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'Srirastu Subhamastu' Review: Formula Romance!

'Srirastu Subhamastu' Review: Formula Romance!

Movie: Srirastu Subhamastu
Rating: 2.75/5
Banner:
Geetha Arts
Cast: Allu Sirish, Lavanya Tripathi, Prakash Raj, Hamsa Nandini, Rao Ramesh, Sumalatha, Subbaraju, Pragati, Ali, Tanikella Bharani and others
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematography: Manikandan
Action: Ram-Laxman
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Art: Ramanjaneyulu
Producer: Allu Aravind
Story, Screen Play, Direction: Parasuram
Release date: August 05, 2016

Producer Allu Aravind's younger son Allu Sirish didn't impress anyone with his first two movies "Gouravam" and "Kotha Janta" though the latter was a hit. He took a gap and went for a makeover.

His third film “Srirastu Subhamastu” is here. Directed by Parasuram, the film’s trailer seemed very promising and created good buzz. So how has the film fared?

Story:
Sirish (Allu Sirish) is a jolly guy. On a Kashmir trip, he sees Anu (Lavanya), a student studying in Vizag and it is a love at first sight. Sirish’s father (Prakash Raj) despises his elder son for marrying a middle-class girl against his wishes. When he is admonishing his son, Sirish tells his father that not all girls love rich businessmen for money.

Sirish reveals that he has liked a girl and he would approach her without revealing that he is the son of a rich person. If she loves him as he is, not for his background, Sirish’s father has to change his opinion or he would marry any girl his father arranges for him.

Both father and son agree to this challenge and he goes to Vizag and starts wooing her.

Artistes' Performances:
Allu Sirish has not changed much despite acting in two films. He is zero in performance. Lavanya Tripathi as middle-class girl has given best act but she has lost charm on her face due to weight loss.

The senior actors Rao Ramesh and Prakash Raj are the strength. Their performances have changed the course of the story in the second half. Rao Ramesh has come up with another winning performance. Surprisingly, Ali has come up with better comedy after a long gap. His comedy with Subbaraju has generated some good laughs.

The film has many actors like Sumalatha, Pragathi, Tanikella Bharani to make the movie look like a grand one.

Technical Excellence: 
Thaman’s music is decent as he has given one or two melodies. Cinematography by Manikandan is rich. Editing is okay. The movie is shot lavishly – with rich locations and big sets.

Highlights:

  • Prakash Raj – Sirish Bommarillu scene
  • Rao Ramesh performance
  • Comedy in the second half
  • Climax episode

Drawback:

  • Routine story
  • Illogical scenes
  • Boring first half
  • Allu Sirish’s lack of acting skills

Analysis:
From the days of “Nuvvu Naku Nacchavu” or “Chirunavvutho” or “Bommarillu”, romantic movies in Telugu are following same pattern. Either hero comes to heroine’s house or heroine comes to hero’s house, father –son/father-daughter becoming emotional in the second half ... such sequences were used in many number of times in films.

Recently in Ram starrer “Nenu Sailaja” too the hero comes to heroine’s house and makes his father realize what his daughter is sacrificing for him. This tried and tested formula is used by director Parasuram again for “Srirastu Subhamastu”.

The movie begins on a very dull note. The introduction of Allu Sirish, how Sirish meets Lavanya and he joining her house... all these scenes are handled in a boring manner and  it irritates us.

When we start to get restless, the director throws the emotional angle between Rao Ramesh and his daughter Lavanya and slowly builds up the drama. Towards the interval the movie begins to become watchable and post interval there is good dose of comedy thanks to Ali who is back in form.

Although the sequences in the second half are also formulaic, they are told convincingly by the director. Sirish coming out to his home in the end and confronting his father Prakash Raj is almost like “Bommarillu”. Rao Ramesh talking about the middle-class mentality reminds us this director’s previous movie “Solo”. Still, they are effective to some extent.

The comedy track on Ali and Subbaraju is also entertaining. It is because of handling these routine scenes in a better way these scenes have looked better not because of novelty.

But for how long will these writers and directors write same style of illogical wedding sequences where a random guy comes to the heroine’s house when she is about to get married and the he fooling everyone in the family and creating hungama.

Where on earth will parents welcome a guy before the wedding rituals start and allow the would-be of the girl turn bakra in hands of this hero?

Despite this formulaic scenes, the movie is entertaining in the second half and the climax episodes are good. All in all, a regular romantic drama.

Bottom-line: Bommarillu Redux

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

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