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Sankarabharanam Telugu Movie Review (2.0/5.0)

Cast: Nikhil, Nandita, Anjali, Prudhvi, Sapthagiri, Suman, Rao Ramesh Sitara, Sanjay Mishra and others
Directed by: Uday Nandanavanam
Produced by: MVV Satyanarayana
Music by: Praveen Lakkaraju
Release Date: December 4, 2015

Gautham (Nikhil) is young son of rich NRI businessman in USA. His father (Suman) lands in financial mess, he has to clear the debt of two million dollars immediately to save his business. His mother asks Gautham to leave for Bihar and sell off her ancestral palace called Sankarabharanam whose worth is more than two million dollars. He lands in Bihar only to find that the palace is being used by his extended uncles and aunts and they refuse to sign the documents of the sale. While he tries to impress them and make them sign the NOC, he along with his uncle's daughter Happy (Nandita) gets kidnapped by a gang. More drama follows.

Sankarabharanam-Star Performance
Nikhil is alright as an NRI. He altered his looks to suit the character and did a decent job in pulling it off. Nandita is supposed to be funny with her broken English but hardly entertains due to poor writing. Anjali appeared as a lady don in an extended cameo and she is good. Prithvi as corrupt cop is the only relief in this film. Saptagiri tries hard but fails. Sampath Raj is alright as the kidnapping politician. Rao Ramesh and rest of the cast have done their best to keep us engaged.
Sankarabharanam-Technical Team
Uday Nandavanam could do little to make this film entertaining as the script lacks muscle. Despite having a promising premise at hands Kona Venkat messes it up with clumsy writing. All the changes that he has done to the original script backfired and most of the comedy scenes didn't click making it a boring affair. Kona Venkat has handled many departments and couldn't excel in any. This is a rare failure from the ace writer. Music is loud and unbearable at times. Except Anjali's Ghanta song there is not a single catchy tune from Praveen. Cinematography is okay. Editing could have been better. There is so much junk that should have been chopped off from the final cut.
The film is said to be remake of a Hindi hit, Phas Gaye Re Obama but the screenplay has been changed a lot by writer Kona Venkat and he has added his own brand of style. On paper the basic idea looks pretty good but the screenplay has gone completely haywire with the movie neither turning out to be a proper crime comedy or romantic movie.

Family sentiments, romance, kidnap drama and comedy all have been put in one mixer but the grind isn't a smooth one. There lies the issue with movie. First half of the movie goes on pretty dull note. The movie really picks up when the character Prudhvi is introduced and those portions are hilarious too. Even then the movie continues to drag on with too many villains and kidnap gangs coming into the scene.

Other than the climax portions and Prudhvi, the movie falls flat. It is an inexcusable shoddy remake of a hit movie. Nikhil has looked clueless in most part of the movie. There is absolutely no chemistry between Nikhil and Nanditha. There is hardly any touch of Kona Venkat who is known for good comedy dramas although he has been credited in the movie from screenplay, dialogues, and also direction supervision. De Facto director he is as per the credits. But no grip over direction and screenplay is visible.

Like we said earlier, Prudhvi and some comedy in the climax are the saving grace of this dull and boring movie.

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