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Iqbal (इक्बाल) 2005

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Release Date01-January-1991
Saradaga Ammayitho is a rotten old story which is narrated in a stale fashion, albeit an overdose of double entendre is good enough to at least keep the frontbenchers from staging a walkout. A flirt being converted by a girl who teaches him the value of love is not new. However, the director adds a spin by coining the dimension of psychoanalysis and it proves to be such a risky idea that the best treatment (that is, story treatment) would not have fetched him anything more than critical applause.

Varun and 'sandesh' go together these days. In Neelakantha's 'Chammak Challo', he taught the men that fantasy is nothing and that the girl with the girl-next-door looks is whom we will/should actually end up marrying. In 'Priyatama Neevachata Kushalama', his message was that forgiving the girl who backstabs and wholeheartedly seeking her good, is the true mark of a lover. The latest 'sandesh' he brings us is both preachy and has been told in a hackneyed way.

The director's obsession is worse than the OCD that Varun's character suffers from. The imaginative double entendres and the slapstick voyeurism is so in-your-face that it looked like a covert invitation to the male audience to see in every women in the film, including the honorable heroine, a commodity. A pathology associated with our cinema is that the 'sandesh' would be merely incidental and the real dash is sleaze.Let us begin with the craziest idea: Suman, the sexologist, unconsciously inculcates the idea that Sex Is Life's Gist in his son. The son grows to be a compulsive fling and one fine day talks like a brute with a father, a mother and their daughter.Sometime later, he bumps into Geeta (Nisha Agarwal) and develops a special lust for her. It is lust at first sight, lust at second sight and so on. The script is so unrefined and unintelligent that it is difficult to tell Varun's lust from his new-born love until he explicitly says that he is in love.

The playboy unknowingly undergoes treatment supposedly to be rid of his OCD, but the unsuspecting audience painfully realizes much later that by making something conditional so as to prevent the patient from hankering after the unreal world is not therapy; after all, where was Varun disillusioned when the world of his fantasy was presented to him? If anything, he made merry and behaved more intelligently than the doctor herself by ordering for himself the needed medicine.

The rest of the film is how the director fails to convince us that he is capable of creating an illusionary link between psychoanalysis and his otherwise empty story.
BannerKamadhenu Creations
DirectorE.V.V. Satyanarayana
WriterSatyanarayana E. V. V., Sriram L. B.
Music DirectorRajan Nagendra
CinematographyV. Srinivas Reddy
Film EditingK. Ravindra Babu
Art Director
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback SingersS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S. Chitra, S. Janaki, S. P. Sailaja, Ramesh
Appa Rao (Rajendra Prasad) is a bachelor who manages every day by living off the loans he takes from others. He manages to coerce the local MLA Nadendla Anjaiah (Babu Mohan) into promising for repaying his debts in exchange for the votes in Anjaiah's favor from the debtors of Appa Rao. One night, he meets a lady constable Subba Lakshmi (Shobana) who slaps him for trying to protect some rowdies who tried to molest her. They meet again and spar with each other, this time over a lottery ticket for Rs. 10 lakhs, and end up tearing the ticket. The seller (Ali) refuses to take it back instead advises them to keep the two halves with them so that if they win the lottery they could share the prize money. As luck would have it, their ticket wins the lottery and Appa Rao fakes a story about his family troubles to retrieve the other half of the ticket from Subba Lakshmi. Though aware of the pretense of Appa Rao, she gives away the other half as she comes to know that the ticket didn't win the lottery and it was mistakenly printed in the newspaper earlier. Appa Rao later realises the same and confronts her, but she tells him that she sacrificed her ticket as she believed his story. As a result, Appa Rao falls in love with her and overcome by emotion, also tries to kiss her, but she slaps him for the second time. Subba Lakshmi also falls in love with Appa Rao.
Appa Rao meets an astrologer Shastri (Brahmanandam), who foretells him that he could inherit huge sums of money if he marries a woman who slapped him thrice. Appa Rao reveals to Shastri about his encounters with Subba Lakshmi and Shastri tells him that he would marry her. Just as he finishes his statement, enter Iron Leg Shastri (Ironleg Sastri), who so influences the prophecy of his brother that whatever his brother foretells, it turns out to be the opposite way. He tells Appa Rao that Subba Lakshmi would die as his brother had intruded into the scene. However, he tells Appa Rao that he could avoid this bad omen if he married a dying woman. His initial attempts go in vain. Finally, he accidentally meets Ammaji in a temple and convinces her into marrying him with her dying elder daughter, Bangari (Sindhuja). However his plans turn upside down after marriage after he realises that he was tricked into this marriage by Ammaji. Appa Rao plans to have divorce from Bangari but Ammaji puts a condition that, before taking divorce, he should marry off all her daughters. With the help of Subba Lakshmi, whom he manages to convince about his marriage with Bangari, he is able to arrange the marriage of his sisters-in-law at the same time. After the marriages, Ammaji requests Appa Rao to reconsider his decision of taking divorce, but to no avail. Finally, Subba Lakshmi is revealed to be the eldest daughter of Ammaji and Appa Rao ends up marrying both Subba Lakshmi and Bangari.
Viki KartoosHarman Baweja
ParikhHarsh Chhaya
LakwaSunny Deol
Viki's DadRajit Kapoor
MeeraAyesha Khanna
Mota TonyPrashant Narayanan
Iqbal KhalifaSumeet Nijhawan
Nawab KhanAditya Pancholi
Item GirlShilpa Shetty
Rocky ChuAnand Tiwari
GujjarRajesh Vivek
KetanHasan Zaidi
KetanHasan Zaidi

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