Call Center as unwanted as a telemarketing call
Release date: 11 September 2008
123Telugu.com Rating: 1.5/5
Director : Kanmani
Music Director : Sai Karthik
Producers : Katragadda Lokeshdutt, Yarlagadda Venkata Ratna Kumar
Starring : Vamshi Krishna, Priyanka, pooja, Vijayanand...
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Just like we do not need a telemarketing call disturbing our Sunday afternoon siesta, we surely do not need films like Call Center. The film is supposed to be a slice of life take on life in Call Centers, but it just uses the premise of a call center to show sleaze and degradation. There have been umpteen number of such films earlier, the likes of Bachelor etc. All in all it is a sorry second outing for Happy Days hero Vamsi Krishna.

What is it about: The film is about Krishna (Vamsi Krishna) and Swati (Pooja), friends from a rural backdrop, who come to the city and start working in a call center. Both have a culture shock when they come to the city, but Vamsi slowly starts changing and gets used to the city culture whereas Swati stays like her good old self. Vamsi gets influenced by his friends and tries to convince Swati to change too. This leads to a misunderstanding between the two. After some cliched and predictable turns and twists, Vamsi realizes that Swati was always correct and they live happily ever after (yawn).

What is Good: Some of the attempts at comedy manage to evoke a chuckle or two. That is about it. Vamsikrishna tries to put in an earnest performance, but is definitely not hero material.

What is bad: The whole concept. Director Kanmani, who was hailed for making a sensitive film 'Naa Oopiri' seems to have lost it completely. There is nothing that can be achieved by showing sleaze for an hour and a half and then preaching morals in the last half hour. All his claims of visiting Call Centers and getting an authentic feel of the life there seems ridiculous once you see this flick. The music is average. The heroines look wooden and mannequins have more expression than them. The Malinga act by one of the supporting cast is slightly ok. More than half the dialogues in the film are censored out.

Me Thinks: Poor show at the box office. At a time when we are getting innovative films like Ashta Chamma or far more entertaining stuff like Ullasanga Utsaahangaa, trying to make a sleazy comedy and setting it in a Call Center instead of a college is a sad idea. Stay away from this one.

Tailpiece: I wonder how Call Center workers will take to the film. They should get it banned if they want their profession to have any respect at all. And I wonder how the censors allowed the flick to be released even with the number of cuts they put in.

- Chantabbai  
123Telugu.com Rating : 1.5/5

Legend:    5 - Flawless
                4 - Must Watch
                3 - One Time Watch
                2 - Wait for the DVD
                1 - Stay Away
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