Called to be a mini multi starrer from director Sriram Adittya of Bhale Manchi Roju fame, the film has Sundeep Kishan, Sudheer Babu, Nara Rohit and Aadi Sai Kumar in leads, produced by Anand Prasad of Bhavya Creations. Releasing today amidst a decent hype, let us see what is Shamantakamani all about in the actual review part.
Circle Inspector Ranjit Kumar (Nara Rohit) and his assistant (Roller Raghu) is given the case to trace the stolen rich car Rolls Royce aka Shatamantakamani from a midnight pub party at Provotel. This car is owned by rich businessman (Suman). From the CC TV footage found, Ranjit Kumar brings four suspicious persons aka Krishna (Sudher Babu), Shiva from Kotipalli (Sundeep Kishan), middle class guy Karthik (Aadhi) and car mechanic (Rajendra Prasad) into the story. Why these four went to the pub last night? How are they connected with theft?
Analyzing from story, in fact Sriram Adittya caught hold of a wafer thin line which pivoted majorly on characterizations, situations and writing part. Even though the central point to discover a missing car is interesting, it’s the elaborate screenplay with entertainingly dealt characterizations kept the narrative engaging. Working at minute level on screenplay helped Sriram to convince the audience with his colorful direction. Like Bhale Manchi Roju, even this film had a peculiar color tone and a typical Sriram mark. In fact, he hasn’t missed any chance in ripening the fun. Though he wasted major time in introducing five main leads at leisure pace, acceleration in second half helped the final result. Sameer Reddy’s lighting schema and key episodes shot in pub were delightful. Praween Pudi’s editing is a cool job because he never let the audience to fall into confusion with plenty of lead artists. Mani Sharma’s RR is exceptional. Every paisa wisely invested by Bhavya Creations was visible on screen.
About artists, Sundeep Kishan and Rajendra Prasad stole the key entertainment part. Both of them evoked laughs in second half PS scenes. While Rajendra Prasad’s comic timing needs no special introductions, his romantic part with Indraja is a bit slow. Right from introduction scene, Sundeep was in high spirits and his presence made proceedings hilarious. Rohit was more serious while Aadi showed a big improvisation from his past films. Suman, Chandini Chowdary, Ananya and others have done their part.
Four Heroes, Rajendra Prasad
Sameer Reddy DoP
Missing Of Emotions
Post Bhale Manchi Roju, director Sriram took enough time gap in finding a right producer and right casting for this film. When a director has four young heroes and a veteran hero in team, it is difficult to adjust equal screen time and etch each of their characterizations with a balance. On this part, Sriram came out with flying colors because every lead artist got equal importance in the run.
Opening the film on an exciting interrogative note by Nara Rohit, very soon Sundeep Kishan, Aadi, Sudheer Babu and Rajendra Prasad establish themselves with their respective tracks. On this point, Sriram took sweet time with lethargic movement on story. While Aadi’s romantic track is feeble and regular, Sundeep Kishan and Sathyam Rajesh were a big time pass relief. Sudheer Babu is handsomely stylish but emotional chord is unconnected. Rajendra Prasad got a meaty role with Indraja besides. Interval block on Suman and Sudheer was just fine.
Second half held the key. Once Rohit brings all the leads onto investigative table one by one, screenplay gets really enchanting. Especially, Sundeep Kishan and Rajendra Prasad sparked off a magical chemistry. Aadi and Sudheer Babu tracks are ok in this area. Towards pre climax, Sriram played intelligently and steered the climax onto an absorbing point.
All in all, Shamantakamani is a time pass film with good second half. Has first half been dealt more grippingly (deliberately locks left opened), result could have been on a next level. For now Cinejosh goes for 2.75 stars rating keeping an eye on Box Office.