Title: 24 Kisses
CBFC Rating : A
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 23 Mins
Release Date: 23-11-2018
Banner: Silly Monks, Respect Creations
Cast: Hebah Patel, Adith Arun, Naresh, Rao Ramesh and Others
Music: Joi Barua
Cinematography: Uday Gurrala
Producer: Sanjay Reddy
Written & Directed by Ayodhya Kumar Krishnamsetty
A National Award winning filmmaker Anand (Adith Arun) falls in love with Sri Lakshmi (Hebah Patel), an upcoming student of filmmaking. Srilakshmi (Hebah Patel) follows Anand (Adith Arun) all the way. This love leaves Anand frustrated, and he visits a psychiatrist Murthy (Rao Ramesh) to clear his mind. What happens with interaction with the psychiatrist and where the story ends, is the basic story of the film.
Adith Arun mouths dialogue plainly without much effort in the dialogues to ring conviction to the act. The love scenes feel alright, but the dramatic and emotional ones, lack depth and hence the impact. Hebah Patel is decent and good for the role. She has lost the shock value and freshness at this point which makes her act passable. Aditi Myakal looks lovely and is given a different sort of character than what she gets usually. Sadly, it’s a brief part that makes an appearance only sporadically. Naresh and Rao Ramesh are the senior artists who do their jobs clinically and effortlessly. Again, their characters lack proper graph as they move in and out randomly. The rest of the actors are wasted.
Snail Paced Screenplay
Making a commercial film with romance and drama is different from making a movie with a serious issue and passing a message. The latter can also be done commercially, but it requires a different sort of skills that Ayodhya Kumar Krishnamsetty lacks. The directorial vision is what costs 24 Kisses as it moves uncomfortably between commercial elements and serious issue.
Both the halves go on and on, without not much actual progress regarding the story. It is only towards the end that we get some clarity as to why the hero is behaving that way. At least, if that was inculcated adequately in the narrative maybe then the whole experience could have been different. The characterization of the hero is where the film falls flat. It is unconvincing from the word go. It required a lot of depth and persona which are missing here. The angst and romance that is mixed in character are not at all appropriately presented.
Music by Joi Barua is decent, but it is overdone. Not all the songs feel necessary, and they only add to the length. Uday Gurrala’s cinematography is alright. Editing by Aalayam Anil is a big minus. The makers seem to have the right idea, and they should be appreciated for it, but the final output is a big disappointment.
Bottom-line: Big Bore