Horror comedies are safe bets at Box Office though they are recycled in new formats. Instead of devils scaring the humans… what if humans scare the devils, the novel thought is put to execution by Mahi V Raghav with Taapsee Pannu in main lead supported by able comedian team, produced by Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy has hit the screens today. Let us see, what the film is all about?
NRI Raju (Rajeev Kanakala) lands in India to meet his old-age parents struck in Uttarakhand floods and went untraced. He decides to dispose their old bungalow which is actually haunted by four dead souls (Taapsee, Vijay Kumar, Roller Raghu and a small kid). As buyers run away in fear hearing about the bungalow, four guys in dire need of money (Srinivas Reddy, Vennela Kishore, Shakalaka Shankar and Thagubothu Ramesh) accept to stay for four days in the bungalow to wipe off ghostly rumors among buyers bargaining a fancy commission from Raju.
What happened later on? How these four heroes made fun of evil spirits? What’s the flashback of four ghosts connected with Raju is rest.
Except the intelligent screenplay in showcasing the central point of ghosts scared by humans in first fifteen minutes, rest of the narrative from Mahi V Raghav more or less followed the same beaten path of regular formulaic horror comedies in Prema Katha Chitram, Raju Gari Gadhi and so on. However, Mahi did a commendable job in bringing a rich output technically within the supplied meager resources. Thanks to the limited framework and restricted premise, Anando Brahma actually did not require anything more than this. Coming to writing part, high dosed hilarity for 20+ minutes in second part can be called the best stuff. As a director, Mahi V Raghav is definitely bestowed with the artistic finesses in exploring the best out of his artists and technicians.
Camera work by Anish Tharun Kumar and visual effects are pretty decent. Despite there are very few exterior shots, Anish Tharun Kumar kept audience curiosity alive with his sharp blocks. Music from K magnified the horror effect and there is couple of new sounds which captivated the attention. Shravan’s editing is very crisp letting boredom to never intrude. Production standards from Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy are in sync with the subject.
About artists, though Taapsee is main sale-able face, she can’t be called the heroine or hero of Anando Brahma because her screen time and character significance are less compared to rest of the comedians. She hasn’t got much to prove on performance front except sharing the scenes with Vijay Kumar, Roller Raghu. Then, Srinivas Reddy happens to be the leader of comedian team. His reverse therapy is entertaining and characterization resembles that of Geethanjali. Three Cheers to Vennela Kishore (Re-cheekati, deaf act), Shakalaka Shankar (act of imitating NTR, Chiru, Pawan, RGV, Ramdev Baba and others) and Thagubothu Ramesh (regular drunkard act) who kept the proceedings alive in second half with their sheer comic timing. Rajeev Kanakala suited into cunning villain role while Ravja Ravindra, Prabhas Sreenu did their parts.
Second Half Twenty Minutes
Slow First Half
Second Half First 15 Minutes (Srinivas Reddy Flashback)
If film making is all about locking the audience interest onto main screen without worrying on whether the same point is rehashed from old hit films or anything else, then Anando Brahma succeeded to most in tickling the fun bone. Agreed that there are unconvincing scenes written following a treated path yet Mahi V Raghav should be applauded for remaining sincere at least in following the fundamentals.
Beginning the narrative on a deceptive note with Rajeev Kanakala flying to India from Malaysia for selling the property, very soon Taapsee and her family is introduced in the same bungalow. Well ordered and popular spooky scenes are presented in the house only to reveal with a shocking twist. Rest of the first half is left for lengthy introductions of four pillar comedians. Their entry into house brings the interval card.
Second half kicks off on lethargic note with a much needed edit to Srinivas Reddy flashback shot in retro style. As we are thrown to four peculiarly designed comedians and eccentric evil souls, game of comic conflict leads the rest of 30 minutes show which is a laughter riot. In no time, Mahi gets back to redemption of his central story element with flashback connecting the loose ends paving the way for orderly climax.
Commercially, Anando Brahma is a safe venture relative to its shoe string budget. Though resembles many horror comedies released in last few years, it is a safe one time watch if you love the logic-less Telugu cinema horror comedy. Cinjoesh rates the film with 2.75 stars.