Film: Prema Bandham (Telugu)
Cast: Aakash, Sridevika, Vani
Agastyan is known for handling emotional stories sensitively and with panache. Premalekha was a musical hit and his next film was remade as ‘Gokulam Lo Sita’. In this film too the director takes up an issue and highlights it throughout the film – that money is not the ultimate thing and human relations are more important. This has distinctly a Tamil flavour, there is little doubt that it has been dubbed and the statements by the filmmakers that it is a bilingual production is not true.
Love between the lead pair forms just a small part of the story but it is all about how a rich young man goes on a mission to find his father. For Aakash this is a heavy film and probably after a long time gets a chance to display a wide range of emotions.
As a rich business man he is okay but struggles to get the emotional feel across effectively.
The movie also has an average bunch of actors except Vijaykumar and the heroines Srivedika and Vani don’t do anything exceptional. The first half is devoted to showing the relationship between Aakash and his mother (Aishwarya) and in the latter the hero lands in the village as an orphan, wins over his father’s affection but Vijaykumar dies without publicly proclaiming Aakash as his son. The story doesn’t end there. The heroine has a maternal uncle who creates trouble before all ends well. The climax is heady and dramatic as usual with the director spoon feeding the audiences with the moral of the story.
The script and direction looks festive initially but there is some kind of inertness at it’s heart and some scenes are not developed . One can pass the film off as an afternoon soap and save yourselves from the trouble of even straying into the theatre.
Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY