Punchline: mass attempt by class director
Genre: Love
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Art Creations
Cast: Prabhas, Sridevi, Revathy, Siva Krishna, K Ashok Kumar, Krishna, C Kalyan, Brahmanandam, Hanumanthu and Hari krishna
Lyrics: Sirivennela
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Music: RP Patnaik
Photography: Jawahar Reddy
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Art: Krishna
Story: Deena Raj
Screenplay – Direction: Jayant C Paranji
Producer: K Ashok Kumar
Release date: 11th November 2002


Telugu film industry discovers a talented good-looking mass hero in Prabhas with this film. Prabhas looks pretty natural and manly. He has natural flair for acting. But he imitated Amir Khan for some mannerisms and body language in a few lighter vein scenes. He efficiently adapted some of the mannerisms of Manoj Bajpai (biting his twisted tongue out while making his eyes smaller) and Vivek Oberoi (making his eyes bigger to give an intense ruffian look). He is well built and can dance at ease. His Telangana diction in the movie is not impressive enough.


Eeswar (Prabhas) is a motherless child and brat living in Dhoolpet, a slum area in Old City. Eeswar’s father (Siva Krishna) manufactures Gudumba with the help of neighborhood people. Eeswar falls in love at first sight when he sees a college going beauty Indu (Sridevi). In the meantime, Eeswar’s father marries Sujatha (Revathi), who has been waiting for him for the past 20 years so that she can be a good mother to Eeswar. Eeswar hates his stepmother thinking that his father married her to enjoy worldly pleasures. Meanwhile, Indu’s father turns out to be a local MLA (Ashok Kumar) who hates poor. Local MLA sends goons to Eeswar to finish him off. What follows next forms the second half of the film.