Urbane Woman from urban India and a small town guy who derives pleasure from small things. What happens when their worlds clash? Or interfere with each other?
Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna
Love is the beautiful and colourful fringes formed when two souls form an interference. Bhanumathi is the alter ego of all the modern day urban women who wants to lead an independent life and are driven when it comes to their career. As such she is a corporate employee who’s at the top of the pile of her class. She thinks she can do anything and gets her way for the most part because... you know it! She’s at the top of her pile.
She’s obviously in a relationship with a man of her choice. No. Not love. It’s a relationship which might not be physical yet. But he dumps her for a younger woman. Bhanumathi is 30 something after all. Being a mature woman and one who harbours ego, Bhanumathi doesn’t show much of pain outwardly but we can see the pattern of a mental stress. She goes on a shopping spree, declares her virtues unnecessarily and then even try blind dates.
All this is established in a brilliantly breezy manner. Then our hero Ramakrishna. He’s from a small town (for detail, they mention it’s Tenali - means he has a different kind of sense of humour) and derives pleasures from being a family man and his familial ties. He loves to spend his time with his mother on a festival day and make it a memorable outing than running after every consumer exploiting business to spend his hard earned cash. He believes in pleasures of life rather than giving pleasure to life.
And we know what happens next when he enters Bhanumathi’s world as her assistant. So, rather than talking about it, just tap on Aha icon on your favourite and convenient device and watch the film.
Salony Luthra is good in the role of Bhanumathi - of course, it is the name of the ultimate independent woman in South Indian Cinema. She didn’t over do a bit except in a few places (which we can ignore) and her histrionics are in sync with her dialogue delivery. She has good screen presence (and dubbing is good). In an author backed role, she made most out of the opportunity. She’s cold. She’s irritable. She’s come across as one whom we love to hate. But still we like her for what she is. She’s strong and vulnerable at the same time. Charms of uncomplicated writing.
Naveen Chandra is one of the highly talented fringe actors in Tollywood who can excel in any role of substance. He exuded small town charm and brought authenticity to his role. His comic timing is also good. He’s a perfect foil for Salony Luthra. He has displayed a range of emotions as required by his role and is perfect as Ramakrishna - name is a tribute to the original Bhanumathi’s better half and a noted producer. Harsha Chemudu is neat in his comic role. Many of modern day bachelors can identify themselves with his character.
Writing and direction
The biggest plus point of this film is writing. It’s so natural and the scenes are organic in their flow. The narration is simply superb. The way he reminds us of the inner turmoils of the lead actors by showing the outer world snubs they face is too good. For example, Bhanu’s flat mates are a reminder of the life she’s missing. Romance, pleasures of being together with opposite sex. Having someone who can look after her. Or wait for her. Or make her wait.
Same is the case with Ramakrishna. He’s happy. He’s content. But he’s a bit older than those around him. And still not into the life of settling down. While Bhanumathi’s mother constantly reminds her of her physical appearance which has taken a toll post her breakup and telling her it’d be tough to find matches even if she wants to, younger friends of Ramakrishna makes fun of him directly or indirectly as he’s on the wrong side of 30.
Though the film is shorter in runtime (92 minutes - like that of a Hollywood studio accepted film) the romance between the lead pair is established without hurry and we feel - yeah! It happens like this. Right! The nonchalant screenwriting and equally carefree way it’s brought to the screen makes this film a blissful watch. Srikanth Nagothane delivers a beautiful and blissful romance to enjoy on a stress filled day to relieve us of the moodiness.
The music by Shravan Bharadwaj is a breath of fresh air and the background score by Achu Rajamani is pleasant and is in sync with the mood of the film. The cinematography by Sai Prakash Ummadisingu is uncomplicated. The production design is good. The production values are okay!
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna is a blissfully beautiful breezy romance film. Strong writing and effortless acting by the lead pair make it a must watch. Just, tap the button called... Aha!
Nonchalantly brilliant writing
Competent performances by the lead pair
Uncomplicated and organic narration
Khelo Rating 3.25 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa