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Suryakantam review: Tests your patience

Suryakantam, the rom-com, tests patience with its unoriginal setup and unengaging narration.

Source: Sify

By: J Gudelli/TELUGUCINEMA>COM

Critic's Rating: 1.75/5

Friday 29 March 2019

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Movie Title

Suryakantam

Director

Pranith Bramandapally

Star Cast

Rahul Vijay, Niharika Konidela, Perlene Bhesania, Shivaji Raja

On the day of Pelli Choopulu, Abhi (Rahul Vijay) tells the girl Pooja (Perlene) about a girl whom he loved. She is Suryakantam (Niharika), an eccentric girl who constantly goes missing for days and appears out of the blue. He likes her a lot. When he thinks that she has started liking him, she suddenly is not seen anywhere. Months pass. He thinks that she has left for him good and agrees to marry Pooja. When he gears up to begin a new life with this new girl, Suryakantam comes back to his life leading it to chaos.

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Suryakantam is directed by newcomer Pranith Brahmandapally who earlier directed the web series Muddapappu Avakai starring Niharika. In his debut movie, the director has employed same web series comedy sequences to narrate this clichéd storyline. Barring the Niharika's Gone Girl act, there is nothing new in this story of a boy caught between two girls.

Right from the opening sequence between a pantulu and Shivaji Raja, the so-called jokes are outdated. While Shivaji Raja is reading a newspaper, the pantulu asks, 'are you reading newspaper?' and pat comes the reply, "no, I am selling vegetables". Such is the clichéd jokes galore we see in this so-called new-age rom-com.

Suryakantam has commitment phobia due to her broken family. Generally, we see this trait in the male protagonist, here the gender is reversed. But the director has failed to tell it engagingly and entertainingly. Though the second half is fairly better than the boring first half, the movie on whole tests patience.

Rahul Vijay as a guy with a confused mind is decent. His characterization is dumb though. Niharika as Suryakantam is hardly impressive, she barely passes muster. Perlene Bhesania as Pooja is the typical other girl.

Technically the film is just okay. Music is pleasant though. Editing is passive.

Suryakantam, the rom-com, tests patience with its unoriginal setup and unengaging narration.

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