Starring : Viswant, Sanjay Rao, Nitya Shetty & Brahmaji
Director : Chendu Muddhu
Producers : Anand Prasad
Music Director : Pravin Lakkaraju
Cinematographer : Sunil Kumar N
Editers : D Venkata Prabhu
Release date : March 06, 2020
Senior actor, Brahmaji’s son, Sanjay is making his debut with the film O Pitta Katha that has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Venkata Lakshmi(Nithya Shetty) leads a happy life with her father in a small town. Prabhu(Sanjay Rao), who works with Venkata Lakshmi’s dad falls in love with her right from his childhood days. Even Venkata Lakshmi loves Prabhu and when things seem to be going fine, a new character named Krish(Viswanth) enters the scene and he too falls for Venkata Lakshmi. After knowing that both Prabhu and Lakshmi are in love with each other, he plans to separate them. During the same time, Venkata Lakshmi gets kidnapped leaving everyone surprised. Who kidnapped Venkata Lakshmi? Is Krish involved in this setup or is there some other angle to the story. To know this, you need to watch the film on a big screen.
The last half an hour of the film is quite gripping. The thrills and twists showcased during this time have been executed well by the director. The interval bang of the film has also been handled nicely. The flashbacks of both the heroes and the connection to the story are set up well.
The actor who played the role of hero Sanjay’s friend also evokes a few good laughs. Hero Viswanths gets a key role and he does well in the film. He had a lot of scope to perform and Vishwanth showcased good variations in the film. Coming to the other debutante Sanjay Rao, he too did well for his first film. Though he has a long way to go, he was good in his given role.
Telugu girl, Nithya Shetty gave a wonderful performance. Not only does she looks good but performance wise too, she has a lot of potentials. She was amazing in all the romantic scenes of the film. The rest of the cast did well.
Until the interval point, the film does not create much interest for the audience. The so-called filler scenes in the film do not create any impact and have a dull narration. The director Chandu chose an interesting storyline but his treatment in key scenes is not up to the mark.
As said earlier, the music and BGM by Raghu Kunche is top-notch. The production values of the film are superb as the film looks rich for the money spent. The art direction and camera work need special mention as the locations and the gritty areas of Palasa have been showcased superbly. But the dialogues need a special mention as they are novel, realistic and some are even quite depthful. Editing in the second half could have been better.
Coming to the director Karuna Kumar, he makes a decent debut and is surely a find. His eye for detail is superb and the way he has extracted performances is also top-notch. The message he has conveyed through the film and the manner in which he narrated the film with a good screenplay makes the film look interesting.
On the whole, Palasa 1978 is a realistic village drama that showcases the atrocities of the rich towards the backward castes in the early years. Realistic performances, good screenplay, and superb dialogues are basic assets. On the flip side, a predictable storyline, a bit slow second half takes the film down. The film is a for the select audience but needs to be encouraged as it is rustic, hard hitting and can be given a shot this weekend for it’s unique setup.