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Written and Direction: Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Behind the Screens:
Critically acclaimed director Indraganti Mohan Krishna has come up with a love story between a common man and a film actress for his next, Sammohanam. Sudheer Babu who has no proper hit for a long time is playing the lead role. Let us see how the movie fares with the audience.
Vijay (Sudheer Babu) is a children book illustrator and his father Sarvesh (Naresh) is an aspiring actor. He gets a small role in a film by renting his house to a movie shoot and Vijay happens to meet Sameera Rathod (Aditi Rao Hydari) in the shoot and becomes her Telugu tutor. Their relationship grows stronger and he proposes to Sameera only to get rejected. Rest of the story is how they resolve the differences and get back together.
Sudheer Babu is fluent in the role of an Urban Commoner. He seems to be improving with every film. He performed well in the emotional sequences. Aditi Rao Hydari is an apt fit to the role of a North Indian heroine who is popular in Tollywood. The chemistry between them worked well. Senior Naresh seems to be getting good roles in his second innings and this role in Sammohanam is another one. Pavitra Lokesh is good as heroine’s mother. Tanikella Bharani, Rahul Ramakrishna, and Hari Teja are okay in little roles.
Indraganti Mohan Krishna is always known for his good concept films which suffer from the slow pace. Sammohanam is yet another such attempt. He has chosen a different story but it runs on predictable lines. He should have taken more care in the second half. The director touched some of the contemporary issues of the industry like Reviewers, Casting Couch etc but subtlely. PG Vinda’s camera work is the major highlight of the film. Particularly, the house set and the songs are very appealing. Vivek Sagar’s music is good and so is the background score. Most of the dialogues are well-written even though they give a preachy feeling. The editing should have been better in the second half. The Production Values are good.
Sammohanam is all about the heroine who is trampled in the dilemma between the bad company in the film industry and a guy who honestly loves her. The first half is decent with Naresh’s comedy and the struggles of Sameera to mouth Telugu dialogues. But then, the second half suffers from a slow pace. The flashback is boring and the conflict is not convincing enough. The director further stuffed with too many lengthy dialogues which turn preachy. The climax is stretched further. All in all, Sammohanam is a decent romantic entertainer with some flashes of brilliance but then it needs loads of patience.
Sammohanam: Decent But Snail-Paced
Cast: Sudheer Babu, Aditi Rao Hydari, Naresh, Tanikella Bharani, and Others
Writing and Direction: Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Producer: Sivalenka Krishna Prasad
DOP: PG Vinda
Music: Vivek Sagar
Editor: Marthand K Venkatesh
Banner: Sridevi Movies
Release Date: 15th June 2018