Srinivas Avasarala wrote and directed the Telugu romantic drama Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi. The plot revolves around the complicated love story of Sanjay (Naga Shaurya) and Anupama (Malvika Nair). On March 17, it was released in theatres around the world. In this article, we’ll look at whether or not the film connected with the audience:
Story: The setting was that Sanjay (Naga Shaurya) and Anupama (Malavika Nair) were college friends in Vizag in the year 2000. Anu, a one-year senior, shields Sanjay from ragging, and the two become good friends. They moved to London in 2004 to pursue Master’s degrees and begin a live-in relationship. Sanjay fails to appear at the hospital when Anu requires moral support. Anu’s relationship with Sanjay ends in disappointment. The rest of the story revolves around his absence and how the couple’s relationship develops.
Performances: Naga Shaurya was good as usual, but he is especially so in the Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi genre. His comfort zone is light, breezy romance, as evidenced by the first frame. Changes in stubble also help to convey the various stages. A couple of emotional scenes near the end are also acceptable, but a sense of progress lingers in our minds. Meanwhile, Malvika Nair is a natural fit for the role. She moves through the story smoothly and with the appropriate intensity. The lighthearted and emotional moments are handled with equal ease. At first, she is the catalyst for the connection, but the pair eventually takes over. In the end, it is a successful role for
Technicalities: The cinematography of Sunil Kumar Nama is sufficiently accurate. It reflects the director’s tone and sensibility. Kiran Ganti’s editing is also impressive, particularly the transitions. Kalyan Koduri creates distinct and pleasant sounds that evoke a strong sense of nostalgia. The cinematography of Sunil Kumar Nama and the editing of Kiran Ganti are both impactful.
Analysis: Srinivas Avasarala is known for making thoughtful films. The film’s premise and proceedings could be more dramatic. The director attempted to make it realistic but needed to catch up on the narrative pace. This time, Srinivas’ subtle humour fails him. The comedy didn’t work as it should. The hero has a compelling reason to avoid going to the hospital with Anu, which is a good conflict point.
The smaller moments, as does the subtle humour, work well in the second half. However, the more significant dramatic parts fall short of the mark. They lack the emotional heft required to move things forward. Phalana Abbayi, in general, Phalana Ammayi is a simple-looking but difficult-to-execute rom-com with a small cast. It works in both halves but needs more drama and a flat narrative. If you enjoy a slice-of-life drama with a romantic undertone.
Verdict: Typical movie