Wedding video with preachy tone

Satish Vegesna’s previous directorial
Shatamanam Bhavati
had an emotional core that one could connect with — aged parents eagerly looking forward to their children visiting them periodically. Despite the somewhat indulgent romanticising of a ‘palletooru’ or slotting the younger generation and NRIS into a certain ‘type’, there were enjoyable segments. Prakash Raj and Jayasudha as the elderly couple put in commendable performances that moved viewers.

The director’s newest outing, though seemingly similar, feels more like a 140-minute wedding video with a lot of sermonising.

Early on in the film, Jayasudha tells her grandson (and us, the viewers) the sanctity of a marriage and the significance of a
kalyana mandapam
. The grandson, Srinivas (Nithiin) looks at the world from his
point of view and grows up to be a know-it-all guy for whom family is utmost priority. While working in the design capital Chandigarh, he meets Sridevi (Rashi Khanna). Her time alone in a new city is her father’s (Prakash Raj) way of letting her explore the world before she joins the family business.

Some songs leave you with a have a deja vu feeling while with the others, Mickey J Meyer tries to make the film a little more enjoyable.

The rustle of silks and unending ceremonies don’t make a family film; it has to have a structure and well-written characters. How many of us would watch a long wedding video with a preachy tone?

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