Cast: Avasarala Srinivas, Ruhani Sharma, Rohini, Sivannarayana, Ramana Bhargava, Krishna Bhagwan, Jabardasth Raghava and others.
Music: Shaktikanth Karthik
Writer: Avasarala Srinivas
Producers: Sirish, Rajeev Reddy, Saibaba Jagarlamudi
Direction: Rachakonda Vidyasagar
Talented actor and filmmaker Avasarala Srinivas is known for playing important roles most of the time. He played the lead in 'Babu Baga Busy' which was an adult comedy. The film did not work out but he became a lead once again with clean family entertainer like '101 Jillala Andagaadu'. The promos attracted a lot of people and the film has hit the screens today. Let us dive into the review to know more about the film.
Gutti Surya Narayana alias GSN (Avasarala) works at an Infra company. While his life seems to be going smoothly, he has an inferiority complex as he loses a lot of hair at a very young age. He manages to hid it with a wig but he falls in love with a new employee named Anjali (Ruhani Sharma). At a time when their love gets serious and is leading towards the next step, Anjali finds out that GSN has a bald head. What happens after this? Will Anjali love him after knowing the truth or not forms the rest of the story
Heroine falling for a guy who suffers from severe hair fall and becomes bald at a very young age might be a new story in Tollywood but people who might have watched Bollywood films like 'Bala' and 'Ughda Chaman' might guess what happens next. That doesn't mean that '101 Jillala Andagaadu' is a straight copy as the film has some good entertaining moments. There is an instance where the heroine goes to the hero's house and rings the calling bell. Hero opens the door by forgetting that he doesn't have a wig. After looking at him, she calls her uncle and asks for the hero. This scene will definitely bring the house down. There are some good sequences in that film which provide good entertainment but there aren't enough of such scenes. The promos promised a lot of feeling but barring a few, there are not many entertaining moments and things get heavy after a while in the second half. With this, the film falls a bit short of the expectations.
Some scenarios may appear funny for outsiders but it is quite hard for the people who face them. '101 Jillala Andagaadu' tries to explain the story from the outsiders' point of view in the first half which provides some entertaining moments and after a while, they tried to showcase the side of the hero who faces inferiority complex because of his bald head. It is quite tough to narrate a two-hour-long film with such a thin story. Some of the scenes are a bit repetitive and it is the main problem of '101 Jillala Andagaadu'.
There are a lot of run-of-the-mill scenes in the movie and things slow down a lot in the second half. There are a lot of sequences that were dragged to no end and the hero's sister's marriage stands as an example for that. There is no scope for a lot of entertainment in the second half but some emotional sequences worked out quite well at the end. While the overall concept is fine, the execution could've been better and this film may not cater to all sections of the audience.
Avasarala Srinivas did a good job. He tried to lift a lot of regular scenes with his fine acting skills. He performed a character with two shades with ease and he excelled in the comedy scenes. He managed the emotional scenes with the same finesse. Ruhani Sharma impressed with her act in this film after her debut flick 'Chi La Sow'. She suited perfectly for the role. Rohini did a decent job as usual and Ramana Bhargava made his presence felt despite limited screen time. Hero's friend was exceptional and the rest of the characters were fine.
Shaktikanth Karthik failed to make his mark. He couldn't repeat the same magic of 'Fidaa' and songs are passable, to say the least. His background score is decent. The camera work is okay and the production values are quite ordinary despite Dil Raju and Krishna being the producers. Avasarala's dialogues worked out well despite having a few double-meaning dialogues here and there. Rachakonda Srinivas tried to narrate a simple story in an engaging manner but the proceedings were too slow. The screenplay left a lot to be desired.
Verdict: 101 Jillala Andagaadu - Not Good Enough!