What Is the Film About?
Anand (Sumanth Ashwin) is a wannabe director who is in depression. His script is not finding takers, and the lover has left for greener pastures. Anand has a best friend, Mangalam, who is about to get married. Together they embark on a journey to Goa to celebrate Mangalam’s last few days of bachelorhood.
What happens on Anand and Mangalam’s Goa trip is 7 Days 6 Nights basic plot. What did Anand rediscover forms the story’s undercurrent theme.
Sumanth Ashwin looks okay for the part considering the ‘meta’ angle related to his actual career. But, he still lacks the emotional depth to portray the real pain of the character. The styling on top of that makes the whole act look tacky from the start.
Rohan plays a parallel lead to Sumanth Ashwin. Character-wise his part is the opposite of Anand and has a central entertainment-providing role in the narrative. Rohan has done well but fails to bring emotional depth at crucial moments. He is fine as long as it is fun and frolic.
MS Raju directs 7 Days 6 Nights. After his last outing, Dirty Hari, this is another ‘edgy’ and ‘niche’ outing from the veteran filmmaker in an attempt to connect with the younger generation.
Unfortunately, 7 Days 6 Nights is a step back for MS Raju after Dirty Hari. It isn’t about the ‘bold content’ but more about the story and execution. The problem was there in Dirty Hari itself, but it’s more apparent here.
For starters, 7 Days 6 Nights is a rip-off of the Hollywood movie Sideways that came almost two decades ago. More than the copying, the lack of up-gradation shows how out of touch the filmmaker is with the current sensibilities.
The effort to modernise can’t be dismissed, though. We can feel that with the writing and the music. But, it goes missing when it comes to the visual and particularly the execution. The staging of a scene lacks the modern touch.
7 Days 6 Nights relies heavily on the ‘moments’ and fun and the undercurrent drama beneath all the fun. We never feel the emotional depth here. The narrative progresses superficially with no connection at all with the characters.
Since the story is thin and the casting is weak, the narrative feels tiring and running out of steam soon. It feels like a never-ending boring trip. The cherry on top is the predictability of the screenplay.
The first and second half moves at the same pace providing no particular high or low. It just goes through the motion to reach the end, which one can see coming miles away.
Overall, 7 Days 6 Nights is a bland and boring road trip movie. It is devoid of emotions, and that’s where it fails. The lacklustre leads add to the predicament.
Performances by Others Actors
Apart from Sumanth Ashwin and Rohan, there are two female leads, Meher Chahal and Krithika Shetty. The former is better of the two as at least she has some character to speak off. The latter is utterly forgettable. Goparaju Ramana appears in a scene, and he is adequate. Naresh can be heard but not seen. The rest don’t have anything worthwhile.
Music and Other Departments?
Samarth Gollapudi’s music is a significant positive aspect of the movie. It is the only element setting the right mood for the narrative and adds value to the proceedings. The songs are needless, but the background score is decent.
Nani Chamidisetty’s cinematography is alright. It follows a routine palette we usually see or associate with the road trip movies, with Goa as the location. There is nothing new or fresh in his approach or work. Junaid Siddiqui’s editing is decent. The writing is also okay in parts, but it fails to go to the next level.
Watch the English movie Sideways which has inspired 7 Days 6 Nights
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7 Days 6 Nights Telugu Movie Review by Mirchi9