‘Lovers’ starring Sumanth Ashwin and Nanditha is a colorful youthful romantic comedy that revolves around the star-crossed lovers whose destined love story was thwarted often by their own unknowing deeds.
Siddhu (Sumanth Ashwin) in his high school days has two love interests Geeta (Tejaswi Madivada) and Soumya (Shamili) consecutively, who end up breaking his heart, no thanks to the advice offered by their common friend Chitra Balasubramanyam (Nanditha). But destiny being the humorous destiny renders Siddhu hopelessly in love with the very same girl Chitra, the reason for his prior heartaches. Although love allows him to look beyond the pain given to him, he realizes the true challenge before him is to convince Chitra that love isn’t all that bad as she perceives based on her half-boiled psychology theories.
Maruthi is known for his fresh approaches to stories and choice of subjects. However, the confusion and not such a great combination of characters leaves you rather lost in the film owing to the loosely strung narration, untimely songs and comic reliefs. Nonetheless, Sapthagiri manages to charm the audience; this boy’s got his business rolling for sure! The songs have a fresh feel to them so even though you feel they’re a little unnecessary here and there, you tend to get lost and come out of the theatre humming the tunes.
What’s disappointing are few holes in the script. There is a lot of importance to Nanditha’s characterization and you’d expect a final explanation towards the end to help us understand why this girl is the girl she is… but nada! You don’t get your answers. Sumanth still has a long way to go with respect to his acting skills, he was the same coquettish boy you remember from Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha and he’s yet to find his own identity to make it big in the industry.
A slow first half kills the initial pace of the film however Sapthagiri fills in the gaps. Cinematography was rather fine but Nanditha is girl that needs some work to show her prettiness and that work was not put in. All in all, it’s a romcom all right! – But the Happy Days crowd has grown up, found jobs, gotten married, few divorced and no longer fit the bill of the target audience of this film. It’s for the now growing up teenagers who are growing up at the alarming rate and should better watch the movie now, or they’d be too old for it too soon.