Kathi Kantha Rao
Release date: 10 December 2010
123Telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Director : EVV Satyanarayana
Music Director : Mallikarjun
Producers : Eedara Srini, Eedpuganti Purnachandra Rao
Starring : Allari Naresh, Kamna Jethmalani, Krishna Bhagawan, Ali, Raghu Babu and others
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Director E.V.V. Satyanarayana Rao is known for his slap-stick comedies that make fun of almost every serious issue. For his movie Katti Kanta Rao he teams up with his son Allari Naresh, who has earned himself a tag of comedy-hero. With both of them together, it will be interesting to see if the film is a laugh riot. 123telugu.com takes a look.

What’s it about: Katti Kanta Rao (Allari Naresh) is a typical police constable, who doesn’t mind being corrupt nor proclaims of having any great ideals. Once we have a look at his family, we know what his problems are. He has two elder sisters, whose husbands’ keep pestering him for some or the other gift. His father keeps pushing him about getting his remaining two sisters married! Infact, in a flashback it is revealed that his father had made a legal agreement with his son that unless he gets all his sisters married, he will not marry! Problem is Katti Kanta Rao has a girl friend (Kamna Jethmalani). Another problem for the cop is that his senior thinks that Kanta Rao and his girl friend are running a brothel! However, Katti Kanta Rao and his girl friend share an interesting secret. What is the secret, how will it affect the lives of Kanta Rao’s family, and the girl friends’ family forms the rest of the story.

What is Good: Though slap-stick and sometimes loud and cheesy, the fun scenes in the movie are many. Some scenes are worth laughing out loud. Allari Naresh has this strange weird look about him that he makes you laugh with his face. He has a good team with him – Venu Madhav, Krishna Bhagawan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raghu Babu, Ali, Kondavalasa, Ahuti Prasad etc. Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, sometimes aping Jaggaiah, is hilarious. Kamna Jethmalani has very limited role, and she is just about ok.

It is surprising to see how E.V.V. Satyanarayana makes fun of police, politicians, film makers. Problem is all those fun elements are just for laughs, and never contribute any which way to the story.

What is bad: It seems there are two stories in the movie – one in the first half, and the other in the second half. Hence the major conflict is never established in the first half. The other big problem is the way the heroine’s character is etched. She comes across as a characterless girl, until a small truth about her is disclosed quite later. The way the same truth is used in the second half isn’t too convincing. As a result the climax, which could have been better, comes a bit late! However, this is a fun movie, and probably that’s why it can be excused.

Technical Departments: : Dialogues are funny, though the screenplay loses its graph towards the second half. There is nothing great to speak about Mallikarjun’s music except for one song. Cinematography isn’t bad, neither is the editing. However, inspite of not having any big names in the industry attached to it, Katti Kanta Rao manages to entertain because of one person – E.V.V.Satyanarayana. The director knows the limitations of the script and works within them to make this movie as amusing as possible.

Final Point: There is nothing serious about this movie. Sentiments, politics, norms are all subjected to sometimes crude humor. However, what works for this movie is the fact that we like to laugh about them. Watch Katti Kanta Rao without any expectations, and you’ll have fun. Be careful if you are watching it with your family, not too many families will enjoy watching it together!


123Telugu.com Rating : 3 /5

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