What is Good:
The most positive thing about Andari Banduvaya is that it got its heart in the right place. There is one scene in which a family and its guest is getting ready for lunch. When the guest who knows that nothing was cooked enquires, she is surprised to see that people from different homes bring delicacies to serve them. While this isn’t a great scene in the film, it surmises its spirit - “whoever does good, gets good in return”.
Sarwanand who excelled in the role of rich arrogant boy in Gamyam and a politically powerful boy in Prasthanam, easily fits into the role of this poor but helpful guy. We will have to see which other actor in Telugu industry has so much to offer in three successive films. He is improving, and if his next two films will go right, he will have proved something to actors (both present and old) on how to choose films.
Padma Priya looks and acts decent in most scenes. She manages to look like a working woman in the film but also eases into designer wear for the songs with oomph. It is a surprise that this belle who debuted in Telugu film six years ago, took so long to do another Telugu film. Obviously she has the talent and penchant for roles that go beyond four songs and few dialogues.
Also having someone like Naresh to do the key role was like walking on a tight rope. Naresh doesn’t just deliver what he is required to, but also manages to get laughs and tears.
The story also showcases the broadmindedness of today’s ‘materialistic’ youth who prefer emotional attachment and take ‘physical attachments’ easy. This concept was treated in a lighter vein because it is a bit too daring for Telugus.