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Director: Pranith Bramandapally
Behind the Scenes: Niharika Konidela, the only female actor to come out of the mega camp, is trying her luck for the third time with an author-backed movie titled ‘Suryakantham’. Praneet who proved his talent as a filmmaker with web series like ‘Muddapappu Avakaya’ and ‘Nanna Koochi’ is making his big screen debut as a director. Touted as a new age love story, let’s see if Suryakantham gives Niharika her much deserved success.
Storyline: Suryakantham (Niharika) is a modern day 25-year-old girl who wants to live life on her own terms. Her mother (Suhasini) urges her to get married but she doesn’t listen. One fateful day she falls in love with Abhinav (Rahul Vijay) but before their love gets culminated, unexpected twist happens and Suryakantham vanishes.
Cut to, Pooja (Perlene) enters into Abhinav’s life. They get engaged and then Suryakantham makes a re-entry into Rahul’s life. What happens next between these three characters? Whom will Abhinav get married to forms the climax of the story…
Star Shine: Niharika’s performance has improved since her last two debacles especially her comic timing is good. But due to her confusing characterization, her performance gets diluted and the audience doesn’t relate to it. Rahul Vijay is fine as a confused young man who is hesitant to take decisions. Perlene has a good screen presence. Satya did an average job of making the audience laugh. Others were functional.
Technical: Mark K. Robin’s music is good and gels well with the mood of the film. His BGM is also effective in key emotional scenes. But the choreography isn’t up to the mark to enhance the visual appeal of the songs. DOP Hariprasad has done a cool job. Production values are moderate.
Analysis: Director has chosen a Bollywoodish theme but couldn’t execute it for the Telugu movie-going audience. Also, the film feels like a stretched episode of a web series. The first half has too much lag, and the second half isn’t any better. Director got confused as to whether to make the audience laugh or emotional. Interval bang is reminiscent of movies like ‘Aavida Maa Aavide”. Except for some cute comic episodes featuring Niharika, there isn’t much to take home.
Movie Marks: Unless you are a hardcore Mega fan of Niharika Konidela, Suryakantham will be tough for anyone to sit through. Can be easily skipped!
Cast: Niharika Konidela, Rahul Vijay, Perlene, Suhasini, Satya, Sivaji Raja
Story, Screenplay, Direction, Dialogues: Pranith Bramandapally
Music: Mark Robin
Producers: Srujan Yarabolu, Sundeep Yerramreddy
Release Date: 29th March 2019
Also Watch: Biscuit Song Promo- Suryakantam