Aadi (2002) Full Movie Review:
This Aadi movie story is set in the backdrop of Rayalaseema. The film opens with Veera Reddy (Ahuti Prasad) returning from the USA after a long gap with his wife and 8-year-old kid Aadi Kesava Reddy. Veera Reddy’s deceased father is a well-known factionist in that area and owns a land of 4000 acres. While leaving to states Aadi Sesha Reddy keeps the responsibility of managing land to Siva Reddy (Rajan P Dev). Veera Reddy realizes that Siva Reddy is misusing the responsibility given to him. He wants to donate all his land to the 2000 families staying in that village. Upon coming to know about this, Siva Reddy attacks Veera Reddy and kills him and his wife. Veeranna (Chalapati Rao), a trusted lieutenant of Veera Reddy, takes the kid Aadi Kesava Reddy and escapes to Hyderabad city. All the trusted people of Veera Reddy were put in jail for a life sentence for 14 years.
Then the titles of the film are flashed after which it says the caption ’12 years later’. We see the grown up Aadi (NTR) studying in a college. He falls in love with Nandu (Keerthi Chawla) and vice versa. Veeranna raises Aadi in Hyderabad. Aadi is a fun-loving, yet hot-blooded guy and is the cynosure of all eyes. Later on, it is revealed that Nandu is the daughter of Siva Reddy.
After the studies are completed Nandu is back in her hometown at her father’s place. After a hiatus of 14 years, Aadi enters the Rayalaseema along with the just-released lieutenants and Veeranna to take revenge on Siva Reddy and get back all the land so that he can distribute it to the poor families. The rest of the film deals with how Aadi achieves his objective.
He is bound to see a new NTR in this film. He trimmed his body a bit and did an extraordinary work as an artist. He carried the entire film on his shoulders. He did all the scenes with the consummate ease. By its action sequences, romantic teasing scenes or dances! NTR turned out to be an extremely talented actor in comedy scenes. He is too good in those scenes. You can even see him cracking a joke on his shape in this film. Keerthi Chawla is very decent looking and glamorous. She suited the character well and is bound to win the hearts of the audience with her action. But she looked little awkward and out of place when she wore ultra-modern dresses and danced in the 4th song. And others Raja P Dev does justice to his role by giving a balanced performance. Chalapati underplayed his role very well as the God Father of NTR. LB Sriram gives a nice performance as the principle of the college with Amitab Bachchan (of old films) get-up. MS Narayana renders another good performance as an assistant to villain in the second half with his ‘Assam’ comedy episode.
V.V .Vinayak has done an excellent job as the director. The story of the film is an age-old revenge saga where son comes back to take revenge on the killer (who happens to be an assistant to his father) of his father after a gap of 14 years. But, it’s Vinayak imaginative direction and the tight screenplay that keeps you glued to your seats. This film is a pucca mass film. But the director made sure that the comedy is rightly blended in the film without losing the balance and seriousness. Vinayak has a bright future ahead for him in the years to come.
Background score for this film is very good. Songs are good too. But when you compare these songs with those of NTR earlier films, you will get disappointed. The best song of the lot is the only melodious song in the film ‘Toli Pilupe’.
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