Featuring Uday Shankar and Jiah Sharma in lead roles, Kshana Kshanam is written and directed by Karthik Medikonda. The rest of the cast includes Raghu Kunche, Ravi Prakash, Shruthi Singh, and Koti. Produced by Dr Warlu and Dr Mannam Chandramouli under Mana Movies banner, the music and background score is composed by Roshan Salur, and cinematography is handled by Sidhardha Karumari. Touted to be a dark comedy thriller laced with suspense factor, let us see the merits and demerits of Kshana Kshanam.
The turn of events is unexpected
Satya (Uday Shankar) and Preethi (Jia Sharma) are orphans and marry each other leading an ordinary middle-class life. Preethi is a money-minded woman and is not happy with Satya, who lives on her earnings. While Satya loses all his money in the fishing business, things turn worse in their relationship where they reach a stage of contemplating for divorce. As Satya becomes bankrupt, he joins a dating app looking for a way out from his financial turmoil. He befriends a married woman named Maya (Shruti Singh), who seduces him and invites him to her home to spend some quality time. Things turn worse when Satya finds Maya dead. Though he informs the police, Si Krishna Manohar (Ravi Prakash) suspects him and starts an investigation. What happens next is to be seen on screen.
The casting is fairly apt
Uday Shankar shows maturity in acting with his third offering. He is subtle and was too good in scenes showcasing his helplessness when being caught for no fault of his. Arjun Reddy girl Jia Sharma excelled in a full-fledged role and was superb, especially in the latter half. Ravi Prakash and Raghu Kunche were apt in their limited roles. Koti is impressive in his debut movie as an actor. The rest of the cast got their job well done.
Karthik pulls off an engaging thriller
Director Karthik Medikonda does a decent job in pulling off an engaging thriller. For any thriller, the climax plays a vital role and Kshana Kshanam does manage to get a perfect climax which is unexpected. Roshan Salur’s music and background score add color to the narration and Sidhardha Karumuri’s visuals gel well with the thriller genre. Editing is crisp with no unwanted scenes the run-time of less than 2 hours is a plus. Production values are decent for a low-budget flick.
WATCH OR NOT
Kshana Kshanam is a decent thriller that manages to engage the audience throughout and lifts their spirits with an unexpected climax. You may watch it at your own discretion.
Director: Karthik Medikonda
Writer: Karthik Medikonda
Cast: Uday Shankar, Jia Sharma, Raghu Kunche, Ravi Prakash, Shruthi Singh, Koti( Music Director)
Music: Roshan Salur
Background score: Roshan Salur
Cinematography: Sidhardha Karumuri
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