Cast: Ravi Teja, Raashi Khanna, Seerat Kapoor, Murali Sharma, Satyam Rajesh, Vennela Kishore.
Director: Sirikonda Vikram
After the hit Raja The Great, Ravi Teja’s Touch Chesi Choodu carried high expectations. Vikram Sirikonda, successful as a screenwriter, handles the baton for the film starring Raashi Khanna and Seerat Kapoor as the female leads.
Company owner Karthikeya (Ravi Teja) puts family over everything else, something he drills into his staff. On his parents’ insistence, he agree to marry, and chooses Pusha (Raashi Khanna). Their romance continues after a hitch.
In the meantime, Ravi Teja’s sister has seen a student being murdered, and identifies the killer through a sketch. The police says the killer is already dead. Then, the killer he walks out of a building and Karthikeya identifies him as Irfan. The rest of the story ties up the ends.
First off, Sirikonda picks an outdated story by Vakkantham Vamsi for his debut, where the protagonist hides in the backdrop and comes to the fore in a flashback. Think films from Basha to Samarasimha Reddy. Then, Sirikonda fails to lift it above the ordinary.
The first half of the film is only about Ravi Teja and Raashi Khanna’s romance, and the story does not move an inch. The second half, the flashback part, is also clichéd. Besides, he fails to make the best use of Ravi Teja, who is known for his dialogue delivery and body language.
Ravi Teja tries his best in what is a routine character for him. He is a victim of over-heavy use of graphics, appearing with a thick beard in some scenes — which does not look good — and with a normal beard in others. Ravi Teja’s dialogues are a highlight, but his lines are badly written here.
Raashi Khanna looks beautiful and adds to the glamour quotient. Seerat Kapoor has a poorly sketched role. Murali Sharma as police commissioner is his usual self. Senior actress Annapoorna, comedians Vennela Kishore and Satyam Rajesh are notable performers.
The songs by popular Bollywood tunesmith Pritam, who is also making his debut with Touch Chesi Choodu, are just average. The background score by Mani Sharma is not impressive.
An outdated story, predictable narration, weak dialogues and screenplay and poor music mark Sirikonda’s debut. Not even Ravi Teja can save the film from which you come off without remembering a single scene.