Pappu is not an underdog at the box-office but it is
definitely a pleasant surprise. The first half of the film is boring
but the prelude before the interval when Subbaraju arrives, brings the
enthusiasm in the story and narration. The characters have Laurel and
Hardy resemblances just not by physique but in action too. The hero
Pappu (Krishnudu) suffers from a misfortune, everything he aims for
eludes him in the nth minute so when his boss's daughter Radha
(Deepika) is kidnapped, the boss is advised to send Pappu, or accost
Ram a CID officer to trace her to nullify the bad effects in Radha's
horoscope. Pappu though is used as a pawn emerges the winner, a
favourite of everyone and all's well that ends well.
Lingaraju owes his rags to riches story to a Swamiji, he seldom
uses his brain when there is a problem and so when his daughter is
kidnapped he goes to the Swamiji. Uttej plays Lingaraju's favourite
employee and he is giving away the clues to the villains. The first
half introduces the characters and elaborates a little too much on
Krishnudu. There is a mass jig by Krishnudu, and he has by far let off
his plastic expressions. He has clearly stopped depending on his weight
to do the performance, and there is visibility, by each film he's
improving. The director has put in effort, shows traces of talent,
there is freshness in the film that has Krishnudu playing the lead
Subbaraju steps in to lead and overshadow Krishnudu but the
story is smartly handled to give the hero his due place. The chemistry
between Subbaraju and Krishnudu is effusive, pleasant and the
camaraderie comes through. But the climax is very
Manmohandesaiisque..Deepika, a debutante like all girls doesn't get to
do much in the film except running, smiling or looking tired but for
the first film she did a reasonably good job, though she needs to
improvise on lot more. Her looks doesn't suit the telugu story.
What makes the second half of the story interesting is the way
the comic dialogues have been interspersed, they aren't very
intelligent but just natural and spontaneous. Gundu Hanumantha Rao's
lines are clichéd. The chase drags towards the end and the director is
tempted to give into a commercial touch. The music brings the story
alive, Phani Kalyan who comes from AR Rehman School has the potential.
The dubbing for Deepika is lethargic, there is plenty of gap between
the voice and the lip, it doesn't sync.
The movie is a good time pass, kids might enjoy it, especially
the butterfly catching scene, joke on flatulence and some juvenile
sequences..as there isn't anything embarrassing, the title is
justified..makes a good watch if you have nothing else to do.