Cast: Allu Sirish, Regina Cassandra, Rao Ramesh, Saptagiri, Posani and Rohini
Rating: Two and a half stars
Hyderabad: Kotha Janta, a romcom, has all the necessary commercial elements for a full-on entertainer. In the film, Sirish (Allu Sirish) and Suvarna (Regina Cassandra) are selfish by nature and the film is about how their selfish attitudes change because of love.
They’ve been selfish from childhood and carry the same attitude into their youth. Both work with a private television channel and try to take the channel to the top. They have their individual jobs to do but get into frequent fights because of their selfishness. Somewhere along the way, Suvarna falls in love with Sirish, but he wants to use her love to get further in his career. Suvarna loves him sincerely, but he doesn’t respond, and rejects her. A deeply hurt Suvarna realises that Sirish is a very selfish person.
The crux of the story is about how Sirish changes his mentality and attitude and realises the value of true love.
Director Maruthi, who has a reputation of delivering double-meaning dialogues with his earlier films, has come up with a clean entertainer. But the dialogues don’t impress here.
Though the film’s concept is good, the narration is slow and predictable. The climax is also not interesting and the film ends abruptly. The cinematography is good but the music is average.
Assessing the artistes’ performance, it would be fair to say that Allu Sirish has to improve a lot and he may be better off doing some homework before shooting for his next film. From the beginning till the end, he has only one expression on his face whether it’s a comic scene or a serious one. He has to work a lot on his emotions and expressions. His body language also does not come across as comfortable. This is only his second film, so there is a lot of scope for improvement.
The star of the film is undoubtedly Regina Cassandra. She looks cute and bubbly and delivers a delightful performance. She has done her character with ease and with the right expressions.
Madhurima plays a cameo. Saptagiri and Posani provide a few laughing moments. Rohini plays Sirish’s mother and does a good job with her role.
On the whole, Kotha Janta is not very impressive and is good only in parts.
The only good thing about the film is director Maruthi, who used to bank on vulgar jokes in his earlier films, chose to stay away from his style this time. You can catch the film to kill time and some curiosity!