Simple and Sweet

Published: 28th December 2013 07:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2013 07:54 AM   |  A+A-

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A deftly told story, Manju Swaraj's modern fable makes for an intense cinema experience with good screenplay and capable direction and performance by Ganesh.

The romantic comedy opens with Shravani's (Amulya) encounter with Subramanya (Ganesh) when the former is about to commit suicide because she finds out she's dating a fraud. Subramanya counsels Shravani into disbanding her idea and settles her into a house owned by a middle-aged couple played by Ananthnag and Tara. In an attempt to ease off questions about Shravani, Subramanya lies to the owner that they are married. Soon love develops between the two but numerous complications thwart every attempt made by them to express their feeling to one another.

Shravani who has grown up in a joint family finds comfort in Subramanya's nest. Subramanya, an orphan, is keen to become a professional singer for which he is helped by Shravani. A twist in the love story comes when Shravani attempts to commit suicide again. Will she be saved by Subramanya this time too? The slickly-made film attempts to answer if love does truly triumph all. Ganesh and Amulya have added their warmth to the movie. The actor is back in form and tries to relives his Mungaru Male days in terms of costume, dialogues and expressions. Amulya, with her fancy, candy pop image, manages to infuse heart into her characterisation of child like innocence, which becomes an overkill, sometimes. Combining the talents of Ganesh, Amulya, Anant Nag and Tara, among others, the movie also makes good of its comic elements.

The first half bristles with wit, enlivened by delightful over-the-top ensemble acting while the second half focuses more on love and family sentiments, which sometimes sees a few dull moments with some all together unnecessary scenes towards the end of the movie. Considering that the film script is based solely on the romance of these two young characters, the film's advantage is the pairing of Ganesh and Amulya. Harikrishna's songs are hummable. The film is a well composed package of love, music, drama, sentiment and family values.

The Verdict: This is a free-wheeling, light hearted tale that puts in some new twists to old plots.

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