Movie: Selfie Mom Googl Dad
Starring: Srujan Lokesh, Meghana Raj, Achyuth Kumar, Dattanna, Girija Lokesh
Director: Madhu Chandra
Madhu Chandra’s Selfie Mummy Googl Daddy (SMGD) sparked curiosity even before its release by winning top honors at two international film festivals. It was billed as the first Indian film to be produced by 80 Parents and an early effort on nomophobia (not cellphone phobia) in Sandalwood.
It is about middle-class employed parents, their two children, their suffering from nomophobia, their desperate attempts to overcome the problem, and the lessons they learn in the process.
Parents swear to get their children out of trouble. As the problems get closer to the couple, they undergo rehabilitation and finally find a solution.
The narrative picks up shortly after the film begins and keeps the audience entertained and engaged with regular twists and turns. The second half is infused with energy as there is a constant stream of new developments. Some scenes give the movie a really poignant moment.
The film manages to convey the intended message, while the art of storytelling and cinematic craftsmanship are engaging. Support for music and lyrics.
The film’s sense of humor works quite well. In a storyline filled with social concerns wrapped in the comedy genre, the writing sometimes displays a deep understanding of nomophobia and its impact.
The filmmaker, a little, loses the thread towards the climax because it turns out to be too documentary. The perplexity of the director to propose a solution is obvious. It is difficult to accept that the practice of traditional games can solve the problem of nomophobia. Being educational and some features turn it into a clunky mashup.
Most of the characters are compellingly written as each of them has appropriate screen scope. Srujan Lokesh and Meghana Raj, as a struggling couple, please. Meghana steals the show as she looks fabulous. His spontaneity, his expressions and everything lifts the film. As usual, Datta is once again at his best.
It mostly appeals and conveys the message even without striking visuals, implied metaphors, and the overall cinematic experience.
All in all a decent watch and a must have for kids, parents and grandparents.