Honest Writer Works Passably
U, 2h 3m
What Is the Film About?
Padmabhushan (Suhas) works as an Assistant Librarian, but his dream lies elsewhere. He wants to be a famous writer. His debut novel, though, is a disaster. His life turns around when a new book with his name in writing credits gets a tremendous response, leading to a dream arranged marriage.
Who is the mysterious writer using Padmabhushan’s name? What happens when his father-in-law announces that the engagement will happen along with the new book launch? The answers to these questions form Writer Padmabhushan’s narrative.
Suhas is perfect for the role. It lacks the usual heroism visible even in the low-budget end of the movies. We only see the character which suits the actor to the T.
The vulnerability and self-deprecating humour are what majorly work for the part. The comedy is mainly situational and dialogue-based, and Suhas goes through them easily. However, if one has been following him, the act is bound to appear repetitive. We have seen him do the same before, but it still works, as it is not overdone so far. There are a couple of emotional moments towards the end, which are fine. It is a good outing for Suhas and will establish him further in the space in which the movie is set.
Tina Shilparaj playing the heroine is alright. She fits the bill despite lacking the usual big-screen heroine appeal or the glamour required for the same. She is fine doing the normal heroine things with a dash of reality. However, there is nothing memorable in the role, and she could have easily lost in the crowd if not for better screen space.
Shanmukha Prasanth directs Writer Padmabhushan. It is a simple slice-of-life dramedy with the background of aspirations and finding your truer self.
When a plot is so simple and predictable, the world and its characters and writing must be exemplary. In Writer Padmabhushan, they are fine. We can see the effort; much of it works, although not at the intended level.
The director takes time to establish the world. The saloon setup and the father-in-law introduction could have been done better. But, the hero’s parents and hero have enough going for them to overcome the issue.
The writing and screenplay successfully manage to create a little rooting for Padmabhushan. We feel sorry for him after a point and want to see him succeed. But the narrative takes a drastic turn concerning his character, which feels jarring. Credit to the team and the writing that few entertainment blocks click in this segment and hold things together when the narrative could have derailed. The hero-heroine romance track does the trick.
The twist in the tale at the interval mark makes one curious. However, things go north once the second half resumes. The comedy is forced, and the narrative feels all over the place.
One can sense that the newly introduced character is a decoy to hide the main twist and nothing more. We get precisely that a few moments later when the real drama related to the core plot unveils. It’s predictable, but the drama works due to the actors involved and decent writing. The ending, despite the predictability, hit home the point.
Overall, Writer Padmabhushan has a simple and relatable plot that engages in parts. The message at the end and the drama are neat, but it is too late to leave an impact. If you like a slice-of-the-life kind of dramedy, give it a try, but have expectations firmly in check.
Performances by Others Actors
Apart from the main leads, Ashish Vidyarthi and Rohini have vital roles. Both shine as ordinary couple with simple pleasures and dreams. Their characterisations and presence save Writer Padmabhushan from being a totally forgettable fare. Goparaju Ramana is adequate in a small role. Sri Gouri Priya Reddy is wasted after rising hopes at the introduction. The rest of the cast is alright, playing more minor roles.
Music and Other Departments?
Sekhar Chandra provides the music, whereas Kalyan Nayak takes care of the background score. Both do a decent job with their respective work lifting some dull moments in the process.
Venkat R Shakamuri’s cinematography effectively conveys a lighter mood to the proceedings. The close-up shots in a few outdoor locations could have been done better. Kodati Pavan Kalyan and Siddharth Thatholu do the editing. The narrative flows smoothly, even if the pace is a little slow. The writing is mostly fine and a significant reason to stay the course.
Parts of The First Half
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but with reservations
Writer Padmabhushan Movie Review by Mirchi9