'Bhanumati Ramakrishna' is the latest OTT web film release. Currently streaming on AhA, the film is directed by newcomer Srikanth Nagothi. Is this urban rom-com worth a watch? Let's find out.
Bhanumati (Salony Luthra) and Ram (Raja Chembolu) part ways after the latter starts seeing a 24-year-old woman. He makes it clear that she is too old for him - she is in her 30s.
Around this time, Ramakrishna (Naveen Chandra) joins the company where Bhanumati is her immediate boss. He is from Tenali and comes with that small-town innocence, which the female lead develops a liking for. They predictably fall in love with each other. But will their love have a happy ending?
Newcomer Salony Luthra leverages her theatre background to pull off the role of a 30-year-old woman with restraint. Her body language is perfect for the role Naveen Chandra is growing as an actor. After 'Evaru' and 'Aravindha Sametha', he shows total contrast in a well-written role. Raja Chembolu enacts well in the limited space that he gets. Viva Harsha is hilarious here and there.
The songs are integral to the drama. Music director Shravan Bharadwaj understood his brief and, helped by Krishna Kanth's profound lyrics, did complete justice. Achu Rajamani's background music is another asset. It doesn't intrude into the drama. Sai Prakash U's cinematography is fine.
The nature of the equations between the lead pair is pleasing to watch.
The mature handling of their secret thoughts and how they behave in not-so-ordinary situations is a plus.
The dialogues are adequate.
There is an element of relatability in the way Salony Luthra's character handles her problems. She finds loneliness tough all of a sudden. This is very psychological.
At 95 minutes, the run-time is alright.
The story has an element of role reversal, in that Bhanumati takes on the mantle of a typical hero and thinks she should turn into a giver of boons to her man.
The cultural mismatch between the lead pair is handled sensitively and in a realistic way.
Naveen Chandra's characterization could have been way better. The director seems to have stereotyped the small-town guy.
The climax is not convincing. It is not only hurried but also throws up a moment which is totally unrealistic. Hint: It has to do with what the male lead does with the female lead.
We know Bhanumati and Ramakrishna are old-school names, but was there a crying need to obsess about them?
This web film is largely entertaining and emotionally moving as well. It avoids the typical tropes of Telugu cinema in general, and tells a mature story. If you can ignore the flaws in the climax, you will totally enjoy it.