Title : Hello
CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time : 2 Hrs 13 Mins
Release Date : 22-12-2017
Banner : Annapurna Studios, Manam Enterprises
Cast : Akhil Akkineni, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Ramya Krishna, Jagapathy Babu, Ajay and Others
Music : Anup Rubens
DOP : P.S.Vinod
Producer : Akkineni Nagarjuna
Written & Directed By : Vikram K Kumar
Seenu (Master Mikail Gandhi) and Junnu are developing a cute little friendship at a very early age. They love each other’s company but are separated when the father of Junnu is transferred. Seenu meanwhile is adopted by Prakash and Sarojini and rechristened as Avinash (Akhil). After years of wait, finally, Avinash (Akhil) gets information about Junnu. But his phone is stolen immediately? The chase of a lifetime begins for Avinash (Akhil) to find the number and say Hello? Did he succeed?
Akkineni Akhil had already made a confident debut with Akhil. With his second outing, he makes fans forget all the wait with a performance that shows his maturity in the time that went by. He makes us for the time lost with Hello by delivering a memorable performance. Three different things are highlighted in Hello. Akhil stamped his authority in fights and dances. With his Parkour stunts Akhil seems like a proffessional on par with Hollywood action heroes. With his voice, Akhil scored 100% as a singer too. There were simple moments, but he did with a lot of grace. Akhil’s scenes with senior artists like Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu show his emotional depth. The guy next door performance stood out with the heroine. Overall, Hello is a perfect commercial packaging for Akhil that shows he is here for the long haul.
Kalyani Priyadarshan makes a confident and composed debut in Hello. She is charming and has an expressive face. The emotions are rightly carried in essential scenes throughout the film. The little that we saw of her dance is also good.
Jagapathi Babu and Ramya Krishna, are a senior artist and they show their experience via the characters. The little gestures like shaking heads, movements of eyes tell a lot with uttering words. Ajay is fine in the few scenes he is present.
Scenes between Akhil-Kalyani
Screenplay & Direction
Rich Production Values
Slow narration at times
Director Vikram K Kumar is back with a new outing after impression the Telugu audience with Ishq, Manam and 24. His latest film Hello is also no different from his rest and this one too impresses us big time.
Right from the starting titles with the voice-over by Akkineni Nagarjuna a spellbinding effect is created which ends in the star literally spelling out magic at the end. Vikram Kumar magically creates everything that has happened in between, and it is the destiny of Akhil to be part of it.
The action begins right after the completion of the first song, and with it also starts a beautiful and heart-warming friendship tale between two kids. The narration is always smooth with no scenes looking like the extra. Every scene has a meaning and purpose in the outcome. Each small detail is utilized wonderfully in the screenplay. Few examples would be the usage of theme music, the pani-puri thread, a diamond ring sequence involving Jagapthi Babu and Ramya and how it gets smoothly merged into the main track. These are few excerpts of the beautiful screenplay that is at the display.In the end, the climax makes everything come together beautifully, and emotions flow creating a magic only a well-made cinema can. Hello is a winner and perfect re-launch for Akhil.
The music by Anup Rubens is excellent. The background score is even better and helps in keeping alive the crisp and racy nature of the film. PS Vinod’s cinematography is extraordinary. There is a slick international look in action scenes. The editing is terrific. And, most important of all, the production values from Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Annapurna Studios is fabulous. It is the costliest film under the banner, and each frame makes us believe that. Nagarjuna must be appreciated for backing such a subject in the best way possible.Once again, King Akkineni Nagarjuna has scored a hit after announcing it. A special congratulation is also deserved for making a wholesome, feel-good love story that can be watched by entire family on 'Manam Enterprises' Banner, named after Legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao gari's last outing 'Manam'.
Bottom-line: The Feel-Good Movie Of The Year