Punnami Naagu: assault on eyes, ears and patience (Telugu Film Review)

April 11th, 2009 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS  

By Maudgalyan
Film: “Punnami Naagu”; Cast: Mumait Khan, Rajeev Kanakala, Aditya Om, Suhasini, Nalini, Vinod Kumar, Nizhalgal Ravi; Music: S.A. Rajkumar; Cinematography: P.N. Babu; Direction: A. Kondandarami Reddy; Rating: *

Since the 70s, there have been countless films on ‘queen’ cobras avenging their male companions killed by cruel humans. This is yet another such venture.

A set of evil gangsters led by a character played by Nalini kill a snake for its mystical jewel.

Mumaith Khan plays both the part-human, part-snake role and that of a tattooed police officer’s sexy daughter.

From then on it is pure vendetta. The climax, on expected lines, convinces none.

Reddy’s archaic narration, Babu’s tepid cinematography and Rajkumar’s loud musical score are pure assaults on the audiences’ eyes, ears and patience.

Suhasini lends some decency to the proceedings, but has too minor a role.

The plump Nalini looks adequately menacing, but since the whole movie is meaningless, the effort fails to impress.

Ravi, Vinod Kumar and Om have been accorded mere walk-on parts.

The script, dialogue and lyrics are distilled drivel.

The graphics - essential parts of every commercial potboiler, belong to the prehistoric era.

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