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Posted date: 29 Sat, Oct 2016 08:25:59 AM

Title – Santhu Straightforward, Producer – K Manju, Direction – Mahesh Rao, Music – V Harikrishna, Cinematography – I Andrew, Cast – Yash, Radhika Pandit, Shaam, Girish, Devaraj, Seetha, Ananthnag, Sumithramma, Avinash, Veena Sunder, Ravishanker and others.

This is a typical love story film – one before marriage of the two leading stars Yash and Radhika Pandit. ‘Yaavathidru Naav Nimmoru’ is rightly adjusted in this film. Yash telling this is apt for their personal life. But when he gives shake hand it is a different scene. Naav Kai Kodo Hudga Alla’ is what keeps the audience guessing because in the screenplay it is not supposed to happen so easily.

Santhu is a man of nerves. He has a great build up for his character from everyone around including children. He is sound man when it comes to love. He looks at the beautiful Ananya and obviously anyone should fall flat for her. This Santhu is nothing special for this beauty. He also falls flat. At the interval point we have a statement from Ananya that she has another match Deva (Shaam).

The feeling of Ananya is that it is because of her, parents died in a car accident. Had I accepted the proposal they would have lived is her notion. So, she wants to fulfill her parent’s last wish marrying Deva a close relative. Deva on the other hand has left all his nefarious activities for the sake of Ananya as life partner.

This love saga of 159 minutes in ‘Santhu Straightforward’ lead to happy ending is that you have to watch on the silver screen.

Yash looks grand, action is tremendous, dance is brilliant, and dialogue delivery is monotonous. Radhika Pandit is a beauty to watch on silver screen on any day. She has given a splendid performance. Shaam is appealing, Devaraj and Seetha adds extra credit. In the comedy track Girish deserves applaud.

One of the songs in the film – a pukka build up song has nine villains appearing on screen – three in a bunch in three stanzas. The Thangali… is best of the lost from V Harikrishna, Andrew cinematography is very pleasant to the eyes.

For Yash fans, this is a pre festival bonanza. A lavishly made film by Manju Cinemas is expensive one so far in his career.

Score – 4/5 ****

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