Review: Shatamanam Bhavati – A fairly entertaining family drama

Cast: Sharwanand, Anupama Parameshwaran

Director: Satish Vegesna

Producer: Dil Raju

Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations

Music Director: Mickey J Meyer

One of the most awaited and last films of this Sankranthi season Shatamanam Bhavati has finally hit the screens today. Now let’s see how this film turns out to be:

Story:

Set in the backdrop of a small village called Atreyapuram, Raju garu(Prakash Raj) lives a pleasant and cool life along with his wife(Jayasudha) and grandson Raju(Sharwanand). Raju Garu’s sons and daughters live in aboard and one day he invited them during the Sankranthi festival.

However, the twist in the tale raises when Raju garu’s wife finds out about her husband’s plan and gets upset big time. Moreover, small disturbances occur within the family and create a tense situation. Why did Raju Garu make that plan? What’s Raju Garu’s real intention? What’s the problem occurred in the happy family? To find out answers to all these questions, you need to watch the film on the big screen.

Positive Aspects:

Major highlights of the film are simple and clean family drama. The film looks quite natural and every character is designed with an ease. Sharwanand plays a cute and lovable role and impresses with his subtle performance and screen presence. Anupama Parameswaran gives a striking performance and her pairing with Sharwa looks quite pleasing. The chemistry between the couple elevates the film.

Family dramas like these do not have much in terms of storyline. The same is the case for Shatamanam Bhavati as there are not many interesting twists in the film which can keep you hooked. The plot is very thin and predictable for most part of the film. There are certain comedy scenes in the film which look quite forced. Pace of the film gets bogged down slightly during the second half and things start getting a tad boring with routine scenes.

Mickey J Meyers music is superb and the songs have been shot wonderfully. The visuals look quite colorful and camerawork needs a special mention. Editing is just average and the lavish production values of Dil Rjau are top notch. Dialogues are simple yet quite meaningful. Director Satish has done an excellent job but he chose a very routine and outdated storyline.

However, the way he has showcased the importance of family bonding and respect towards your loved ones needs to be appreciated.

Negative Aspects:

The conflict point i.e. the reason behind Jayasudha’s anger at Prakash Raj’s lie is unconvincing Pace of the film gets bogged down slightly during the second half. The less comedy quotient in the film is one of the negative aspects of the film.

Verdict:

On the whole, Shatamanam Bhavati is a perfect family drama, laced with family emotions and relations. A must watch film.

Rating: 3.25/5

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