The bone of contention for tinsel town is to deal with run-on-the-mill stuff. Many films border on the ordinary and never try to get into the territory of extra-ordinary. When someone attempts a different film, it boils down to a hatke treatment keeping the core same, and that’s been done to death. All the creativity and imagination is limited to the screenplay and one never tries to push the envelope to bring a fresh story to celluloid. This is the status quo of Telugu cinema. But, director Mohankrishna Indraganti beats all the foresaid facts to pulp and his flights of reality take off in the form of Anthaku Mundu Aa Taruvaata.
AMAT is more of fact and less of fiction. Some scenarios bring in the romance, the multiple plans hatched by the boy to get the gal, and of course, everything culminates into a happy ending. On the flip side, some bring an air of realism, and fill the atmosphere with a stench of harsh realities.
Anil (Sumanth Ashwin) is a happy-go-lucky-guy and a believer in the institution of love marriage. At a wedding, he is head-over-heels for creative and artistic Ananya (Eesha). He hatches multiple plans to befriend the gal and tries to take the relationship to the next level. Ananya also shares some commonalities with Anil and reciprocates well. When their love is set for take-off, the clouds of gloom monger over them.
Anil’s parents have passed out of the institution of ‘arranged marriage’ and Ananya’s from that of ‘love marriage’. Both the couples are not happy. The reasons are many, and they lead Anil and Ananya into a state of confusion about their relationship. Then they want to test their compatibility and check how good they are as wife and husband. What will happen next and will they pass or fail in this test forms the rest of the story.
The end seems obvious but here the journey is important and not the destination. How they understood the nitty-gritties of their relationship. How they transformed seemingly arduous tasks into easy jobs. Finally, how they realized it’s easy to impress other person but it’s difficult to stay the way they are. That’s the crux of the film. Albeit the film fell prey to the tonal shifts with a breezy first half and a sentimental second; it never digressed from its main narrative to add an extra dose of entertainment.
Writer director Mohankrishna Indraganti lends a master-stroke to the film’s canvas with his delectable craft. He creates a love story-ish aura and fills it with meaningful events that mark the journey of the lead pair. What starts as a mutual attraction between them translates into a quest to unearth their qualms. Indraganti also gives a proper justification for the other stories and the relationships of other characters. He bravely brings the topics such as pre-marital sex, urban-rural divide in the context of making love, menstrual cycles etc., under the ambit of the film. The simple, straightforward writing and the crackling dialogue escalates the film by many notches.
Sumanth Ashwin gives a pleasing performance and exudes the boy-next-door charm. At places, his dialogue rendition seemed forceful, but this can be pardoned as this is his second film. He has a long way to go and will definitely shine as a good actor. The new-actress-on-the-block Eesha displays her natural flair for acting. She makes her Ananya believable and gets the film rolling with her radiance.
The supporting cast of Rao Ramesh, Rohini and Ravi Babu does their parts well. Srinivas Avasarala gets the audience into splits with his fun filled moments and witty one-liners. Madhu Bala plays a bad second innings. She stands out as a sore thumb among the other characters. She looks plastic and her expressions are artificial. Here, the director picked a bad fork.
Kalyan Koduri gave some lilting tunes and background songs. There is definitely more scope for music in a love story format but the composer failed to capitalize on it. Vinda’s camera makes the film visually appealing. The template of the film was made glossier with some vibrant hues and the production team never went overboard in filling it with candy floss.
AMAT is slow-paced, mature and doesn’t cater to the flawed definition of entertainment. It’s devoid of forced laughter, cheap humor and double entendres. It never tries to deviate from the story and the screenplay is finely carved to bring out the best. Watch it to find the answers for many questions that bother you in terms of love and relationships. It tries to address the most common problems and cements your belief in the institution of marriage. Kudos to Mohankrishna Indraganti for bringing a slice-of-life to the screen.
My Rating: Expectation – 5/10; Reality – 7/10view less