A boring business
What is the film about?
Naveen (Sudheer Babu) is a successful director with five consecutive blockbuster movies. However, he is facing criticism for his latest release, Missile. While drawing inspiration for her fellow man, Naveen discovers a showreel of Alekya (Krithi Shetty). Turns out she’s a doctor and hates movies with a passion, just like her parents.
Why do Alekya and his family hate movies? How does Naveen manage to convince Alekya? What is the reaction of the parents? Is there a twist in the story? All of these elements form the basic premise of the film.
Sudheer Babu plays a director in the film, looking and acting like a hero. Not that it’s a problem, but it does stand out slightly. The looks are fabulous, as usual, and there’s a lot of effort on the actor’s part.
The first half offers nothing dramatic, and Sudheer Babu is in his familiar ground. He gets the opportunity to act during the second half, where you can see a real effort from him during emotional moments. The slight problem here is that the “effort” and “authenticity” are visible on the screen. It’s not a knock on him but only suggests where to improve further.
Krithi Shetty has been making movies all the time. Among the last of which she was a part, Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali offers her a meaty role. However, she fails to knock him out of the park due to uninteresting and boring characterization.
There is an inherent dullness to the character of Krithi Shetty due to a specific event. It should be loud and show pain and intensity, but that’s not the case here. The way the character keeps dithering leaves him frustrated rather than empathizing with him. Compelling drama is lacking as a result. It’s still good, but there was a lot of potential here.
Mohanakrishna Indraganti of Sammohanam and V fame directs Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali. It resumed a similar setup to Sammohanam but released a new story this time around.
Wasting no time, Mohanakrishna gets right into the thick of it early in the film. It sets up the characters and the world cleanly and clearly. We are intrigued by the process because the takeoff seems a little different.
However, things stagnate so quickly that a lot of time is wasted “convincing”. We understand that rushing through this part would make the whole thing look rushed and impact the second half. The problem here is the writing. It’s flat and the subtle humor doesn’t work as often as it should to hold interest.
It is only towards the pre-interval and interval blocks that some momentum is built. The drama really interests, and a nice twist does the rest. It makes someone curious enough to see what lies ahead.
The second half begins on a dark and dramatic note. The beginning is almost depressing, but it’s the foundation for the main drama to come. Again, like the comedy of the first half, the writing works in parts. It does not leave the desired impact.
The story, born from a new idea, becomes predictable after a while. What still attracts attention are the emotions. There are occasional moments that connect. But the uneven writing does not elevate the proceedings. The drama never really engulfs and leaves one understated. There is an inconsistency, and this is where Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheptha falters.
Overall, Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheptha has a new premise. But, the writing and the uneven narrative fail to hold the attention and disappoint. We end up with a mostly disappointing fare that promised so much more.
Interpretations by other actors
There are limited artists in the film. Besides the main duo, we have some voice actors and the character actors play important roles. Vennela Kishore and Rahul Ramakrishna are the former ensemble, while Srikanth Iyenger plays the father.
Vennela Kishore is fine, given what she is being given. Rahul Ramakrishna has agreed to play a writer who hates commercial cinema. It could have been used in a much better way. Avasarala Srinivas’ comedy bit is brief but decent. The rest of the cast is fine in small parts.
Music and other departments?
Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali is a well made movie. The technical departments all did an adequate job, except for the musical director Vivek Sagar. The songs lack the magic of his previous combination (Sammohanam) with Indraganti Mohanakrishna. There’s an “object song” that feels so out of place in the narrative. The background score is however acceptable.
PG Vinda, a frequent collaborator of Mohankrishna Indraganti, works as a cinematographer for Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali. It maintains a classy tone and vibe throughout. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is correct. The writing should have been better, as mentioned before.
A few emotional moments
The writing, especially
Did I enjoy?
Few games in the second half
Will you recommend it?
Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali Movie Review by Mirchi9