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Hello Movie Review
Cast: Akhil, Kalyani, Jagapathi Babu, Ramya Krishna, and Others
Writing and Direction: Vikram K Kumar
Music: Anup Rubens
Cinematographer: PS Vinod
Editor: Prawin Pudi
Banner: Annapurna Studios and Manam Enterprises
Release Date: December 22nd, 2017
Some premises are hard to believe and harder to execute; but this is a trait that has ensured the exclusivity of a director like Vikram Kumar, be it 13B, Manam, 24 or his latest outing Hello. His ability to intertwine intelligence and soul within the mainstream format comes to the fore in the Akhil-Kalyani Priyadarshan starrer, a tale of childhood bonhomie, longing and romance spanning over a 15-year timeline. Where the logic falls short or a cliché surfaces, conviction of the filmmaker comes through. The innocence in its protagonists, the significance to little yet poignant moments over a two hour narrative results in a memorable romance-action-musical.
Childhood romances are a tricky arena to enter into; often we end up seeing characters who talk beyond their age. Associating that phase with love isn’t a space many filmmakers have done with maturity — Hello passes this test well. Let us see how the movie releasing today has fared with the audience.
Seenu (Akhil) and Junnu (Kalyani Priyadarshini) are soul mates since their childhood. Seenu is an orphan while Junnu hails from a rich family. They part ways but destiny brings them together after 15 years. As grownups, Seenu turns Avinash and Junnu as Priya and they still look to reunite. Rest is all about how they trace down their childhood love and take their relationship to the next level.
Kalyani Priyadarshan is fantastic. She looked glamorous and also performed well. She is brilliant in the emotional scenes as well. This is her successful debut. Ramya Krishna has played a wonderful role in the film and her performance is sure to impress all. Jagapathi Babu played a key role in the movie. Ajay's role is good and he did well. The rest of the actors made their presence felt.
The first half of the film is good but the actor is missing from the first 40 minutes of the first hour due to the childhood episode. His presence in the first half is mostly confined to chases. The second half is critical for the film. Even though the story should have been more engaging, Vikram drove home with his excellent narration. The Phone Number Episode could have been better. Every screen is made beautiful to give a long-lasting impact on the viewers and emotions are the heart of the film. Hello ends up a decent love story and also a perfect relaunch film for the actor which fits for his age and Akkineni image
Hello' has a lot to offer. Do not expect duets shot in exotic locales or hero elevation fight scenes because you will be disappointed. Give this one a watch this weekend, you won't regret it!
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