Verdict: Mohana Krishna Indraganti pulls off a hat-trick.
Off late, Mohana Krishna Indraganti has been in good form with back-to-back hits like Gentleman and Ami Tumi. While Gentleman was a suspense and crime thriller, Ami Tumi was a new-age comedy. And now he is back with Sammohanam, touted to be a coming-of-age love story featuring Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles. Irrespective of the box office results, Sudheer Babu has carved a niche for himself by coming up with novel movies with refreshing stories. There is a talk in the industry circles that Sammohanam is loosely inspired by the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant flick, Notting Hill.
What’s Sammohanam About:
Sarvesh (Naresh) takes a voluntary retirement and tries his hands at movies but in vain. Sarvesh’s son Vijay (Sudheer Babu) is a cartoonist who does not like anything to do with movies or movie makers. Much to Sarvesh’s excitement, the makers of a movie titled Kummestha approach him for renting his house for a shoot for 20 days. Sarvesh agrees to let them use the house for free as long as he is given a chance to act in a role for the movie. Sameera Rathod (Aditi Rao Hydari) is the lead heroine for this movie and happens to meet Vijay, who helps her with her diction and language. They gradually become close to each other. However, when Vijay proposes to Sameera, she rejects. The film revolves mostly around these two storylines.
Sammohanam is a refreshing love story with realistic emotions. Except for the fact that the lead heroine is an actress in the movie, there is no other similarity to Notting Hill. Mohana Krishna Indraganti should be commended for sticking to the plot and getting the emotions right. Sudheer Babu is fantastic and so is Aditi Rao Hydari. The chemistry between the lead pair is astounding. Naresh has a meaty role and does it extremely well. Most of the humour comes from this character. P. G. Vinda’s cinematography is top-notch and all the frames look great. Vivek Sagar’s background score is brilliant and the songs are classy. Though made on a shoe-string budget, every penny spent on the movie shows on the screen. The screenplay is simple and neat, without any confusion.
What Could Have Been Better:
Sammohanam is targeted only for class audience and not the masses. A few songs in the first half could have been skipped.
Why you Should Watch:
Sammohanam is a must-watch for all the viewers craving class movies. The movie is realistic and has good dosage of humour, apart from the beautiful love story. Go for it this weekend.