Nani and Nazriya Nazim’s fun family drama, Ante Sundaraniki under the direction of Vivek Athreya has hit the silver screens today simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: Hailing.from two different religions, friendship brings Sundar( Nani) and Leela(Nazriya Nazim) together. Right from childhood, Sundar has a first crush moment on Leela but is afraid to tell her. Along with them, their friendship also grows up and one fine day Sundar proposes to Leela. After brief confusion, Leela accepts Sundar’s love and here starts a major task for the lovebirds to convey the love matter to their respective families.
Left with no option, Sundar and Leela come up with a lie centric drama to convince the family members. What is the plan? How will it affect the relationship between both families? Will Sundar and Leela succeed in their love game, forms the rest of the plotline.
Performances: As usually, Nani just involved in the boy-next-door character as Sundar character and gave outstanding performance. Though Nani did did this kind of comic coated role earlier, he takes the film to new heights with his settled acting. Apart from providing hilarious fun, his acting in emotional scenes during the climax portions add depth to the proceedings.
Nazriya Nazim impresses with her natural acting. She is a perfect pick for the female lead role in the movie her confidence in acting and beautiful expressions add a fresh vibe to the key episodes. Other supporting artists such as Naresh, Rohini, Nadiya, and Azhagam Perumal perfectly fitted in the family setup as parents.
Actor Harshavardhan is hilarious in his role as Sundar’s boss. Heroine Anupama Parmeshwaran’s cameo is a suprise package for the film and the young beauty did her part quite convincingly.
Technicalities: Undoubtedly, music by Vivek Sagar is a major asset for the film as his sounding and background score is apt to the film’s genre.While his situational songs add weightage to the proceedings in the second half, the background music elevates the mood of the scenes nicely.
The cinematography by Niketh Bommi is superb as he presented the entire film on a colourful note. Editing by Ravi Teja Girijala is okay but could have convinced the director and hero to chop off a few unwanted childhood episodes to fix a perfect runtime.
Production values of this love centric family drama are done nicely by Mythri Movie Makers banner.
Analysis: Director Vivek Athreya’s storyline is wafer-thin but he made sure that the screenplay of the film is packed with a good dose of fun and family emotions. The scene order and the narrative are blended nicely with gripping scenes and solid establishment.
Vivek’s writing is good and showcased each character in the film with a strong establishment but he would have compromised and trimmed a few childhood episodes in first half to cut short the runtime. It’s not that the scenes are bad but they look like has a bit more detailing about Sundar character.
To summerize, Ante Sundaraniki is a package of hilarious fun and family emotions. Vivek Athreya’s writing, screenplay and solid performance from the the lead artists are advantage for this light-hearted romantic family drama. If you are okay with a bit lengthy runtime, Ante Sundaraniki ends up as a watchable fare.
Verdict: Fun-coated family drama!