Kalyan Krishna’s Soggade Chinni Nayana (2016) Movie Review
Directed by Kalyan Krishna, Written by Sathyanand, Music by Anup Rubens, Cinematography by P S Vinod, Editing by Praveen Pudi and the Cast includes Nagarjuna Akkineni, Lavanya Tripathi, Ramya Krishna, Brahmanandam, Hamsa Nandini, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Naga Babu and Sampath Raj.
Runtime: 145 Minutes & Censor Certificate: U.
Ram Mohan (Nagarjuna) lives with his wife Seeta (Lavanya Tripathi) in USA. They return to his mother Sathyamma (Ramya Krishna) in Rajahmundry due to some marital problems. In the meanwhile, Soul of Bangaruraju (Nagarjuna) is sent back to earth to complete the unfinished business at Rajahmundry. Yamadharma Raju (Naga Babu K) sets two conditions; He can’t be seen or heard by anyone other than his wife Sathyamma; two, Bangaru Raju has to sort all pending matters in a short time till Maha Shivaratri. A deadline is set.
Taking this as an opportunity, Sathyamma takes the help of Bangaruraju to settle marital issues of his son. But things turn around when Soori (Posani Krishna Murali) reveals the facts of Bangaruraju’s death and dies without telling the culprits names involved in the accident. Soon after Bangaru Raju realizes that Athma Nandam (Brahmanandam) can listen to him. Athma Nandam helps BangaruRaju to find the culprits behind the past incident. How he goes out takes his revenge and complete the unfinished task forms the crux of the story.
The strengths of the film include good performances by the lead cast. Performance by Nagarjuna as Bangaruraju and Ram Mohan is first-class. He simply magnetizes his fans with Panchakattu look. Lavanya Tripati gives a restrained and dependable performances as Seeta. But it’s Ramya Krishna who steals the thunder with her matured and romantic act. Brahmanandam as Athma Nandam is the surprise package of this film. Sampath Raj, Nassar and Posani Krishna Murali have nothing exceptional to do in this film. Vennela Kishore, ChalapathiRao, Jhansi, Bhramaji have given a competent performance in the limited role. Anushka Shetty, Diksha Panth, Anasuya and Hamsa Nandini have done well in the surprising cameos.
The story of the film is simple. It is a typical family entertainer with sizable doses of sentiment, fun and fanzy stuff – all ingredients are vital to keep viewers glued to their seats. Add a dash of village nativity, romance and feel good family emotions and the perfect recipe is ready. The theme of the film is of course not new. Such themes have been taken up many times before in lit as well as in movies. But still it is germane and that is what makes the film too relevant. It is to the director’s credit that he has used an age old formula and made a feel good film that doesn’t put audience disappoint till the end. The natural treatment given to the theme ultimately wins the day for this film.
There is even no excessive use of melodrama which tends to ruin this kind of story. The relationships are handled dexterously. Nothing seems to be over the top or out of place. The lead performances also helped the maker in achieving this. The script, penned by Sathyanand could have been a bit more polished and the director could have made the movement a bit faster. The village dialogues are fun and not too heavy for a normal cinegoer. The first half of the film moves at promising pace, establishing characters and the surroundings, his relationship with wife. But the tempo dips down in the second half and narrates the stuff in a quite simple way and drags. Even entertainment values drop in the latter half. The director and writer could have worked a bit on the second half script, which has a lot to narrate, but culminate things in a hastened way. It is also impossible to explain the faults of the film without disclosing some of the good elements and I leave you to figure out it all.
The songs penned by Srimani – Ananth Sriram – Bhaskerbatla and set to tune by Anup Rubens have also come off very well and merge with the film and storyline. The fault, actually is Anup’s background Score which either is too loud or fails to elevate few important sequences. The cinematography by P S Vinod & Siddharth is in tune with the subject. Editing by Praveen Pudi is smooth in the first half, however loses its phase in the second half. The second half is dragged and editing could have been sharper in the latter half. The director Kalyan Krishna made a promising debut, but has to improve in terms of narration which is concerned. Production Values of Annapurna Films are good.
Among glitzy, formulaic and commercial stuffs that seemingly burst in a logic less world of Tollywood, surprisingly Soggade Chinninayanna revives a simple family drama with pinch of supernatural. Movie raises our expectations in the beginning, but fails to do justice to those expectations through the length of the film. The second half moves along predictable lines though it is well shot and narrated in a promising way. Overall, Soggade Chinninayanna directed by debutant Kalyan Krishna is a “simple” breath of fresh air amidst the four films released this Sankranthi season, Go for it.
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