Bellamkonda Ganesh’s debut film, Swathimuthyam co-starring Varsha Bollamma as the female lead has hit the screens today.
Story: Electrical engineer Balamurali Krishna aka Bala( Ganesh) comes across beautiful Bhagyalakshmi ( Varsha Bollamma) during the marriage alliance. Later, Bala and Bhagi start developing their relationship by meeting regularly and finally convince the family members to their marriage. On marriage day, a lady calls Bala and discusses an important topic. Who is the lady? How is she interconnected with Bala’s life? Will Bala’s marriage with Bhagi happen on a smooth note, forms crucial crux.
Performances: Looks-wise Bellamkonda Ganesh is okay in the boy-next-door role. His acting is decent but has to improve a lot with his facial expressions, especially in close-up shots. Heroine Varsha Bollamma is good in her homely look. Her chemistry with Ganesh is good and an added advantage for the film.
Rao Ramesh impresses yet again with his performance in the father role. Naresh did his part perfectly. Goparaju Ramana gets a purposeful role that has good screen time in the second half. Vennela Kishore evokes good fun in his comedy-coated role.
Supporting artists such as Pragati, Surekha Vani, Kittayya are fine in their given roles.
Technicalities: The music by Mahathi Swara Sagar is a major asset of this light-hearted drama. All the songs are montage numbers and situational which are appealing on screen. The background score is fine.
The cinematography work by Suryaa is rich as he showcased the entire film on a colourful note. The editing by Navin Nooli is okay as he kept the runtime within limits. The production values for this limited-budget movie are good.
Analysis: Debutant named Lakshman K Krishna directs Swathimuthyam. His idea of incorporating the sperm donation topic into the family story is good and executed the proceedings neatly without any unwanted scenes. His realistic dialogues are good and add authentic texture to the narrative.
On the flip side, if the director would have focused on presenting the first half with a tight screenplay the result would have been unanimous. Though the chemistry between the lead pair is showcased beautifully, the conversation between them would have been modified at the scripting stage itself.
To summerize, Swathimuthyam is a family drama that revolves around sperm donation topic. Despite addressing a sensitive issue, the fun-coated narrative makes it a watchable fare during this festival season.
Verdict: Passable family entertainer!