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'Abbayitho Ammayi' Review: A Boring Love Story

Movie: Abbayitho Ammayi
Rating: 2.25/5
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JG Cinemas, Bloomingstars motion pictures
Cast: Naga Shourya, Palak Lalwani, Mohan, Rao Ramesh, Tulasi, Pragathi, Madhusudhan, Swapnika, Shani, Shakalaka Shankar etc
Cinematography: Sam K. Naidu
Editor: SR Sekhar
Music: Ilayaraja
Choreography: Shankar, Prem Rakshith, Dinesh & Raghu
Producers: Vandana Alekya Jakkam, Kireeti Potini & Srinivas Sammeta
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Ramesh Varma
Release date: January 01, 2016

Abhi (Naga Shourya) has a face book friend who he regularly chats with her without meeting in person. She puts a condition that he should never ask hers name or whereabouts but should share everything about their lives over the chat and phone. 

Meanwhile, he falls in love with Prarthana (Palak) and she is also impressed by him. Few days later, Prarthana's family also moves into the same colony of Abhi. When her parents go for some place, she invites Abhi to her home and celebrates his birthday and on the same night they have sex.

Prarthana's father (Rao Ramesh) knows this and gets fight with Abhi and his parents. Both their parents agree to swap their kids, she moves into Abhi's house, he in Prarthana's home. What happens later?

Artistes’ Performances:
Handsome looking Naga Shaurya is very good in the role of a young college student but he is needs to better his skills for the emotional scenes.

Palak has looks, her acting skills are also good. Mohan of Mounaragam has played the role of father to Naga Shourya but his character is not written properly. Tulasi is given better character.

Pragati is in her usual shelf. Rao Ramesh irritates with his extreme reactions and over the board acting. 

Technical Excellence:
Without the visual beauty that cameraman Sam K Naidu has provided, it would have been even hard to sit through this film. Sam K Naidu's camera work is the best aspect. Though in the initial portions, the rerecording and songs felt out of sync, the second half has maestro Ilayraja's touch (songs and BB).

Editing is pretty bad. Art work is impressive. Many writers are credited for 'writing assistance' but none of them bring in best ones. 

Highlights:

  • Visual beauty
  • Climax portions
  • Ilayaraja's couple of songs

Drawbacks:

  • Silly story
  • Boring first half
  • Rao Ramesh's over-action 
  • Outdated comedy
  • Galore of Illogical sequences 

Analysis:
By the time first half is finished, it is confirmed that director Ramesh Varma has not learned anything from his failures. Like his earlier movies his focus is only on the visuals not on the narration.

With the movies he directed so far, Ramesh Varma has established a fact that he hasn't developed command on narrative skills. Abbayitho Ammayi has further asserts this truth. What he is trying to tell in the first half is best known to him!

In every frame of the movie, the director has included some beautiful flowers or plants to make the frame is pitch perfect, least bothering about the content of the scenes. No scene in the first half entertains.

Hotchpotch sequences are passed off as romantic drama between abbayi and ammayi. They are also beyond the logic.

Ramesh Varma has one quality though - presenting movies with good visuals. Since he is poster designer, he has the eye for 'look' but he can't get anything new in terms of writing.

After filling up the movie with non-happening moments in the first half, he has taken scenes from Bommarillu, Toliprema, and other movies to fill up the second half.

When the girl had consensual sex with the boy, why would she distance from him for some silly reason that he lied about his birthday? Silly to see the parents exchange their daughter and son over this incident. Why Rao Ramesh behaves in such mad manner for no apparent reason with his own daughter? When the heroine is thrown out from her house, where does she live for two days? On roads? Many such illogical sequences are there in the film. 

The technicians and actors have worked hard in the film but the captain of the ship is clueless about his own script (story, screenplay, dialogues and direction, all is credited to him).

Overall, except for visual quality and climax portions, the movie is a big bore.

Bottom-line: No Boy No Girl Likes This

(Venkat can be reached venkat@greatandhra.com or Twitter)

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