What Is the Story About?
Kumari Srimathi (Nithya Menen) is fighting a legal case against her uncle to reclaim an ancestral property. His Uncle wishes to demolish and construct an apartment in its place. What are the challenges she faces in the process? Who are her supporters, and did she win the battle or not? This is the series’s overall plot.
The character of Kumari Srimathi is right down the alley of Nithya Menen. She nails the part effortlessly with the right amount of charm and drama. Nithya’s chemistry with different actors’ is the real highlight of the series more than anything else.
Nithya Menen easily slips into different shades the role offers. As a daughter, a stubborn relative who fights against her uncle, a simple girl who has feelings for a guy, a tough businesswoman, and so on, the actress organically and effortlessly portrays emotions. And yet, it is a simple part for her to pull off, and nothing memorable here.
Gomtesh Upadhye directs Kumari Srimathi, a series created and written by Srinivas Avasarala. It is a fairy tale like simplistic family drama set in the picturesque locations of the banks of Godavari.
The opening visual and block sets the mood perfectly with its dreaminess and old-world charm. The abundance of the latter, despite all the hurdles, is where Kumari Srimathi succeeds and also falters partially.
The story related to reclaiming the ancestral house or property is familiar. And neither is a setting like Godavari; what makes Kumari Srimathi work is the casting and writing that instantly connect one to the protagonist’s fight. The hook that draws one in is how a woman with hardly any support achieves what looks like an impossible feat.
Similarly, the screenplay follows predictable beats, but again, what holds attention is small ideas and conversations from time to time. The ‘idea’ of a bar run by a woman grabs attention. However, barring some technical details, the actual content moves on predictable lines.
The chemistry between various characters and their emotions and joys are eventually the attractive parts of the series. It brings a smile to the face despite the issues. And that is the success of the team.
The middle parts of the series drag after a neat setup. However, the final couple of episodes make up for the lag. The emotions, along with the fun, hit the right notes. The ending generates a well-deserved happy feeling and leaves one little intrigued.
Overall, Kumari Srimathi is what one can call a perfect feel-good entertainer that overcomes its shortcomings due to the effortless charm and warmth emanating from the cast. Try it if you like neat, feel-good dramas, even if there are issues.
The supporting cast of the series is strong with many known faces. The casting especially of the women is neat as everyone gets a unique role and has moments to register. Obviously, senior actors Gauthami and Talluri Rajeswari shine over everyone else. They also get vital scenes impactful in the narration.
The men also have good roles and are key factors in giving a feel-good vibe to the proceedings. It starts with Murali Mohan and continues with Thiruveer, a lovely change for him, Nirupam Paritala, and others. Prem Sagar playing an antagonist-like part goes overboard but is fine. Then there is a third set of bits and pieces actors like Naresh, Inturi Vasu, Mahesh Achanta, etc. who are also fine.
Music and Other Departments?
Staccato & Kamran provide the music and background score. The latter plays a key role in setting the right mood for the proceedings. A couple of songs, however, add to the length.
Mohana Krishna’s cinematography is good. It captures the milieu well while keeping it as natural as possible.
Srujana Adusumilli’s editing is smooth and keeps the narrative clean without any fancy cuts. There is a leisurely pace to the proceedings which added to the setting and music lends the old-world charm vibe. The writing is a major asset to the proceedings and also helps in providing a gripping narrative.
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Kumari Srimathi Series Review by Binged Bureau