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Ambajipeta Marriage Band Review: Vintage Style Village Drama

Ambajipeta Marriage Band Review: Vintage Style Village Drama

Movie: Ambajipeta Marriage Band
Rating: 2.75/5 
Dheeraj Mogilineni Entertainment & Mahayana Motion Pictures
Cast: Suhas, Shivani Nagaram, Saranya Pradeep, Jagadish Pratap, Nitin, Goparaju Ramana, and others
Music: Sekhar Chandra
Director Of Photography: Wajid Baig
Editor: Kodati Pavan Kalyan
Art Director: Ashish Teja Pulala
Action: Subbu
Present: Bunny Vas & Venkatesh Maha
Producer: Dheeraj Mogilineni
Written and Directed by: Dushyanth Katikaneni
Release Date: Feb 2, 2024

Suhas has already made a name for himself as a lead actor with films like “Color Photo”. This is his third film as a hero and the film received a lot of publicity thanks to the GA2 Pictures banner.

Let’s find out its merits and demerits

Padma (Saranya), the teacher at Ambajipeta, and Malli (Suhas), a member of a marriage band, are twins. Venkat, the village lord who maintains his dominance in the village by lending money to the villagers for interest, becomes enraged when he discovers that his sister Lakshmi (Shivani Nagaram) is seeing Malli.

To teach them a lesson, Venkat summons Padma to the school building and mistreats her by removing her Saree and making her stand naked.

Malli seeks vengeance, whereas Padma opts to pursue legal recourse. Will they ever attain retribution?

Artistes’ Performances:
Suhas has demonstrated his anger in the role rightly. His acting in the sequences before the interval and the penultimate episodes is superb.

However, Saranya Pradeep is the standout performer in the film. Her performance is the mainstay. She appears flawless, embodying a confident and self-assured demeanor, which is a testament to her character’s pride. In the latter half of the film, the story becomes centered around her and she takes control of it.

Nithin Prasanna, in his role as the village lord, has delivered an impressive performance as well.

Shivani Nagaram, a newcomer, adequately fulfills her role. Jagadish Pratap, being Suhas's friend, gets a significant role.

Technical Excellence:
The "Gumma" song stands out. Dialogues are effective at many places. The editing is neat. Artwork is neat. The cinematography complements the theme.

Suhas and Sharanya performances
Pre-Interval episodes
Police station sequence in the second half

The routine love track
Post-interval proceedings
The sluggishness in the second half

"Ambajipeta Marriage Band" is set in the year 2007 in a village in Andhra Pradesh. The basic premise is exceedingly familiar. Many movies have tackled issues like class division, caste discrimination in the villages. Many films have explored plot threads such as the hero falling in love with the villain's sister or the villain humiliating the hero's family.

So the basic story element of “Ambajipeta Marriage Band” is quite routine. But it has its own touch. The film is captivating to the most part despite familiarity.

The beginning of the sequences isn't particularly enjoyable. The love track, in particular, is fairly routine. But the film gains momentum as it nears the interval.

The first half of the movie concludes on an emotional note. The director has handled how the village lord humiliates the local teacher and has effectively established how caste discrimination pervades the village.

The entire 30 minutes of the pre-interval sequence are quite interesting.

But right after the break, the pace of the film begins to slow down. The sequence of Saranya’s protest with placards reading "Adharam Leni Akrama Sambandham Avamana Padda Atambhimanam" is stretched out more than the necessary. At this point, the movie drags on.

But thankfully, "Ambajipeta Marriage Band" doesn’t completely go down, which is a relief. Additionally, it does not enter its usual vengeance mode. It adds some surprises in the final act and keeps the drama going.

The climax, which differs from most movies, is also convincing.

As previously stated, the story is not unique, and the theme of caste discrimination is not new. But the film avoids the typical "positive ending" for the hero's love story, as do most such films. It also avoids transforming Suhas into a hero through typical revenge acts. As a result, despite the familiar subject matter, "Ambajipeta Marriage Band" keeps us invested in it.

The film does not contain typical commercial elements either. It doesn't have many romantic moments or songs. It narrates the main thread in the same way that Malayalam films do. While it may not appeal to everyone, it will work for those who prefer focused narratives.

Overall, "Ambajipeta Marriage Band" is a conventional narrative that relies heavily on the acting abilities of Suhas and Saranya Pradeep. Its drawback is a comparatively plodding second half narration.

Bottom line: Routine Band


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