Cast: Rajendra Prasad, Kalyani, Chalapati Rao, Giri Babu, Shiva Parvathi, Raghu Babu, Kondavalasa, Dr. Ravi Prakash etc
Banner: Sunshina Cinema
Dialogues: Khadeer Babu
Cinematography: Hari Anumolu
Editing: Gowtam Raju
Story coordination: Tammudu Satyam
Story – screenplay – direction: Kranthi Madhav
Presented by: K Durga Devi
Producer: Kranth iMadhav
Release date: 27 July 2012
Theater watched: Keerthana A/c, Guntur
Rating : 3 / 5
Rajendra Prasad New Telugu Film Onamalu Movie Review:
After Long Gap Rajendra Prasad Coming again with his new film Onamalu. This film was very different from other films. In Film also he never dissapointed the telugu audience.
Narayana Rao (Rajendra Prasad) takes the flight back home without even informing his son who is too busy with his work in the US. The change that has taken place in the village, with the new generation pursuing its own goals, disturbs the former school teacher. Not that he himself wanted to go to New York, but his dying wife Rukmini (Kalyani) pleads with him that he should go and live with their son abroad.
Rajendra Prasad has owned the role of Narayana and carried it on his shoulders with his ultimate performance. His dialogue delivery and body language suited the role of a teacher so well. Kalyani is appropriate for the role of teacher’s wife. Siva Parvathy has got a vital role in the film and she has lived that character. We see lot of veteran actors like Chalapati Rao and Giri Babu speaking in nice Telugu and doing roles with dignity. Five kids and their grown-up versions have done exceptionally well. You see only characters in the movie, not actors. Raghubabu entertains in the role of a cab driver.
Technical and Other Departments:
The story of Onamalu is realistic. The first half deals with the sweetness of villages we used to live when we were kids. The second half deals with the harsh reality we see in villages today. It’s not a commercial story where there is a format and a climax.The top credit for this movie in technician’s department should go to writing (story, dialogues and lyrics). Khadeer Babu (Dargamitta Kathalu fame) has penned beautiful, meaningful and heart-touching dialogues. I used to be a Telugu fiction lover when I was in my college and I used to read novels of Yandamuri and Malladi a lot. After graduation I have read only a few books in Telugu and Dargamitta Kathalu is one among them. Though the dialogues are very good, It is the time of crisp dialogues for Telugu cinema where the gist of paragraph need to be explained in a small sentence (punch line, they sometimes say). He has let the literature writer dominate the dialogue writer in him. However, the dialogues/explanations are wonderfully written if you pay attention. Lyrics written by Sirivennela are simple and thoughtful. Cinematography by Hari Anmolu is good and clean. Due credit should also be given for selection of locations and DI (color grading). After watching the film I had realized why the director has chosen a green theme for poster designs. Because, 80% of the visuals are of green color (village greenery). Gowtam Raju’s editing is fine.
First half is little slow. The satires and meaningful episodes in the second half will attract you. There are certain hard realities we prefer ignoring in our real life. The director has made sure that such incidents are well presented. Onamalu is a good attempt to remind us of our roots and responsibility towards our villages. It is a clean and green film that takes us into the memory lane. And a heart-touching film that should be encouraged not just by awards, but also by revenue.
The message in the film was don’t neglect your parents and Country. Its Different film and good film to watch with your parents.