Release Date: Fri 07th May 2021
Director: Ramesh Raparti
Producer: Magenta Sarath Chandra Reddy and Tharaknath Bommi Reddy
Music: Guna Balasubramanian
Cinematography: Suresh Ragutu
Cast: Anasuya Bharadwaj, Viraj Ashwin,Mounika Reddy, Anish Kuruvilla, Archana Ananth, Viva Harsha, Annapurnamma and Adarsh Balakrishna
Rating: 2.0/ 5
Thank You Brother directed by Ramesh Raparti generated tremendous interest among movie lovers thanks to the presence of renowned anchor Anasuya who is not only known for her red hot explosions but also her stellar performances. The trailer increased the interest as it showed Anasuya as a pregnant lady who is stuck up in the lift along with a spoiled brat played by Viraj Ashwin. The film is rumoured to be inspired by the Nigerian film Elevator Baby. Let us see how the film is received by the viewers.
A pregnant lady Priya (Anasuya Bharadwaj) and a spoilt brat Abhi (Viraj Ashwin) who are strangers, find themselves in a peculiar situation when they get stuck up in an elevator. Hailing from different background, the unexpected situation and how they try to wriggle out turns out to be interesting. While Priya lost her husband(Adarsh Balakrishna) in an accident at a factory and lives along with her mother in law (Annapurnamma), Abhi starts hating his mother (Archana Ananth), more and more as she gets remarried to Prem(Anish Kuruvilla) after his father's death and cuts his finances due to his lavish lifestyle.
Artists and Technicians Review:
Director Ramesh Raparthi starts on a promising note but loses steam within no time. He made many changes to the original Nigerian film Elevator Baby and those who happened to watch the original will be left wondering why he did so. It is a known fact that thrillers need gripping screenplay and here's where Ramesh Raparthi failed.
For more than an hour, nothing happens except for the introduction of various characters. This reduced the viewer's interest in the film. The slow pace and lack of twists in the proceedings spoiled the already weak story. Interest increases in the second half as the narration picks up pace during the climax. Routine comedy and uninteresting flashback only tested the patience of the viewers. Ramesh Raparthi's predictable story, weak Screenplay and direction turn Thank You Brother uninteresting.
Editing left a lot to be desired while background music by Guna Balasubramanian also failed to elevate the proceedings. Suresh Ragutu's cinematography is in sync with the story. Anasuya Bharadwaj for all the drawbacks impressed all with her performance as a pregnant lady. She showed good expressions and emoted well in the scenes. Viraj Ashwin complimented Anasuya with good performance. Mounika Reddy, Anish Kuruvilla, Archana Ananth, Viva Harsha, Annapurnamma and Adarsh Balakrishna performed well in their roles.
Few scenes in the climax
Predictable Story Line
The OTT Revolution increased the intellectual thinking of the viewers and this is making the job of the filmmakers quite tough. Ramesh Raparthi's Thank You Brother attracted the attention of all and the presence of Anasuya Bharadwaj appealed to everyone. Suspense thrillers appeal to everyone and if handled perfectly, the makers will hit a bullseye. But here's where Ramesh Raparthi for all the tweaking of the original film Elevator Baby lost the plot. All the changes acted against him and turned the interesting story into a weak narration with an insipid screenplay.
While thrillers require racy screenplay, he spent the entire first half introducing characters and including unnecessary scenes in the name of comedy. This deviated from the narration and the flashback episode too didn't help the cause in any manner. Considering all these aspects and Anasuya Bharadwaj's inspiring performance, CJ goes with a 2.0/5 rating for Thank You Brother.
Punchline: Thank You Brother turns out to be thankless!