Director: Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Cast: Sudheer Babu, Sudheer Babu, Naresh, Rahul Ramakrishna and Tanikella Bharani
Indraganti Mohan Krishna is one of the most promising directors of our times. Some of his films have worked and some haven’t, but his work, which has genuinely appealed to critics and audiences alike most of the times, is hard to ignore. Sammohanam is another noteworthy attempt by the filmmaker and it achieves what most love stories don’t as it leaves an everlasting smile as you walk out of the cinema hall. It’s one of those films that touch all the rights chords and in doing so; it works in most unexpected ways.
It’s a love story between an actress and a commoner. Unlike most love stories, the romance between the lead pair in Sammohanam is built organically. Nothing ever feels rushed, or comes across as superficial. Both Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari, in her Telugu debut, click as a pair, bringing to the fore the kind of on screen presence we rarely see in Telugu cinema. When they smile, we smile. When they cry, we cry. We feel their pain and joy. It’s amazing how Indraganti captures the romance between his lead actors in such breezy fashion, and it’s rare to see such nuanced writing. For instance, there’s a scene where the conversation is about rejection, and the way Indraganti has treated it is nothing short of brilliant.
The snail-paced narration might worry a few, but it’s nothing to be disappointed about because the film on the whole works very well. We also get some memorable characters in the form of Naresh and Rahul Ramakrishna. Naresh plays Sudheer’s father and scenes between them is filled with so much fun and heartwarming moments.
Sammohanam is one of the most heartwarming Telugu films of the year. It’s also a film that reassures us that sometimes even a simple story when handled in a mature fashion can make a lot of difference. Indraganti makes us root for Sudheer and Aditi, and we fall in love with them in the process.