Verdict: A love story you can relate to.
Premam, starring Naga Chaitanya, Shruti Haasan, Anupama Parameswaran and Madonna in lead roles, is a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster by the same name. This is directed by Chandu Mondeti who earlier gave a super-hit in the form of Karthikeya. Expectations were huge when this remake was announced, as the original one is considered to be a cult-classic. Did Naga Chaithanya get the much-needed break? Were they able to meet the humongous expectations? Let’s see what is in store for the viewers.
The movie starts with Vikram (Naga Chaitanya) falling in love with Hema (Anupama Parameswaran) during their teens. After a few years, Vikram falls in love with Sithara (Shruti Haasan) during his college days. And later, in the present day, Vikram falls in love with Sindhu (Madonna Sebastian). Premam is a tale of three love stories that happen in Vikram's life over a period of time and conveys a message that love stories end but feelings don’t.
Premam is Naga Chaitanya all the way. The three shades of characters that Chaitanya portrayed is undoubtedly the best in the seven years of his career. His mannerisms during the teenage life, the ruggedness in his college life and the maturity in the present life are way beyond one’s expectations. He has excelled in all the three dimensions of the characters that he has portrayed. Anupama Parameswaran is cute as Vikram’s teenage crush and enacted her role well. Shruti Haasan as the young teacher is fabulous and has played her role with conviction. There are several trolls happening on social media platforms, comparing her with Malar, who played the original. They are equally good in their own ways. Madonna suits perfectly the role she has played. Prudhvi Raj has done an excellent job as Hema’s dad. Praveen, Chaitanya Krishna, Noel, Jeeva, Brahmaji, Viva, Narra Srinu, Srinivasa Reddy and others were adequate. There is a very pleasant surprise in store for all the Venkatesh and Nagarjuna fans.
Chandu Mondeti has made some changes from the original flick to suit to Telugu audience. He must be appreciated for taking the risk of remaking a cult classic and has emerged victorious. With Premam, the count is now two hits in a row for Chandu. Cinematography by Karthik Ghattamaneni is brilliant. All the frames looked rich and glossy. Music by Gopi Sunder and Rajesh Murugesan is awesome. All the songs have already been chartbusters and the background score is at its peaks. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao needs a special mention. Production values by Sithara Entertainments are good.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watching Premam is like watching ourselves on screen. The three love stories will resemble most of our lives and will give us the feeling of déjà vu. Go, reprise yourself at a theatre near you by watching Premam this weekend.
— By Ajay Mudunuri