‘Prasanna Vadanam’ Movie Review

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Movie: Prasanna Vadanam

Release Date: 03-05-2024
Cast: Suhas, Payal Radhakrishna, Rashi Singh, Viva Harsha
Director: Arjun YK
Music: Vijay Bulganin
Editing: Karthika Srinivas
Cinematography: S Chandrasekharan
Producer: Manikanta JS,Reddy Prasad TR
Banners: Little Thoughts Cinemas and Arha Media

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Versatile actor Suhas, who is growing with each film is now coming with a thriller ‘Prasanna Vadanam’.  Directed by Arjun YK, a protégé of Sukumar, Prasanna Vadanam generated curiosity with its core point, face blindness. It also succeeded in drawing attention of the audiences along with intriguing teaser and trailer. ‘Prasanna Vadanam’ hits the theatres on May 3rd. Let’s see how the film turns out to be on the silver screen.

Story:

Surya (Suhas), is a radio jockey, who lost his parents early in life along with losing the ability to identify faces of people. His life takes an unexpected turn when he becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation. The unfolding events and his subsequent escape from this predicament, along with the roles played by Adya (Payal Radhakrishna), his friend Vignesh (Viva Harsha), and ACP Vaidehi (Rashi Singh), forms the crux of the story.

Performances:

Suhas standa as the main highlight of the film delivering a terrific performance portraying a character afflicted with a rare disorder, face blindness, struggling to recognize even the voices of those around him. He perfectly portrayed expressions, emotions, dialogue delivery, and mannerisms. He strikes a perfect balance between comedy and playing emotions.

Payal Radhakrishna effectively portrayed her character. She fits well into her role. Scenes between Suhas and Payal provide comic relief. Rashi Singh as ACP Vaidehi steals the show with her impactful mannerisms and dialogue delivery. Others like Viva Harsha, Nandu and Nithin Prasanna in a key role did a commendable job staying true to their respective roles.

Highlights:

Suhas 

Raashi Singh

Plot

Twists

Second Half 

Drawbacks:

Initial Portions Of The Film

Slow pace At Times

Analysis:

As his debut film, Arjun YK came up with ‘Prasanna Vadanam’ , a thriller with a unique twist, exploring the concept of face blindness. This novel premise immediately captured the interest of audience. Arjun maintains a deliberate pace in the first half, focusing on developing the characters, particularly Suhas and his friends, as well as delving into his romantic relationship and the nuances of his rare disorder. Slowly the plot thickens and The interval twist takes everyone by surprise as the central plot point is unveiled.

The second half then unfolds to depict how Suhas navigates his way out of the situation. The compelling narrative style keeps audiences engaged. Even though the flashback portions itself reveals the true killer, the way the hero fights out from his situation and the way the twists are revealed adds to the intrigue, although some may find the inconclusive ending a bit disappointing. Overall, with neatly executed twists and turns and a commendable second half, ‘Prasanna Vadanam’ delivers.

Vijay Bulganin’s background score is  breathtaking, especially in the second half, which enhances the viewing experience. Karthika Srinivas’s editing is adequate. S. Chandrasekharan’s cinematography is impressive, with rich visuals that enhance the overall aesthetic. The production values are high, maintaining excellent quality throughout the film. Producer Manikanta deserves appreciation for backing such unique idea and for providing all resources to make it as a rich compelling thriller.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Bottom-line: A Well Executed Intriguing Thriller

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