Cast : Duqluer Salman, Rashmika Mandhana, Mrunal Thakur, Thakun Bhascker, Bhumika Chawla, Sumanth, Priyadharshi, and Vennela Kishore
Music Composed by Vishal Chandrashekar
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao
Cinematography by P S Vinod
Directed by Hanu Raghavapudi
Produced by Swapna Dutt
Dulquer Salmaan is one of the most sought after actor in Indian Cinema now. He has been choosing his scripts carefully to suit his image. From Malayalam industry, on the back of the content based films, he grew to Pan-India actor level like his father Mammootty. Sita Ramam Movie is his Telugu film debut and Hanu Raghavapudi after a set back like Padi Padi Leche Manasu came up with this film. Mrunal Thakur debuted in this movie and Rashmika Mandanna played a crucial role. Sita Ramam with the trailer and teaser gave expectations of providing an experience like never before with a poetic take on Romance. Did the movie live upto the expectations? Let’s discuss…
Afreen (Rashmika Mandanna), a student in London, hates India to the core. She finds out that her grandfather, a retired Pak army major (Sachin Khedekar) has left a job for her as his dying wish. Unwillingly, she travels to India to fulfil that wish. The wish is to meet Sita (Mrunal Thakur) and deliver a letter written by Lieutenant “Ram” (Dulquer Salmaan), who got captured.
Afreen finds Balaji (Tharun Bhascker), a senior from her class, to help her in Hyderabad. She starts to unwind the complete mystery behind Sita and Ram’s story. Why this letter has to be delivered to Sita? Why Ram got arrested in Pakistan? Watch the film to know more …
Dulquer Salmaan gave a charming performance. As Ram he looked like a cute boy soldier who genuinely could be cuddled. His charm, dialogue delivery and ease in portraying emotions make the character more interesting. Mrunal Thakur showed her prowess in carrying an elegant role. Rashmika Mandanna slightly over-played but did well. Rest all of them acted aptly for the roles written. Among the others – Murali Sharma leaves an impact. Production values, visuals and Music deserve special mention.
Hanu Raghavapudi tried hard to control his ambitious nature in writing and direction as well. He tried a little bit too hard in the second half to not drag the emotional scenes too much that proved to be problematic in Padi Padi Leche Manasu. Here, he underwhelmed during the climax as narrative dipped from the strong visual based one from the first half. Had his writing been more convincing rather than convenient, movie could have lasted with us as a magical love story. Rather it feels like conclusion has been dragged out too much. The climax also feels unconvincing due to the mythical connection that the director tried to establish in the first hour. Performances and crafts make the movie Watchable one-time.
Three songs and BGM
Bottom-line: Visually Appealing