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By the abysmal or non-existent standards of Telugu films, Aithe (2003) is a decent movie.
Truth be said, it’s hard to believe those unschooled Tollywood louts made this film.
Whether this movie is just an aberration, the side-effect of a solar eclipse or a radiation leak, we’d say kudos to Chandrashekar Yeleti.
For the benefit of our semi-literate schmuck readers, Yeleti is the director of Aithe and also credited for the story and screenplay.
If Aithe proves anything, it’s that you don’t need those hideous clowns Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and their simian peers to make a decent Telugu movie.
Au contraire, your chances of making a watchable Telugu film increases exponentially if you fling Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi, Jagapati Babu, Allu Arjun, Rana, Kajal Agarwal, Pee-a-mani et al into the nearest cesspool which is where they, of course, belong.
To Yeleti’s credit, he eschews the familiar claptrap of Indian movies – love – and fashions a nice crime thriller with a couple of neat twists.
For fear of spoiling your enjoyment, we won’t discuss much of the story but we’ll tell you it focuses on a bunch of youngsters who in desperation see crime as the only way out of their serious financial woes.
The youngsters played by Mohit, Shashank, Janardhan and Abhishek do not set the screen ablaze with dazzling performances but do an adequate job.
Pawan Malhotra as the criminal Irrfan Khan and Veerendra Choudhan as his henchman Musharaff are impressive. We’d love to see more of them.
In our not-so-humble opinion, the jarring notes in Aithe were that moron Sindhu Tolani and the needless song. Both added nothing to the film. We’d say they detracted from the overall pleasure.
Also, the story tended to drag a bit in the second half in the forest scenes.
And on occasion, the thriller even turned comical. But since our protagonists are not career criminals but bumbling tyros, we suppose that’s excusable.
If you live in the U.S., you can rent Aithe from Netflix. Not to worry, if Telugu is not your native language since the movie comes with English subtitles.
Of one thing you can be sure, we’ll be watching Chandrashekar Yeleti‘s funny sounding Anukokunda Oka Roju soon.