With Chiranjeevi’s “Khaidi No 150” on one hand and Balakrishna’s “Gautamiputra Satakarni” on the other, both of which already got tremendous response from the audience, Sharwanand and team have released their film with great guts and stood in competition with the two biggies of Telugu film industry. Though it’s not a favourable time for Sharwanad, with lots of courage he has released and the family drama that looks quite impressive and refreshing.
Cast and Crew
Cast: Sharwanand, Anupama Parameshwaran, Indraja, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Naresh
Director: Satish Vegesna
Producer: Dil Raju
Dialogues: Satish Vegesna
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Production House: Sri Venkateswara Creations
The story of “Shatamanam Bhavati” is set in a small village called Atreyapuram. It revolves around a beautiful family, which headed by Rajugaru (Prakash Raj), who leads a peaceful life with his wife Janakamma (Jayasudha) and grandson Raju (Sharwanand). But one thing that bothers this kind hearted person Rajugaru is that his daughter and son who stay in abroad hardly visit them. At one point, he becomes very upset, prepares a master plan and invites the two of them for the Sankranthi festival to the village. But Janakamma finds out the plan of Rajugaru and fights with them and it leads to disturbances in the happy family. Meanwhile, Raju falls in love with Rajugari’s grand daughter who comes from abroad. What is the intention of Rajugaru behind this plan? Will the family accept the love of Raju, forms the remaining story.
Unlike his previous roles, Sharwanand looks fresh and impresses the audience with the role of Raju. Perhaps this is the first time, the actor got a role that is subtle and without any action sequences. One can definitely say in this film, he gave one of the the finest performances of his career so far. Prakash and Jayasudha once again proved that they are best as the on screen elderly couple. The composed acting of lead actors, dialogue delivery and mature performances are one of the biggest plus points for the film. Anupama Parameshwaran who for the first time acted in a full length role and gave her best. She added extra mile to the film with beauty and innocence. The chemistry between the duo is fantastic and quite impressive, especially during the emotional scenes. After a long time, Indraja appears on screen and perfectly carried the role with aplomb. Naresh was effective and has a interesting role in the film. Amongst all, the climax scene make the audience glued to the seats and decently conveyed the strong emotions through the characters.
It is a known fact the Tollywood industry always faces criticism with the routine commercial story lines, which are easily predictable. But this film is definitely an attempt to break that jinx. Though it is a routine potboiler, the way the director presented it is really commendable. With so many veteran actors, it is definitely a tough job for the director to justify their presence but he succeeded in it. Unlike the earlier family entertainers, the dynamics of family relations is presented in a fantastic manner. From starting to end, the film carries the emotion in a decent way without much melodrama. Even the story makes the audience feel bored, the screenplay picks up in the very next minute and maximum tried to entertain the audience. But still, there were many areas where this feel could have been stronger. The predictable story line, slow narration in the second half, boring comedy scenes, which look forced disappoint the audience a bit. Other than this, the background score elevates the situations, the technical and production values are praise worthy.
Acting of lead characters
In the season of commercial potboilers, this film definitely gives a relief to the family audience, who are looking for a film to make their children understand the importance and essence of family and dynamics of family relations. It is a film with more emotions, stunning picturesque locales and less comedy. Finally, it is a must watch with family in this festive mood.