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'SMS' Review: Commendable Attempt

'SMS' Review: Commendable Attempt

Film: SMS
Rating: 3/5
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Cast: Sudhir Babu, Regina, Rohini, Vennela Kishore, Vinay Mohan and others
Music: Selva Ganesh
Cinematographer: Chitti Babu
Director: Tatineni Satya
Producer: Vikram Raju
Release date: 10/02/2012
 
Sudhir Babu, brother-in-law of Mahesh Babu is making his debut with this movie and he has a new girl Regina as his leading lady. Let us see if this remake version from Kollywood works or not.
 
Story
Shiva (Sudhir) works at a courier office and a train journey gets him to meet Shruti (Regina). He falls in love with her at first sight but he fakes that he is an army officer. Shruti also fakes that she is an airhostess.

After reaching Hyderabad, Shiva goes to airlines office only to discover the truth. Actually, Shruti is an RJ with Radio Mirchi FM. A chance delivery bumps Shiva with Shruti and from then on their cat and mouse game begins. In between their repulsion, Shruti discovers her love for Shiva. But when she wants to express it, Shiva’s activities and behaviour puts her off and she leaves him. Will both meet each other? Will their love become successful? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
Sudhir Babu has given a confident performance. He was good in dance and fight sequences. As such, he is not much of a handsome guy so he needs to bank on his other skills to cover that up. He needs to work on diction and modulation.
 
Regina was good. She has ease in front of the camera, expressive with her eyes and smile. But if she is planning to reach the top league, she must focus on upping her sex appeal and glamour quotient.
 
Vennela Kishore is a highlight actor. Though his role was brief, he scores maximum points during his presence. There is a lot of potential in him which needs to be tapped. He deserves a full length role in films.
 
The actor doing Sudhir’s friend role was hilarious. Rohini does a bit of overaction. Kasi Viswanath’s dialogues were good. RJ Hemanth was upto the mark. Tagubothu Ramesh brought few smiles. The others didn’t have scope.
 
Highlights

  • Storyline
  • Regina’s bubbly presence
  • Vinay Mohan Timing
  • First half

Drawbacks

  • Second half
  • Confused characterization of protagonist

Analysis
The film is the remake of the Tamil film ‘Siva Manasula Sakthi’ and this is more or less a ‘lift and shift’ from the original. The subject chosen must be appreciated and the idea of getting two people together under odd circumstances and their opposite characters was well studied.
 
However, what starts off as an interesting romantic entertainer suddenly begins to drift from the rhythm. The point here is, it is the heroine who is shown at fault for the various emotional rollercoasters that the hero goes through but the fact is, she is consistent and he is not. That tends to create the element of confusion. For whatever antics or inside conflict the hero does, the girl is made the reason which is not convincing. But that was covered up with humor quotient in good way.
 
This is a mass oriented film and the chances are high that many youngsters would want to connect with the character.  At a point, one gets a feeling whether the storywriter is a girl-hater or has been through some real bad experiences and this is one medium through which he is venting his frustration out. At the box office, the film would have decent openings and the entertainment works to an extent.
 
Bottomline: Good narrative with humor

(Venkat can be reached at [email protected])

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