Bhanumathi Ramakrishna is a romantic comedy which gives a glimpse into the lives of the two characters - Bhanumathi (played by Salony) and Ramakrishna (played by Naveen). Ramakrishna migrates to Hyderabad from Tenali, in search of greener pastures and meets Bhanumathi - a no-nonsense urban woman. The movie revolves around seeking out love in your thirties, post-breakup stress, and the cultural difference between urban and rural India.
Rom-Coms that run for less than 90 minutes is always a delight to watch. With Sarabham fame pair, Salony Luthra and Naveen Chandra as leads, we got to watch the exclusive preview of the film. Here's our take!
What's the story about?
The film begins with introducing Bhanumathi's (Salony Luthra) peculiarities in the title card and in a few seconds, she breaks up with her 5-Year-old boyfriend. The reason given by the guy is that she is 30 years old. After that incident, Bhanumathi moves on with life in Hyderabad. During that time Ramakrishna (Naveen Chandra), a villager from a small town called Tenali who is 33 years old moves to Hyderabad after he gets a new job. Ramakrishna leads a simple, contented and teetotaler life with complete positivity. Eventually, Ramakrishna meets Bhanumathi at his new workplace, where Bhanu guides Krishna through his routines in the office. They get along well and the remaining story deals with whether they would fall in love and marry.
The film is simple and pragmatic, hence the realistic performance required is definitely delivered by both the lead artists. The scenes with Viva Harsha proffers the much-needed gaiety a Rom-Com has to have. The scenes of Naveen Chandra with the friends of Bhanumathi was delightful to watch.
Music and Other Departments
The film has some nice songs but none of them is an earworm. The background score elevates the mood at crucial scenes. The edits are seamless and crisp. The cinematography is a big letdown due to most of the scenes being shot with guerilla-style filming. The Production Value of the film looks very puny making the film look like a meagre budgeted short-film. As for the Art Department, it did not have much to offer with the low production value.
The idea of unmarried people in their 30s falling in love is the biggest highlight of this film. It deals with all situations and scenarios an unmarried person would undergo if they are still unmarried after 30. One of the scenes, where they speak about Pawan Kalyan's Kushi is a classic example of the mentality of an Indian Society. Ignoring the reality, on the film's front the scene where both the characters try to surprise each other and the drama post the surprises were lovely and climactic. After all, what is life without a little drama!
The biggest drawback is the making of the film. The film is poorly shot that even a few short films would have better production quality than this flick. If they had worked on the making and few improvised performances this film would have moved to the list of Must-Watch from Watchable.
The biggest merit of the tale is though we have consumed thousands of love stories in the past, none of them has dealt with this kind of Love of two individuals in the '30s. The film is constructed with beautiful and fresh scenes with splendid performances.
So, the film thats has a great storyline to its merit has a big drawback which is the way it was made. An artistic tale which was never thought of in the past, made on a shoestring budget was the flaw. A few scenes had issues with lip syncing and basic framing. If you are a person who just watches the film and enjoys the story you would be delighted with the tale. Whereas if you are a moviegoer with a critic's eye this film would be an average outing for you.
Do I recommend?
Yes, it is a decent untold tale. Give it a shot!