Overview: Director Sujana Rao makes her debut with Gamanam, a movie that unfolds the lives of regular, on a regular basis individuals – laying naked their magnificence, innocence and energy. And seeing as how the movie is an anthology, the beginner has the duty of not simply giving all her characters satisfying arcs but additionally delivering satisfying conclusions for every of them. The flooding may need been the ‘battle’ of the story, however the best way these characters are arrange make delicate commentary on privilege, gender, class disparity and most significantly hope.
Hope is on the soul of the movie, lending heat to in any other case dreary lives. Kamala (Shriya Saran) is a hearing-impaired tailor who works at a mass-production clothes sweatshop and has a little bit child to take care of. She hopes not simply to regain her listening to sometime but additionally lies in watch for her husband to return from Dubai, even when he hasn’t been in contact since he left. Ali (Shiva Kandukuri) trains exhausting in cricket and hopes to make it to Staff India sometime even when his grandfather (Charu Hassan) believes he needs to be a medico like his late father. His girlfriend Zara (Priyanka Jawalkar) lives in a strict family however harbours goals of a gorgeous life with Ali. Two little rag pickers, who dwell in a dump yard, work at a party in the future and hope to make sufficient cash to expertise a puttinaroju. The little one of many duo needs a ‘topi formed’ cake even when he doesn’t know the date of his beginning.
Regardless of the hope these people harbour, each one among them is commonly informed to imagine in any other case. Connecting all of them just isn’t one thing lovely however a metropolis drenching in unforgiving rain, with every of them doing all the pieces they’ll to remain afloat – each actually and figuratively. Sujana does a superb job of fleshing out the characters earlier than we get to the thick of issues. She would possibly take her personal candy time, making some viewers impatient, but it surely’s required in case you are to spend money on these characters in a while after they’re waist-deep in water. It additionally helps that every one the lead actors do their greatest to get into the pores and skin of those on a regular basis individuals.
Sujana reveals on the finish of the movie that she was impressed to make it after witnessing the devastating flooding in Hyderabad first-hand. And when that’s the story that she goals to inform, it’s an excessive amount of to count on something ‘entertaining’ on this story. Nonetheless, the methods some moments play out depart you wanting extra, missing the emotional heft that’s required of such scenes. She even reveals a few of the greatest dialogues of the movie within the trailer, making one surprise if she ought to’ve saved these for the movie for the specified affect. Among the tracks will appear harking back to Vedam or Kaaka Muttai in the best way they’re arrange or performed out, however the similarities finish there. Ilaiyaraaja’s rating for the movie is surprisingly lacklustre.
What works for the movie nonetheless is Gnana Shekar’s camera-work. He does an incredible job of transporting you into the world these characters inhabit. If Sujana takes her time revelling within the candy nothings, he takes his time discovering magnificence even in one thing devastating. Shriya Saran will get a task that calls for her to carry out and he or she sinks her tooth into the character like a professional. The scenes the place she first hears with the assistance of a listening to assist and when she learns the reality about her husband present why she’s good for this position. Shiva Kandukuri pours life into Ali, a younger man who simply needs to pursue his ardour and make his grandfather proud. A few of his greatest scenes are with Charu Haasan, who additionally delivers a stupendous efficiency. Priyanka Jawalkar will get the brief finish of the stick in the case of her character however she actually provides it her all. The boys who performed the rag-pickers will steal your coronary heart and depart you with a lump in your throat. Suhas, Nithya Menen, Bithri Sathi, Raj Kandukuri get cameos that work.
That mentioned, Gamanam won’t be the movie for everybody. Should you’re somebody who will get impatient until the movie is ‘quick paced’ and desires masala moments, that is undoubtedly not the movie for you. However in the event you’re somebody who has been ready for Tollywood to inform poignant tales, that is for you. Sujana’s debut movie may be a blended bag but it surely’s value a watch in the event you love such cinema.