A film about the many misconceptions of love in what is supposed to be an urban setting. And like most films trying to portray that urban contrast it moves between coffee shops, fancy work spaces, bright and expensive flats and yoga here and there. If anything, I wish there was more from the rural subplot where the walls weren’t orange, blue or green.
Anil (Sumanth Ashwin) doesn’t want to be tied down to his life on the banks of Godavari by nodding to one of the many marriage proposals his mom (Rohini) keeps coming up with. He wants to explore the world, by which he means he wants date and marry a city girl unlike his uneducated, shopaholic mother. With this lofty ambition he arrives at the city, spots a girl in slo-mo in the next scene (ya, at a wedding) and then followed a dull stretch of every romantic cliché with the characters denouncing our pop-culture’s idea of love and sweet talk whenever possible. You know you shouldn’t be denouncing so much when all you have is a much cleaner, boring montage of the same thing.
So, the girl at the wedding, her name is Ananya (Eesha), a rich girl who works in a greeting card shop, she makes cards, her dad (Ravi Babu) is a success hungry television channel owner and her mom (Madhubala) was an aspiring actor who had quit auditioning post marriage and is now a yoga instructor. Ananya is that scared little girl lying in the bed as the parents have loud fights, too much cued and controlled dialogue in a brightly lit ambience, just never comes across as serious.
Anil doesn’t want anyone like his mom, Ananya doesn’t want anyone like her dad. So, they decide to go on a trial run of marriage by living together, to be sure.
Ashta-Chamma was the only time Indraganti got lucky with the casting. He would need far superior actors (the leads to start with) to put across any serious arguments. Sumanth Ashwin did show an improvement from his ridiculous debut, but, he’s still leaving a lot to his hands than the face. The new girl Eesha is in that same ‘awkward hand league’ too.
Avasarala Srinivas, Rohini and Madhubala did breathe in some life into the film, but, they were just the sub-plots aiding the story of amateur protagonists trying hard to look angry or happy.