It was Vikram Kumar who first presented Akhil in a significant cameo in Manam. Naturally, their collaboration for Hello increased the anticipation among cine fans. In addition to this, proud father and producer Nagarjuna enthused this film would be a blockbuster. He even averred that the film would be a proper relaunch for Akhil. Mega Star Chiranjeevi and Mega Power Star Ram Charan’s attendance to the pre-release event of Hello added up to the hype surrounding the film.
In fact, Nag announced another film with Vikram Kumar which would feature his elder son Naga Chaitanya as the lead. All these indicated that Nagarjuna has pinned high hopes on Hello.
Has the film lived up to all its buzz and hype? Read our review to know what worked and what didn’t work in Hello.
Seenu (Akhil), an orphan, finds his soulmate Junnu aka Priya (Kalyani Priyadarshan), the daughter of a rich man. Due to certain circumstances, the duo are separated. Seenu grows up as Avinash (the name given to him by his adopted parents, Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu). Though things changed in Seenu’s life, he never forgot his childhood love, Junnu, and continued searching for her. What are the hurdles that come between Seenu and Junnu? How do they finally reunite?
Akhil’s stylish look is what stood out in Hello. Especially, in the stunts and the mind blowing dance moves, Akhil stole the show.
Kalyani Priyadarshan did a very good job, considering this is her first film. Despite being a newcomer, she really pulled off her character with class and elegance. Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu are the perfect supporting cast. The childhood episode was too good, bit lengthy, but well made. Ajay has once again delivered a fine performance as a baddie. However, the villain backdrop could have been better.
Akhil’s Stylish Look
Akhil’s Stunts, Dance Moves
Ramya Krishna – Jagapathi Babu Track
Akhil – Kalyan Priyadarshan Track
Pre-Interval Chase Sequence
Vikram Kumar’s Direction
Art Direction, Set Properties
Although Hello has a slightly predictable tale, it is excusable. The biggest strength of Hello is Vikram Kumar himself, and his enchanting narration. Anup’s songs and stunning background music elevate the scenes. Pre-interval chase scene has been executed really well. The first half is pretty decent with Akhil and the lengthy kids’ episode. However, it is Akhil’s show in the second-half, that is a notch higher than the first half. Technically, the film is flawless. Slick editing, visual grandeur and the songs, all of them work in favour of the film. Everything just gels into the film so beautifully. However, as the film progresses towards its end, it turns slow. But it didn’t bother much, since the audience get connected to the story and characters on screen.
The film ends on a perfect note with a dramatic climax episode. Hello is a beautiful love story from Vikram Kumar, who got it just right.
Hello has its heart in the right place – an emotional story of two soulmates who fell in love with each other in childhood. The film ticks of all the right boxes that appeal to both class and mass audience.
Hello is one amazing, must watch experience from the Vikram-Akhil combination!