Review: AAP

Review: AAP
'Amaram Akhilam Prema' started streaming on AhA from September 18. Here is our review of the latest OTT release. 

Story

For Akhila (Hindi TV actress Shivshakti Sachdev makes a Telugu debut), her father Arun Prasad (Srikanth Iyengar) is the world. Much against her wishes, she starts pursuing the dream of becoming an IAS officer because it's her father's dream. 
 
Once Akhila moves to Hyderabad, a jobless guy Amar (Vijay Ram) woos her. As he is head over heels for her, Amar comes to know of a shocking truth about Akhila's life. What is the truth? Can it be a game-changing revelation? Why is Akhila a damsel in distress? What role does her father have in this? Find out by watching the film.

Performances:

Shivshakti Sachdev makes a pleasing debut. The 27-year-old beauty has got a nice screen presence and her homely looks make her the best fit. After shining in the role of a problematic father in 'Brochevarevarura', Srikanth Iyengar gives his best in a father's role in 'AAP'. 
 
Debutant Vijay Ram may not be winsome but he is largely adequate in a role that demands of him to emote pain. Annapurna, VK Naresh and the rest of the cast are good in different ways. 

Technical Departments:

Since this is a love story and also a father-daughter drama, the songs had to be appealing. And Radhan largely does justice to the story. The visuals are good for a film that is largely a closed-door drama spare outdoor shooting segments.
 
What Works:
 
The father-daughter scenes stand out.
 
The writing department does a fairly good job of establishing the conflict with a gripping flashback before the interval.
 
The film acquires the features of a true-blue emotional drama that is typical of Kollywood in the pre-interval segment and again in the third act. 
 
The mood-based and story-based songs are interspersed well with the narration.
 
Akhila speaks less and emotes everything through her looks. This is what the story and her character needed to do.
 
Despite all the predictability, the climax manages to be touching.
 
What Fails:
 
While there is a certain depth to Amar's character, the love story between Amar and Akhila is not helped by the soulless wooing scenes. It's not just about stalking. The way Akhila behaves in Amar's presence comes off as too counter-intuitive after we come to know of her past, in later portions.
 
There comes a moment when Amar helps Akhila when she is running a fever. The narration almost suffered a body-blow at this juncture. You have to watch the film to know why. It's not about the particular thing that Amar does. It's about how the scene plays out, his body language, her behaviour, the dialogue.
 
Since the wooing scenes in the first half are too many, strong comedy alone would have redeemed them.
 
Much as the father-daughter segment is the film's heartbeat, at times, the segment comes undone by too much of sweetness in the initial portions and too much of done-to-death sentimentality in the climax.
 
The father's character should have been asked some poignant and hard-hitting questions by Amar. The one scene between them should have hit the ball out of the park. No, it doesn't happen. 
 
Verdict:
 
These days, family stories are rare to come by. Rarer still are family films with a love story at the core. 'Amaram Akhilam Prema' is that rare film in terms of genre. Had the same film been made in Malayalam, most of the Telugu film observers would be gushing about its many scenes and asked, "Why don't our Telugu filmmakers make films like this?" 
 
Like most of the overrated Mollywood films, 'AAP' is just about good. Watch it!