Title: Anni Manchi Sakunamule
CBFC Rating: U
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 34 Mins
Release Date: 18-05-2023
Banner: Swapna Cinema, Mitravinda Movies
Cast: Santosh Soban, Malvika Nair, Rajendra Prasad, Gouthami, Urvasi, Naresh VK, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, and Others
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography: Sunny Kurapati, Richard Prasad
Editor: Junaid Siddiqui
Dialogues: Lakshmi Bhupala
Producer: Priyanka Dutt
Written & Directed By: B.V. Nandini Reddy
Santosh Soban is a young hero trying to prove his mettle with feel-good entertainers. Nandini Reddy is a popular director who can showcase sensible emotions effectively in a class manner. Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt of Swapna Cinema are known for their knack for delivering quality cinema. When these three collaborated along with actress talented Malvika Nair and a bunch of other skilled seasoned actors. Positive vibes are bound to be felt about the project, like the title ‘Anni Manchi Sakunamule’. The film hit the screens today. Let’s check out the review.
The story is about two families headed by Prasad (Rajendra Prasad) and Sudhakar (Naresh) who inherit the age-old rivalry and legal tangles, and how the current generation Rishi (Santosh Soban) and Arya (Malvika Nair) try to overcome it. Where their childhood relationship leads to and how Arya’s father Sudhakar, his brother Divakar (Rao Ramesh), Rishi’s father Prasad, mother Meenakshi (Gautami), Dr. Jagadamba (Urvasi) are connected to it and what is the birth secret form the interesting part of the film.
Santosh Soban’s role is a happy-go-lucky guy who he usually did in his other films. He is apt in his boy-next-door role. His cool and jovial act helped to ensure the free flow of proceedings. His performances during emotional scenes bring depth.
Malvika Nair is well-cast in a role that carries importance in the film. She impresses with her performance throughout. Her settled acting in the given role adds more value to the film.
The film has supporting roles played by Naresh, Rajendra Prasad, and Rao Ramesh effectively. Actress Gautami in a key role brings depth to the movie. Vennela Kishore is hilarious and other artists are adequate in their supporting roles.
Lengthy Runtime Tests Patience
Old Fashioned Treatment Of Emotions
Nandini Reddy this time came up with a feel-good family entertainer which is her strong forte. Though the basic premise and setup are apt for such a genre. Nandini fumbled while narrating it effectively with the lousy screenplay. The narration is so slow, that despite the impactful performances from the seasoned actors, It becomes tiresome while watching it on the screen.
Right from beginning to end, the narration treads a predictable format. The film heavily invests in emotional performances but in the process, they failed to realize that even impactful performances fail to create impact with a wafer-thin story.
Emotions do work out at times and scenes during the pre-climax and the climax leave the desired impact and are executed well. Mickey J Meyer’s music is melodious. All the songs are soothing and shot in a beautiful way. His background music is in sync with the storyline. Sunny Kurapati and Richard Prasad did a good job as cinematographers as the visuals are beautiful and pleasant. Junaid Siddique’s editing is ok but he could have chopped a few scenes to avoid the lags in the narration. Lakshmi Bhupala’s dialogues are emotional, and heart-touching. Production values of Swapna Cinema and Mitravinda Movies are top-notch.
Rating: 3 / 5
Bottom-line: Feel Good Emotions But Old Fashioned Treatment