Happy Telugu Movie Review
After the disastrous Balu, young director Karunakaran redeems himself a little with this wholesome entertainer.
After hits like Arya and Bunny, Allu Arjun again plays to the gallery as a no-holds-barred prankster though it's also a bit of a self-pitying role. His dancing is the film's USP.
Pretty Genelia, who must have cursed herself for playing the lead opposite middle-aged hero Venkatesh in the dud Subhas Chandra Bose, finds her mate in the youthful Arjun. She plays the stereotypical role of a rich girl but salvages the ill-defined role with her bubbly performance and spontaneity.
Karunakaran, who showed promise in the blockbuster Tholi Prema, tried working with big stars but could not exploit their larger-than-life images and failed miserably. He is now back in his element, skilfully exploring the mindset of the boy next door. In the process, he delivers a youthful entertainer dealing with the conflicts and aspirations of youth.
Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai makes a comeback to the Telugu screen with this film, but the small role does not exploit his immense talent.
Comedians Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav evoke a few laughs while seasoned artistes Bharani and Rama Prabha are adequate.
Producer Allu Arvind, who failed to impress with star-studded films like Johnny and Andarivadu, breaks his jinx with his actor-son Allu Arjun. The film bears ample evidence of his lavish spending.
Tamil composer Yuvan Shankar Raja delivers foot-tapping numbers, with the title number and Ye hrudayam standing out.
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