite impress in any department.
The film revolves around three key characters - Karthik, Sandhya and Vasudha, played by Ravi, Kajal and Richa, respectively. Kajal, who considers herself the most beautiful girl on the earth, firmly believes her Prince Charming doesn't exist, until she meets Karthik.
Sandhya falls in love at first sight with Karthik and wishes to spend the rest of her life with him. But, as destiny has it, her proposal is rejected by Karthik, citing his marital status.
In the flashback, it is shown Karthik is married to Vasudha, daughter of a rich businessman, whom he met in Ooty, where he used to work as football coach at an academy. Unfortunately, the marriage doesn't last long enough and all comes to an end in a happy story.
Despite knowing about the marriage, Sandhya still wishes to spend her life with him. What follows is a discovery of a hidden truth about the Karthik's past. What is the truth? And knowing it, will Sandhya still wish to be with Karthik forever? - that's what forms the crux of the story.
Even though director Parasuram attempts to paint a perfect love story, which attempts to convey to the audience that 'extreme fondness between two won't pave way to love, but sincere understanding will', yet the film on the whole lacks deft screenplay.
The story meanders through so many sub-plots, making the audience wait patiently for the climax, which unfortunately appears as cliched as would've anticipated.
The fact that the person one is in love with, is not the same post marriage is what precisely the director intends to bring forth through the film. Though Parasuram succeeds in delivering what he wished to at the first place, he doesn't quite impress or inspire the audience in the process. The director presumed that the twist in the second half will work in favour of the film, but it only backfires in turn, annoying the viewers.
Ravi played his part well and as promised at the beginning of the film, mostly maintains class appearance. But he still finds reasons to throw some punches solely to entertain his fans. It is high time Kajal says no to corny roles and scouts for challenging roles with some amount of glamour a la Vidya Balan in "The Dirty Picture".
Richa's role before marriage is a repeat act of "Mirapakaya", while her part post marriage, hardly boasts anything worth discussing. M.S Narayana in a cameo is completely wasted, while Rohit in his role, is good to watch.
Devi's music is far below expectations, while other technicians have little or no scope to portray in the output.
"Sarocharu" may work for Ravi's fans, but I doubt if it can even entertain others.