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'Mithunam' Review: Heart Touching Truth

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AMR Productions
Cast: S P Balasubrahmaniam, Lakshmi
Music: Veena Pani
Cinematographer: Rajendra Prasad
Editor:  S B Uddhav
Director: Tanikella Bharani
Producer: Anand Rao
Release date: 21/12/2012
 
Tanikella Bharani who is known for award winning films like ‘Grahanam’ ‘Sira’ etc is back with yet another venture and this time he has chosen only two characters for it. Let us see how this is
 
Story
Appadasu (SPB) is a retired teacher and he lives in his native village with his wife Buchchi (Lakshmi). Both are senior citizens and all their children are living abroad. But instead of feeling lonely and insecure about their life, both Appadasu and Buchchi have their own share of romance happening and they treat each and every day as a special day and enjoy the moments. This relationship also has its share of ups and downs and what life has in store for them forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
S P Balasubrahmanyam is not only an immortal singer but he is also a seasoned actor. He can deliver as per the character and there is a naughty glint in his eye which is always appreciable.
 
Lakshmi is a natural performer and she does most of her performance through her expressive eyes and shy smiles. She was in good sync with her role and delivers commendably.
 
Highlights

  • Backdrop
  • Performances
  • Screenplay

Drawbacks

  • Pace
  • Genre

Analysis
The film is based on the critically acclaimed novel ‘Mithunam’ written by Sree Ramana and the director has adapted it very well onscreen. The challenge here is, there are only two characters, and there is no dance, fights, multiple locations or any other ingredient of a mainstream cinema.
 
But still, the director managed to weave a tale of two individuals and their lives with a good dose of emotion.
 
The attitude to take life positively and seeing the brighter side of it is the key essence and there is a general perception that old age is the most depressing.
 
But this film defies that and shows how even at the fag end of life a husband and wife can connect with each other and relate in a positive way. Given the genre of the film, it cannot be considered a mainstream flick. This is more suited for the art house audience and those who like some matured stuff.
 
Ideally, this film will work more for those who have crossed fifty and to those children who are living abroad and have that strong feeling in their heart to be with their parents in their native land.
 
Bottomline: A tender, emotional and sensitive tale of romance

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)