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Form: Sudheer Babu, Aditi Rao, Naresh, Rahul Ramakrishna, Pavitra Lokesh, Tanikella Bharani and others
Music: Vivek Sagar
Cinematography: PG Vinda
Editor: Marthand Venkatesh
Producer: Sivalenka Krishna Prasad
Written and directed by: Indraganti Mohanakrishna
Date of publication: June 15, 2018
After scoring a hit with the comedy film ‘Ami Tumi’, director Indraganti directed the romantic drama ‘Sammohanam’. The cool trailers of the film and Aditi Rao’s debut in Bollywood have created enough excitement.
Whether the movie lived up to the hype or not, let’s find out…
A famous actress Sameera (Aditi Rao) comes to Vijay’s (Sudheer Babu) home for a film shoot while the house was rented as a location. Vijay doesn’t like movie stars and their world as it is filled with fake people.
Despite his disgust towards film stars, he is attracted to her when she hires him as a Telugu dialogue coach.
Vijay is good at Telugu and is waiting for the publication of his book of cartoons in Telugu. He naturally falls for her beauty and her “aura”. But as a major movie star, will she reciprocate?
Sudheer Babu is growing as an actor with every film. It is clearly evident that he has improved his acting skills considerably. He is noticeable in this role of an ordinary man who falls in love with a movie star. His chemistry with Aditi is also good.
Aditi who kept us all enthralled in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Cheliya’ looks perfect in her role. She has pulled off the role of a movie star with such ease. Surprisingly, her Telugu dialogues (she dubbed her own voice) are almost perfect for a first timer. She impresses with her beauty and with her acting skills.
The other actor who gets a lot of space in the film is Naresh as Sudheer Babu’s father whose sole purpose is to act in films. His character is used perfectly.
Rahul Ramakrishna is being recorded with his performance. Hari Teja does a neat job. This also applies to Tanikella and Pavitra.
PG Vinda’s camera work is a great asset in this romantic drama. He shot the film lavishly. Artwork is also excellent. Together they have given a classy appearance.
On the other hand, the atmosphere of the film is further elevated with excellent music and background score. Vivek Sagar’s songs are melodious and match the theme. Production values are first class.
Aditi and Sudheer’s chemistry
Lack of good conflict
From ‘Ashta Chemma’ to the recent ‘Ami Thumi’, director Indraganti Mohanakrishna has proven that he is good at comedy and romance. If he gets it, he’ll do well. He has almost found his form in “Sammohanam”.
The film is a simple love story of two different people who fall in love. The difference here is that the girl is a star, a movie star with exceptional beauty and popularity, and the boy is a nobody who has not achieved anything yet.
Director Mohanakrishna starts the film on a funny note by introducing characters who have a fun side like Naresh who voluntarily retires to act in films.
We also have Rahul Ramakrishna, a bored techie who wants to run a website selling filmy gossip and comes up with headlines like – “that actress wants it four times a day”.
After introducing these nice people and establishing Sudheer’s character as someone who is not into the film business, the director sets up the real drama by bringing a movie star into the hero’s life (and into his house too).
From here, the romantic track progresses in a captivating and entertaining manner, like Aditi going to a supermarket with Sudheer to buy vegetables, and talking to him on the terrace like a girl next door. The first half is quite good and sets high expectations.
No matter how predictable it becomes, the second half goes on the beaten track after delivering such a nice interval bang. The lovers break up and misunderstandings arise between them in the most regular way. The conflict and the villain are routine.
But even in the second half the film never bores us. It goes slow and steady and ends neatly. If the second half had been handled in a better way, the end result would have been much better.
The movie has cute romantic sequences and some nice episodes, but the pace is damn slow. In the second half, Hari Teja’s story about Aditi’s backstory is not handled well.
While there are good criticisms of commercial filmmaking, some of the film’s dialogue seems forced, as if the director is trying to make an apologetic clarification about recent shams in the film industry that are unnecessary.
It is a solid romantic story about a movie star and an ordinary citizen that is clearly inspired by the famous Hollywood film ‘Notting Hill’.
Overall, “Sammohanam” is a decent watch with some good moments, the chemistry of the lead pair and the music.
In short: Lives up to its name!