Shailaja Reddy Alludu Movie Review:
The much-anticipated movie from Akkineni family Shailaja Reddy Alludu grandly released today. Yuva Samrat Akkineni Naga Chaitanya and Anu Emmanuel played the lead roles with Ramya Krishna in the company as the titular Shailaja Reddy.
Chaitanya (Naga Chaitanya) a relaxed and easy going person son of an egoist father (Murali Sharma). His life entirely revolves around egoist characters, a lover Anu (Anu Emmanuel), and her mother, Shailaja Reddy (Ramya Krishnan). Anu and her mother Shailaja Reddy do not talk to each other with ego clashes. How Chay reignites bond between mother and daughter and win his love and becomes Shailaja Reddy Alludu is the plot.
Naga Chaitanya is very fresh and energetic. It is the best looks he has got in a movie. Acting wise there is nothing unusual in his characterization, but he did the justice to the role written by the director.
Anu Emmanuel looked beautiful. It is somewhat a better character for her among all the movies; she has done so far. As everyone expected, Ramya Krishnan is the show stealer. She just lived as Shailaja Reddy. Particularly her entry scene, a scene at the beginning of the second half and a scene giving warning to villains, stand out. It is an intense performance from her.
Vennela Kishore was as usual. Much was expected from 30 years Prithvi, but he fails to take off after initial momentum. Murali Sharma did well in his part as one expects from him.
The story is age-old and done to death. Even the ego trip of the heroine, previously shown as arrogant is seen many times. What’s more, we have entire blocks that are a rework of old ideas, like the hero making the heroine jealous to get her attention. A class and a fight to change heroine’s perception of the hero. It is all seen before, but credit to Maruthi for making them work all over again.
But how much can Maruthi use the same old ideas and recycle in the same film? That is the problem with Shailaja Reddy Alludu. After a point, the fun is lost and focus shifts on drama. The solid direction makes it tick, but otherwise, the proceedings get rather tiresome. A substantial conflict between Ramya Krishna and Naga Chaitanya was expected, but we can see it nowhere on the screen. The climax is okay.
We can’t say Gopi Sunder’s music is excellent, but he did a good job. Re-recording is also good. Nizar Shafi’s photography is superb. Editing work is just okay.
Sithara Entertainments production values are decent. Maruthi succeeded as a director but failed as a writer this time.
Naga Chaitanya may keep many hopes on Shailja Reddy Alludu, but with the result, he won’t be satisfied