As breezy as it was expected to be from the looks of the trailer, ‘Bhanumathi Ramakrishna’ truly stands up to the expectations of new-age audience. This time no beating-around-the-bush drama, no love tracks and those singles that often irritate serious watchers, no serious breakups, melodramatic scenes and cinematic cliches and no over-the-board dialogues. But, like any other feel-good story, the narrative has a soul in every frame.
Options are aplenty to choose a girlfriend, but to select the right soulmate makes one ponder on several things. So when Bhanumati is abandoned by her boyfriend Ram (Raja Chembolu) for the reason that she is 30, it hurts her. ‘In the era of live-ins, break-ups and patch-ups, does love blossom even after 30s?’
Bhanumathi, played by Salony Luthra, feels desperate as she inches towards 30 — the age-limit of a woman which is often bracketed by society as “complicated”. Bhanumathi is a high-spirited, dynamic and to be precise a woman of steel and a no-nonsense girl who doesn’t compromise on anything which is mediocre. Even when it comes to friendship, she doesn’t hang out with mediocre people. A software professional, Bhanumathi is deeply conservative as a person more than by looks and her attire.
After a bad break-up with his boyfriend Ram, she feels a bit in disarray with the situations both at her workplace and in her family. Ram’s words do hurt her to the core. Although Ram is successful, enriching, ideal in his own sense, Ram doesn’t want to do anything dramatic in life. Returns to India only to tell Bhanumathi that he doesn’t like her. This makes her heart sink. When he says that he’s seeing someone “who is caring, understanding re than anything, she is just 24”, Bhanu can’t come out of it.
What happens when this highly educated and MNC professional Bhanu meets Ramakrishna (Naveen Chandra)? Does Bhanu get annoyed when someone like Ramakrishna who doesn’t know English joins the same project in her office — is something interesting to lookout for the viewers.
This apart, Viva Harsha’s hilarious comedy lightens up the show in between those sad scenes. The music from Shravan Bharadwaj is subtle enough to capture the mood and the whole process of filmmaking.
Salony’s character as Bhanumathi is impressive. The movie marks her debut in Telugu. Meanwhile, Naveen did his job well as an educated professional from rural background. First entrant Ravikanth Perepu’s endeavour to tell a story on screen has finally earned him a brownie point. But, will all the sections of audiences welcome this happy-ending story is a question mark.
Movie: Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Director: Ravikanth Perepu
Cast: Salony Luthra, Naveen Chandra, Shalini Vadnikatti, Raja Chembolu, Viva Harsha
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