Interesting enough, the title of the film is the name of a board game in India. In AP, it is known as Ashta Chamma. Taken from Wiki,
This game is called by various names in different languages in different regions of India. This list shows the name, the language and then the region:
- Chauka Bara - Kannada - Mysuru region
- Katte Mane - Kannada - Rural Mysuru
- Gatta Mane - Kannada - Rural Mysuru
- Chakaara or Chakka - Kannada - North Karnataka
- Pakidakali-Malayalam-kerala region
- Ashta Chamma - Telugu - Andhra Pradesh
- Daayam or Thaayam - Tamil - Tamil Nadu
- Kaana Duaa - Hindi - Madhya Pradesh
So with that said, what's the significance of the board game title? It's for fun!! This film is full of laughter.
Because of Allu Arjun's wedding engagment, I was watching it at the right time. I was smiling and nodding my head, lol.
The film started off with angry fans who were pissed off that Mahesh and Namrata were getting married!
Wow, just wow!
I can finally witness all this happening when Allu Arjun gets married next year.
Rumors have have been circulating that he's marrying in February 2011 :D
Let's get "Reddy" for the angry fan protesting!!
Will I be one of them?
Not! I am happy for him! Seriously!
I would love to meet his wife :)
All I ask him to do is dedicate one song to me at the wedding and starts to do an item number for me :D
Or personally invite me to the wedding :P
All jokes aside, let's get on to to the film, Ashta Chamma.
Lavanya is the biggest Mahesh fan. EVER!
She has his posters plastered everywhere in her room.
When hearing about Mahesh's marriage to Namrata, she went slightly "crazy."
Her aunt had to come talk to her about her meltdown (as well as the state of AP).
Lavanya is okay with Mahesh's marriage and will get married. Under one condition!
The guy's name MUST be Mahesh! No exceptions!
Neighbor Anand is sick and tired of Lavanya's constantly playing Mahesh Babu's OST. Therefore, he must help find this "Mahesh" for her.
Anand wants to test their friendship off daily for a week to see if he is the perfect "Mahesh" for Lavanya.
Lavanya finally has her Mahesh???
Okay...there's more to the film than just that. Without spoilers or risking it, I thought I would just leave it at that. However, I cannot continue the review without introducing to you the main stars of the film!
Even though the film revolves around Lavanya, the film is actually told from Anand's point of view! His sense of humor is adorable.
Srinivas Avasarala plays the witty, funny Anand and his his debut film! He is just a natural. His looks reminds me so much of Rahul Bose, except he's tall!
I read that he will be in Orange with Charan and Genelia! I cannot wait since I like him a lot.
See! Look how tall Srini is next to his three co-stars??
Lavanya is the obsess Mahesh fan. She only wants to marry a guy whose name is Mahesh! No exceptions. Nada!
Colours Swati plays Lavanya. Her acting reminds me of Charmy. Both of them are sassy and humorous. In looks, she reminds me of Charmy too, with a hint of Kamalinee Mukherjee.
I want to see more of her. Looking up her filmography, her Tamil film, Subramaniyapuram, sounds very interesting!
Another interesting tidbit, Colours was suppose to play the supporting role. And Bhumika Chawla to play Lavanya but Bhumika couldn't do it so Lavanya got the lead role. Honestly, I can*not* imagine anyone else but Charmy play that role besides Colours!!
With the help of Anand, Lavanya will find her Mahesh! Mahesh is handsome, rich, and smart...and can dance!
Nani plays Mahesh. I really really like Nani. He's got the looks and the dancing down packed! I am surprise he doesn't have more offers and have to seek out more of his films!
Varalakshmi is the beautiful younger sister of Mahesh and Anand's love interest.
Bhargavi plays Varalakshi. She's gorgeous and I love her facial and eye expressions in the "Hello Antoo" song.
I wanted to see more of her but found sad news instead :( She was murdered by her boyfriend after the success of Ashta Chamma. It was a murder-suicide. RIP!
Other important, supporting stars....
Lavanya's aunt played by Jhansi
She is adorable!
Lavanya's aunt's BFF, Amritha
Anyone know who plays her? I really like her screen presence!
Ammaji helped raised Mahesh and Varalakshmi
Sharma (Tanikella Bharani), the priest has the hots for Ammaji :)
Songs! There's only four. Fun and entertaining to watch.
Song #1 - "Thidathaara"
Check out the cowboy hat!!
Song #2 - "Nammalo Ledho"
Mahesh and Lavanya in Love?
Beautiful song to watch!
Song #3 - "Hello Antoo"
Anand and Varalakshmi in love??
Looooove the retro look :D
Song #4 - "Aadinchi Ashta Chamma"
Lavanya pissed at Mahesh
Can't be happy forever?? ;P
I love the animated parts when the credits were rolling
Here's the frame freeze jumps that I find in another of Telugu films :D
Since it's a Superstar filled film, let's add on more!
Super Star Krishna
Power Star Palwan
The cute bromance with Anand and Mahesh is worth noting :D
So yessssss!!! Definitely worth a watch!
I love how all the characters of the film's stories come together in one. My only slight complaint would be the annoyance and stubborness of Lavanya towards the end. I think she loved the name Mahesh more than the actual person :D
To me, it's a fun film. Many people may overlook at the fact that it didn't have many "big" stars but with all the cute filmi references, why not? Watch it!