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O Pitta Katha Review
Star Cast: Vishwant, Nithya Shetty, Sanjay K Rao, Brahmaji
These are difficult times for small films at the box office. 'O Pitta Katha' is also a small film released today with a low buzz. But still, it has competition at the box office. Character artist Brahmaji's son Sanjay is debuting as a hero with this film. 'O Pitta Katha' team is able to grab the attention of the audience by bringing Megastar Chiranjeevi to the pre-release event. Though it appears like a simple love story, the trailer gave enough hints that it has crime and suspense elements. Let us go through the review to find out whether O Pitta Katha impresses the audience or not.
This story takes place in a village in Kakinada. The heroine Venkatalakshmi (Nitya Shetty) is a devotee of Sai Baba and believes that if one writes letters to eleven people professing their faith in the Saint, their wishes will be fulfilled. Since letter writing is non-existent now, we are made to believe the story is set in the 80s, but one of the heroes, Krish (Vishwant) actually asks her in the age of WhatsApp and emails, why is there a necessity to hand over letters.
Venkata Lakshmi is the only daughter and her father owns a cinema hall. He was once a mere worker in the cinema hall and wooed the owner’s daughter every time she came to see a film and eventually married her. Another worker has a son around the same time Venkatalakshmi is born. The boy Prabhu (Sanjay) grows up to be jealous that his father is still in the same position, he on his part has not been able to clear his exams and to adding to his woes, the girl once in love with him is leaning towards her NRI cousin Krish. He hoped that if he marries Venkatalakshmi, the cinema hall would be his. Who has kidnapped Venkata Lakshmi and Why? What happens next is the crux of the story.
Among the principal cast, Nitya Shetty has delivered notable performance. Being a child artist who worked with stars like Chiranjeevi, she has eased in her acting. Her expressions are natural and her Telugu modulation is good.
Vishwanath has done a neat job with the character which has different shades.
Debutante Sanjay K Rao is just okay. He needs to improve a lot. Friend character Pandu has done a splendid job. He is the main comic relief in the movie.
Brahmaji is fine. The rest all has performed well.
Love stories with a crime element are rare in Tollywood. That too with a triangle love story is a novel idea. Director Chandoo must have penned the story thinking the same. The makers have also advertised the same. But the director failed in writing a story for two hours of screen time with a small twist. Though the main point has a good twist, the unengaging screenplay spoils the show. The story doesn't move forward till the pre-climax. The director tried to present the film in non-linear format but he faltered in the process. The twists should be part of the story but they should not be the main thing to fill the story in between. The story material is enough for only an hour not for two. The comedy tests the patience because the tracks penned by Chandu Muddu are completely outdated. Fantasy films do not need logics but they are the lifeline to crime stories. A police officer coming to a conclusion about the killer with the help of a video is one of them. It appears silly. The director's talent is visible for some time in the last half an hour of the film.
The Songs are pleasing but the cinematography highlights the limitations of the artists.
The romantic track between the lead pair is not elevated much. The production values of this film are top-notch.
Analysis: Overall O Pitta Katha is a suspense thriller drama.
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