Kodi Punju narrates a story that most of us would have seen ages ago, somewhere in 80's. It's a cliched story about the relationship between a son and his doting mother. Heard and seen a million times, haven't we?
As I started watching this film, almost in the fifteenth minute I figured out that there is no way this film could impress me.And,unsurprisingly it happened the same way. I could foresee and tell what was about to happen, so does that make me a prophet? Funny!
Let me narrate a very common story. In a village far away from our imagination, live a mother and son,Seetharatnam (Roja) and Abhimanyu (Tanish) who are so attached to each other that neither an external force nor God himself can't separate them.
Picture this situation, a happy family, highly obedient son, who's never gone against his mother's will.What could likely happen here? I suppose you have the faintest idea lingering in your head, which tells you there must be love somewhere around, doesn't it?
Bingo! Yes, love wrecks this family apart that was happy and sane before the girl entered. Who's the girl is your question, right? Well, she is daughter of the village panchayat- Ramachandra Rao and her name is Nandini. There ought to be a respectable/rich father whose daughter is in love with a guy the father dislikes. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Come on guess more, I'm sure you can easily imagine the rest of the story even before I complete reviewing. There's always a bad guy or villain loitering around who loves to make everything bad for the hero or his folks. Yes, there's one in this one too, Bapineedu and his brother have been eyeing the panchayat chair for years. Together they snitch about Nandini's relationship to her father. Volcano erupts!
Father busts daughter completely off guard, rejects her relationship with hero and insults Seetharatnam.Thus ignites the spark within hero who challenges to compete against him in local elections. Who finally wins the election, whether hero and heroine unite and live forever forms the rest of the story?
Almost 60% films that release between 1970 and 1990 revolved around similar story, so what makes this film any special? Nothing! Yes, Kodi Punju fails miserably to even make slightest impact on audience. It was two plus hours of pain and nonsense.
3 Reasons why this film bombed:
Reason 1: Bad or dull script is always a turn-off provided you compensate it with something else. Music is always used as a substitute to bad script. Alas, Kodi Punju is not blessed with listenable music.
Reason 2: Star studded cast draws lots of attention, films like Anji or Deviputrudu were results of hideous execution. Although they bombed at box-office, they made quite an impact amidst audience.
Reason 3: Comedy! I consider it most important in regional films. Unlike Hollywood, audiences back in India go to watch a film to get entertained but not challenged on their intellect.
Kodi Punju lacked in all the above, especially in screenplay and music which are considered highly
important for the success of a film, at least in India.
Tanish: A not so popular hero with very few films to his credit lived off the edge throughout the film. With hardly any experience, neither could audience recall him nor did he do anything spectacular to get noticed. He could be regarded as a better dancer than actor, his commitment towards was clearly visible.
Roja: An actress then, a senior artist now with plenty of experience in her kitty managed to pull off worthy performance. Only irritating part about her performance is her voice, for all those who've heard over the past will be surprised to hear her speaking. Her voice is accompanied by a faint screech which through most past part of the film overshadows and produces something so annoying that you would curse yourself to listen to it.
Others were stubborn in their roles, without even attempting to improvise. May be they swore an oath not to improvise and strictly follow the instructions of the director. Director BVV Chowdary could have made this film better, if his combination of sentiment, action, comedy, glamour were of correct proportion.
Kodi Punju is like someone asking you, choose between suicide and murder. Irrespective of your choice, you're sure to get slaughtered.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(1 / 5) : Poor