Dull and Boring Wedding Ceremony
‘U’ Certified, 2 hrs 20 mins.
What is the film about?
Vasu aka Srinivas (Nithiin) and Sri (Raashi Khanna) falls in love with each other. The issue here is the conflict of interests between the father of the girl and the boy’s family. The former values time over tradition and the later is exactly the opposite. How Sri’s father changes through the course of the marriage is what the movie is all about?
How is Nithiin’s performance?
Nithiin is perfectly suitable for the role. In fact, he has been doing the same sort of roles recently and developed a screen presence required for the genre. It can be felt in the romantic scenes with the heroine where the actor develops a chemistry. Unfortunately for him, he has been riddled with a weak and boring characterization. All that he does in the movie is walk and talk and give lectures. They get boring immediately. The passive attitude further makes it worst. After a point, whatever he says feels irritating similar to the way a student feels when a teacher repeatedly tries to teach him something when the former is not interested.
Direction By Vegesna Satish?
After Shatamanam Bhavati’s success, director Satish Vegesna is back with a new outing and a renewed confidence. It can be observed in the way, Srinivasa Kalyanam has been executed. There appears no false note and the director is only bothered about what he wants to say rather than pace and other issues. So, if we look at it from the director’s perspective like the lead character does in the movie, he has done a fair job. But, like the lead character, he becomes boring very soon and that is the problem with the film as well.
The connect with the lead characters persona reflects one’s the likeability of the movie. The romance is nice and some non-preachy family value scenes are neat. The overall conflict built between RK (Prakash Raj) and Vasu (Nithiin) is relatable but no matter how well handled and executed the emotional connect is missing. The marriage proceedings lacks spice as the characters are dull and weak and have no genuine emotion.
A perfect and classic example here would be the first half of Fidaa or the very old Hum Apke Hain Kaun. As an audience, we feel like we are part of the family proceedings. An emotional bond is generated as the movie progresses. That is totally missing and there is a feeling of artificiality throughout. Still, there are experienced artists and decent writing in place which make few moments work. The pre-climax scene where different couple explains about marriage, for example, is really good.
Overall, Srinivasa Kalyanam is like a beautiful painting that is lifeless. We can stare at its beauty but can’t feel anything. The emotional response is missing and that is the movie’s biggest failure making it an average movie at best.
Raashi Khanna and others?
Raashi Khanna has never looked this beautiful. She is gorgeous and has a great pairing with Nithiin. Their chemistry should have been better utilized. Nanditha Swetha is effective in brief part that has an impact at important points. Poonam Kaur is wasted. All the senior artists, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Sitara, Rajendra Prasad, Naresh, etc have done their parts clinically with right precision and emotion. Then there is another bunch handling comedy like Praveen, Satyam Rajesh, Vidyulekka. They all suit the characters given to them and are adequate.
Music and other departments?
Mickey J Mayer once again breathes life to the proceedings with his music that is in sync with the narrative. The background score too is very neatly handled. The cinematography by Sameer Reddy is fabulous, especially the outdoor shots. The editing is crisp.
No Emotional Connect
Watch a documentary covering a marriage A to Z. It is bound to be more engaging.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
With huge reservation
Srinivasa Kalyanam Review by Siddartha Toleti
Srinivasa Kalyanam comes with a noble intent of reminding the forgotten values of the traditional marriage system. The first half is weaker compared to the second half. Visit back for our detailed frank review soon.
– Vasu (Nithiin) reveals the premarital agreement at the wedding venue. While Nithiin sounds very preachy, Prakash Raj gives a nice finishing touch. Stay tuned for the final report.
– The episode where each family shares their opinion on marriage is very well written.
– The premarital agreement between Prakash Raj and Nithiin is kept as a secret from other family members.
– Srinivasa Kalyanam second half started. Arrangements started for Vaasu (Nithiin) and Raashi’s wedding.
First Half Report:
Srinivasa Kalyanam first half is about family values and the importance of the marriage system. While the love track is ordinary, there are few well-written dialogues about family values. The movie gets interesting towards the interval.
– Both Prakash Raj and Nithiin comes up with a condition for the other before the wedding. Interval.
– Vasu (Nithiin) and Raashi Khanna fall in love.
– Raashi’s father Prakash Raj is a big shot entrepreneur who doesn’t believe much about family values. On the other hand, Nithiin is a believer in family traditions, follows his grandma Jayasudha.
– Story shifts to current. Jayasudha’s grand son Nithiin works in a different state meets Raashi. Nithiin’s Maradalu (Nandita Swetha) waiting for him in the village.
– Srinivasa Kalyanam show started. Naresh’s wedding is about tohappen, Jayasudha explains the importance and values of marriage.
Srinivasa Kalyanam US Premier live updates will begin from 6 pm EST. (3.30 am IST).
Preview: Srinivasa Kalyanam
To begin with, it’s Dil Raju’s confidence on the movie that has been making most of the noise apart from the fresh and impressive trailer. ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam‘ eventually turned out to be one of the most awaited movies.
Going by Dil Raju’s confidence and the words he spoke on various promotional occasions, ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ is expected to be another ‘Bommarillu’ from his banner. Dil Raju had the same confidence before the release of ‘Bommarillu’, back then.
Amidst rumors that Dil Raju ghost directed the movie, Satish Vegesna is coming up with another family drama that talks about human relations in the backdrop of an extravagant wedding and its rituals.
Audiences, the trade and especially, Dil Raju are hoping big way that Satish Vegesna will repeat the magic of his National Award winning film ‘Shatamanam Bhavati’ and even better to make it one of his most memorable movies.
Coming to the hero, Nithiin tasted back-to-back flops recently and this one looks like a perfect one to bounce back. If done well, ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ will bring Nithiin closer to the family audiences. Of course, he looked apt for the role in the teaser and the trailer.
After ‘Tholi Prema’, Raashi Kanna has got a full-length role that is equally important as the male lead. It all depends on the content and how the director drove the narrative. Music is good with one song, ‘Kalyanam Vaibhogam’ standing out and will remain one of the evergreen wedding songs.
The huge star cast aka Prakash Raj, Naresh, and Jayasudha among others do make us believe that we are going to have a real visual feast with this wedding tale.
Advance bookings have to pick up big time and the word of mouth is crucial from the first shows. Let’s see if the director and Dil Raju can repeat the success of ‘Shatamanam Bhavati’ or even bigger as Dil Raju is hoping for.
Stay tuned and keep track of this space for ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ review from our mirchi9 team.
Srinivasa Kalyanam US premier gross at 10 pm EST – $62,334