Hero Sharwanand, director Hanu Raghavapudi and actress Sai Pallavi are endowed in their respective departments with lack of luck. The trio is all hoping to come out of flop streak with Padi Padi Leche Manasu. After promising promotions and a hit audio album, let’s see whether the film will provide them a much needed break…
Surya (Sharwanand), a football player has wrong belief about marriage because of his personal misfortune between mom (Priya Raman) and dad (Sampath Raj). He falls in love with medico and social-activist Vaishali (Sai Pallavi). And finally, when Vaishali too accepts Surya’s love to puts forward marriage proposal, Surya gives her a big shock. What is it? What are the circumstances led to differences and separation between Surya and Vaishali? Will they ever re-unite?
Hanu Raghavapudi is good at dealing romance and comedy. It is very much evident from his very first outing Andala Rakshasi and second film Krishnagadi Veera Prema Gadha too had enough of entertaining elements and fascinating romance between lead pairs. And this time, he has got two talented actors Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi. But, he repeated the same mistake for PPLM as well. Thin plot and absence of strong conflicting element played spoilsport. Till first half, though there’s nothing much in story, Hanu did the magic with his screenplay. Light vein humor and magical romance became saving grace. Then story and narrative took a complete U turn from beginning of second half till the end. CG is a big letdown. The earth-quake episodes were below par. Hanu was fully assisted by Vishal Chandrasekhar duo as they provided some mind blowing tunes and enchanting re-recording. Cinematography by Jay Kay was vivid as all the Kolkata visuals added life. Award winning editor Sreekar Prasad couldn’t help in tightening things. Production values of Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas are lavish.
Onto artists, Sharwanand is definitely one of the finest artists in this generation with special special attributes. Ease at acting is his biggest strength and Sharwa exhibited his ease and energy levels. However, Sai Pallavi is the show-stealer. Even if you give limited space, Pallavi knows how to make maximum use of it. And sky is the limit when she is given a role with lots of scope like one Vaishali in this film. She has evenly spread the charm in all the scenes where she’s present. While she entertains in first half with humor, Sai makes emotional at times in second half, especially pre-climax episode. We also know how good dancer she’s.
Murali Sharma is seen in a regular role of heroine’s father. Sampath and Priya Raman were good in their respective roles. Sunil looked odd whereas Vennela Kishore tickled funny bones. Priyadarshi and other friend’s batch was ordinary.
Sharwanand, Sai Pallavi
From the very initial days of Andala Rakshasi, director Hanu Raghavapudi is familiarized for poetic romantic expression and colorful visual presentation. Though, Hanu appeared to have lost the touch in LIE, here comes PPLM amidst very high expectations, thanks to super hit audio album. Apparently, Hanu is yet to stick with basics. Except the romantically trademark pleasing scenes placed here and there, Hanu fell short in grasping a meaty story material and a gripping screenplay in PPLM. When the vital point of disagreement between lead pair for separation is blunt, their subsequent re-joining also appears out of place. Thanks to Sai Pallavi and Sharwanand’s amazing chemistry, we pass through the time till The End.
First half starts on Sharwanand’s journey to Khatmanadu where the flashback of his love story with Sai Pallavi surfaces on screen. All the trials Sharwa make to impress Sai are poignantly dealt though here and there we find a few hiccups. Kolkata backdrop and the continuous drizzle enhanced the romantic appeal. Usage of Sathyam Rajesh, Vennela Kishore is acceptable. By the time, we too develop an affinity with Sharwa-Sai Pallavi, it’s time to close first half where a dizzy reason is quoted for their separation to dip down all the stuff in first half. Nepal earthquake scene leaves Sai Pallavi’s presence on interval question mark
Second half begins on a very slow mode with Sai Pallavi taken back by parents to Kolkata and Sharwa following her. Retrograde Amnesia thread used to treat the next portions is a complete let down. None of the episodes handled here on will pass the time. In fact, viewers are left in deep confusion… is Sai Pallavi really a patient or not? Entry of Sunil as NRI Bava to Sai Pallavi also turned futile. Lengthy jogging episode shot on Sunil, Sathyam Rajesh, Sharwanand, Sai and Murali Sharma never evoked laughs. After too much of inessential stuff bombarded, Hanu rushed for a hurried climax where nothing is profusely registered.
In total, PPLM suffered with redundant second half. Had Hanu properly dealt the second half like that of romantic fragrance in first half, PPLM would have been lovely feast for eyes with superbly sync in jodi Sharwanand-Sai Pallavi. If you are willing to watch a full length Hanu Raghavapudi mark romantic film, then PPLM is not so. CJ goes with 2.5 stars and commercial verdict depends a lot on how youth accept Sai Pallavi and Sharwanand in this half-baked script.