A young lawyer strives to remove the death sentence from the judicial system. With support from his mentor, he devises an ingenious plan. When the plan goes terribly wrong halfway through, he has to race against time to save his own life.


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Cast overview:
Chiranjeevi ...
Radhika Sarathkumar ...
Archana (as Raadhika)
Raogopalrao ...
Sarvothama Rao
Rallapalli ...
Maruthirao Gollapudi ...
Bheema Raju ...
Bheemeswara Rao / Dara Singh
Rajyalakshmi ...


A young lawyer strives to remove the death sentence from the judicial system. With support from his mentor, he devises an ingenious plan. When the plan goes terribly wrong halfway through, he has to race against time to save his own life.

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A movie for abolishing the Death Sentence
22 February 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

First in the series of Yandamoori-AKR-Chiru combination, this film was a run a way hit during that time. This story was based on an unique point of removing section 302 from Indian Penal Code, which sentences death. Struggling lawyer Chiranjeevi(chiru himself), lives with his roommate (Allu Aravind) and dreams of removing IPC section 302.Reason behind his determination was his father's death sentence under 302, for adultery, which he didn't commit. Famous criminal lawyer in that city, Viswanatham(Rao GopalRao) sends an invitation to every famous lawyer for a party at his place, and by his secretary's mistake one invitation reaches Chiru and he gets a chance to meet Viswanatham and express his idea about IPC 302. He also meets Viswanatham's niece Archana(Radhika) at the party and falls in love with her.When their love starts blossoming, after a couple of duets, Archana has to attend a meeting in another country and she leaves for few days.During this time Chiru plans a fake murder, in which he will trap himself and gets death sentence.According to his plan, Viswanatham will show original pics of the dead body to the governor at the last moment and rescue chiru.Then, both wanted to file a petition in supreme court against IPC 302. Everything works fine. They manage a lady's dead body and Chiru is sentenced to death.In Jail, guard Ganapathi(Rallapalli) is surprised to see Chiru happy before his death.Just a night before chiru's hanging, Viswanatham on his way to meet governor, meets with an accident.Tense Chiru reveals everything to Ganapthi and pleads for his help.Archana who returns and hates him for rape and murder, now sets off to help him out after realizing the truth through Ganapathi. After a night long struggle, they manage to get in touch with Viswanatham, who is alive and in hospital. They get the original photos and in the last moment Chiru is saved from being hanged. But the story doesn't end happily here. Viswanatham throws a party to celebrate chiru's success and announces chiru-archana's engagement.During this party a drunkard(Gollapudi) drags Chiru out of the party and Archana gets suspicious about their secret talk.She follows Chiru. Meanwhile Chiru still believes that the dead body he used for plan was not natural death, but she was killed by someone. Postmortem report shows that she was killed by a guy with four fingers on one hand.Archana remembers a goon, who attacked her, when she reached him to find out the source of dead body.Chiru reveals that he bought that body from that four fingered goon. Mystery slowly unfolds much to the surprise of viewers that, the lady who was killed was none other than, Viswanatham's daughter from his extra-marital relationship. Viswnatham is arrested and lawyer Chiranjeevi files a petition against IPC section 302.Well adapted by Kodanda Rami Reddy from the original novel, also titled Abhilasha,It also had good music by Illayaraja. Illayaraja composed foot tapping numbers and especially, the second song Navvindi mallechendu, was a trend setter, with fast paced music and matching lyrics.Chiru danced his way into hearts of millions of fans and was recognized as a dancing actor with this movie.

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