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Sammohanam movie review: This Aditi Rao Hydari film will hypnotise you

Sammohanam movie review: The film stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Sudheer Babu play the lead roles in the film directed by Mohana Krishna Indraganti.

regional movies Updated: Jun 15, 2018 15:53 IST
Priyanka Sundar
Priyanka Sundar
Hindustan Times
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Sammohanam movie review: Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari have performed really well in this film.

Sammohanam
Cast: Aditi Rao Hydari, Sudheer Babu, VK Naresh
Direction: Mohana Krishna Indraganti
Rating: 3/5

What explains the fascination people have for film stars? Why audiences spend hard-earned money to watch a bunch of people sell a lie in a dark theatre? Sudheer Babu as Vijay understands cinema for the mirage it is and wants to stay away from the industry. After all, to him, cinema is a field ‘where people lie to you and have you believe in a pipe dream’.

Then he meets Sameera Rathod (Aditi Rao Hydari), an actress who does not know Telugu trying her luck in the industry by working in a film with popular actor Kiran Babu. Their paths cross thanks to Vijay’s father (VK Naresh), who has given up his steady job to pursue his dream of acting. This character is the film’s highlight and bit of an anomaly in India where parents want their children to become engineers and doctors. He wholeheartedly supported Vijay when he wanted to pursue fine arts and is bemused now that his son won’t support him and his dreams.

The father gets his wish nonetheless. In return for waiving off rent for out-of-towner Sameera, he gets a role in her film. Vijay – who hates cinema and has never heard of Sameera – is shocked when he sees the actress trying to speak Telugu dialogues and failing fantastically. His mother now has a view on the film industry, his father has a role in the film and his sister wants to do the costumes – and Vijay doesn’t like any of it one bit. However, he can’t help but fall in love with the beautiful woman in the middle of it.

The film unfolds as a sweet love story of a man who has preconceived notions but still falls in love with a woman who wants to make it big in that profession. The misunderstandings are mellowed down, the romance is adorable and the shift in visuals every time Aditi comes on screen signifies her status as the star.

With Sammohanam, Aditi has made a strong debut in Telugu. Her role reflects what working women go through every day. She is struggling to make a successful career in a place that is new to her, amidst people she doesn’t know and in a language that is foreign to her. Even when she goes through personal conflicts, she brushes them aside to get on with work. She makes mistakes, falls in love and does everything that any girl her age would do.

Sudheer Babu and VK Naresh’s bond is extraordinary in the film and one of the best scenes is when the two of them head out to solve a problem that Aditi’s character faces in the film. The hilarity of what they are doing is not lost on them and that just makes it all the more charming.

Another promising trend that this film exemplifies is the importance given to consent and why it is important to respect a woman’s no. When Vijay confesses his feelings and is rejected by Sameera, his mother sits him down and explains why rejections are okay and how the girl has a right to say no. This was also the case with Fidaa and Ninnu Kori earlier.

A simple story told in a straightforward manner works primarily because of the performances of the lead cast members and in certain places, the stunning music. The background score in Sammohanam has to be mentioned for the sense of purity it adds to a scene. There is a specific semi-classical piece that plays out in the background when Vijay thinks of Sameera, and it is beautiful.

Sammohanam is a great example of what happens when music, story, performance and visuals go hand-in-hand. This is a film which is worth your money.

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First Published: Jun 15, 2018 15:46 IST