Title: Kousalya Krishnamurthy
CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 29 Mins
Release Date: 23-08-2019
Banner: Creative Commercials
Presented by: KS Rama Rao
Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajendra Prasad, Siva Karthikeyan (Special Role), Karthik Raju, Jhansi, CVL Narasimha Rao, Vennela Kishore, ‘Rangasthalam’ Mahesh, Vishnu (Taxiwala fame), Raviprakash and others.
Music: Dhibu Ninan Thomas
Cinematography: I Andrew
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Producers: KA Vallabha
Directed by Bheemaneni Srinivasa Rao
Krishnamurthy (Rajendra Prasad) is a farmer who loves his farming as much as cricket. His cricketing madness is especially passed on to daughter Kousalya (Aishwarya Rajesh). What are the odds she faces and how Kousalya Krishnamurthy overcomes them all is the basic story. The farming angle is neatly blended into it as well.
Aishwarya Rajesh makes her Telugu film industry debut with Kousalya Krishnamurthy. She is born to play the part and she lives in the roles of a village girl who loves her father and an ambitious cricketer as if it’s her first time. Her hard work is evident in depicting the body language of a professional cricketer. The freshness of the role is maintained despite her doing it the second time. There are many memorable scenes, but the climax stands out for all the right reasons.
Senior actor Rajendra Prasad is on a roll with one substantial part after another. Here he comes again with another such act. The role of Krishnamurthy is tailor-made for him, and he portrays it excellently. It has so many emotional moments that tug out hearts. His performance during the crop loss stands out and later there are many throughout the film. The moving block just before climax is another memorable moment.
Siva Karthikeyan in a special role is competent and provides the much-needed boost narrative-wise. It is a well-timed and acted part, script-wise. Besides those leading characters, there is Jhansi who gets a dominant role. The actress comes up with a different yet convincing act of stubborn yet caring village women. Karthik Raju suits well in the role of a village boy who loves Kousalya and cares for her. Apart from them, there are Vennela Kishore, Ravi Prakash, Mahesh, Vishnu essayed their parts that fill the narrative with familiar warmth.
Not much apart from feeling a bit formulaic at times
Director Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao is known for coming up with a wide variety of subjects even if some happen to remakes. He knows the pulse of the local audience and makes sure the nativity is brought out correctly in the remakes. Kousalya Krishnamurthy is another prime example of Bheemineni Srinivas Rao’s effortless relocation of the milieu to suit the local tastes. Right from the start, the feel of the original is carried with an evident Telugu touch seen through it.
‘Kousalya Krishnamurthy’ has more than enough content to engage. We are into the story within ten minutes, and the screenplay and execution take care of the rest. The first half ends on a promising note pressing all the essential emotions. However, it is the second half where the heart of the movie lies. The tough part of making a dream come true and simultaneously, the heart-breaking situation of the farmers is beautifully captured. They are sure to strike an emotional chord.
The climax is perfectly executed, giving the right high after all the emotional turmoil the lead characters have gone through. There is a sense of fulfillment, and that is the victory of the movie.
The music for the movie is given by Dhibu Ninan Thomas. The songs are situational but loveable. The background score is powerfully rousing when required. The cinematography by I Andrew is neat. He excellently captures the village’s nativity. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is sharp and keeps the narrative smoothly paced throughout. Dialogues by Hanuman Chowdary are impressive. The story, writing by Arunraja Kamaraj is superb.
Producer KS Rama Rao’s Creative Commercial is a legendary banner that has given many classics. Kousalya Krishnamurthy is another fantastic addition to the list. The production values are fab but more than that it takes guts to back a hard-hitting and message oriented content like Kousalya Krishnamurthy. KS Rama Rao and KA Vallabha deserve kudos for that alone.
Bottom line: Heart Touching & Inspiring Sports Drama