BOTTOM LINE: A Hackneyed Romantic Drama With A Musical Silver Lining
Rating: 1.5 /5
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|Platform: Aha Video||Genre: Drama|
What Is the Story About?
Arun Prasad (Srikanth Iyengar) is a doting father to a lovely daughter Akhila (Shivshakti Sachdev). They share an inseparable bond. A few years later, Akhila is preparing for IAS exam. Amar (Vijay Ram) falls in love with her on first sight. He follows her relentlessly, but she refuses to acknowledge his love.
Will love become trouble between the father and daughter? Why does Akhila pursue becoming an IAS when she wants to be an engineer? What Amar does amidst all this is the basic premise of the film?
Vijay Ram starring in the pivotal lead role as Amar in the movie fails to impress. The biggest issue is the absolute lack of screen presence. And then comes the acting and the dialogue modulation. The combined effect makes his stick out like a sore thumb.
It wouldn’t have been a problem if others around him were on a similar pitch acting-wise. However, that is not the case here, which further makes him stand out.
The sequences involving the love and fun, the emotional moment in the bus and the pre-climax moment would all have been elevated with a better performer. It isn’t the case here, sadly.
Jonathan Edwards directs Amaram Akhilam Prema. It is a very simple and straightforward story which is highly predictable and routine. The screenplay and acting should have been top-notch to save the day, but that doesn’t happen.
The opening with a father recounting a tale of a king his princess sets the tone of the movie perfectly. However, as soon as we get into the actual content, it bores immediately. Still, the track sets up the core emotion of the movie, well.
One hopes the love story that takes over the routine yet decent opening block involving the father and daughter bonding would be even better to enhance the appeal further. But, the banal writing and weak performance from the lead ruins the efforts.
There is nothing happening story-wise until the interval mark. It is here that the core issue is revealed. Again, it is the father and the daughter moments that provide the engaging moment. It is also a neat set up for the second half.
However, what we get in the second hour is even more than the first one. Everything feels formulaic and lacking a cohesive momentum. One after the other, the scenes come and go with zero emotional appeal or engaging factor. The sheer predictability and the routineness is an additional dampener.
The writing is so poor that most of the times either the songs or the background score is used to cover up for the lack of emotions (especially from the lead actor).
Once again, when the narrative leaves the love story returning to the core father and daughter track, there is something to watch. There is a genuine emotion created by the two which reaches a proper emotional high through the mirror sequence, towards the climax.
But, the weak writing and over melodrama leaves one with a feeling of unintended emotions. One could feel that there was something to explore and create an impact. The message that the movie tries to convey is only conveyed in those few scenes, and everything else fails to impress.
Overall, Amaram Akhilam Prema aims to be a poetic and classic love story with a hackneyed plot. The music and a couple of casting choices further it, but everything else is a let-down. Frankly, the two hours and twelve-minute is overkill by two hours in the digital medium.
Shivshakti Sachdev does a decent job with his part. It feels like a decisive and author-backed female role, but it isn’t. She does a far better job in the emotional scenes compared to the hero. It is her scenes with Srikanth Iyengar, who plays the onscreen father, which are the better parts of the movie. Srikanth Iyengar too does his bit with all seriousness. Among the rest only veteran actress Annapurna registers. And this is including Naresh who is seen filling the space with having nothing significant to do.
Music and Other Departments?
Radhan, with his music and background score, is the real highlight of the movie. If not for his work, it would be challenging to sit through the entirety in a single stretch. The cinematography by senior lensman Rasool Ellore is not up to his high standards. There is a persistent short film quality to the movie. The editing is terrible. The narrative feels disjointed with many scenes giving an impression of being abruptly cut. The writing is disastrous barring a couple of lines involving the ore theme that comes during the pre-climax.
Track Involving Father And Daughter
Poor Lead Actor
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‘Amaram Akhilam Prema’ Review by Binged Bureau
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