Brahmotsavaman is an Indian Telugu-language drama film written and directed by Srikanth Addala which is produced by Prasad V Potluri under the banner PVP cinema, it features Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Pranitha Subhash in lead roles. Mickey J. Meyer composes the film's music and Mani Sharma scores b...more
Brahmotsavaman is an Indian Telugu-language drama film written and directed by Srikanth Addala which is produced by Prasad V Potluri under the banner PVP cinema, it features Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Pranitha Subhash in lead roles. Mickey J. Meyer composes the film's music and Mani Sharma scores background music while R. Rathnavelu and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao handle the film's cinematography and editing respectively. less
Director Sreekanth Addala has a distinction of introducing many tropes in a typical Telugu drama. His characters never stay silent and never talk straight. The over world is a family and, now, world is a stage. More of family bonding, more of relationships, more of egos and separations, more of uncanny comedy, and much more. Brahmotsavam is a reflection of that very Addala who never tires of believing that anything to with 'family' will be a sweeping success.
Brahmotsavam has all the staples starting from a rich extended family to the hero facing a crisis of falling short of relatives and goes on a quest to find his distant 'beerakaya suttam'. Unlike SVSC, it doesn't hover on the middle-class woes, but rather touches in the ego clashes among rich and how the relationships can fall apart like pack of cards when they aren't nurtured properly.
The movie tries to stand tall on a wafer-thin story line with all the actors and technical departments firing their cylinders to prune its large canvas to perfection. There are strokes and masterstrokes, but at times, the art of mixing the right colors to right proportion goes missing. May be an editing blooper or a screenwriting glitch, few scenes miss the connect and pop up without any rhyme or reason. We expect the characters to be well fleshed out, but many of them are brutally wasted with a blink-and-you-miss appearances.
Mahesh never goes out of charm. He is layered with all the dope that's archetypal for a Telugu hero. A hunk to fall for, a son who's venerated like his father, a lover who makes his loved ones sleepless, and above all, a relative who re-re-re-reiterates the true essence of family bonding and importance of relationships. He is hell bent on changing the Gen X who live and bury themselves in the screens of their smart phones.
Kajal gets a small but exciting role to play. However, her break down before interval reminds you of Prabhas doing the same in Mr. Perfect. The endearing ones from the lot are Samantha and Rao Ramesh. The former takes the cake with her funny antics with Mahesh in the later half, and the latter is a powerhouse unleashing a volley of emotions and comic potions.
While Rathnavelu bathes the frames with sunlight and over crowds them all through, Gopi Sunder brings a surprise to the narrative with his immersive background score. The remaining credit falls in the lap of Thota Tharani for his magnificent set design. Not to forget the effort of penning the heartwarming dialogue is shared by Sreekanth Addala and Krishna Chaitanya.
A little bit of fine editing would have put the film under control staying away from unwanted digressions. The elaborate platter gets overstretched beyond the horizon, and moves without a logical spine. That makes Brahmotsavam a film to love for its tugging-the-heart-strings kind of moments and rue for its overbearing sentiment and style sans substance.