Actors : Akhil, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Ramya Krishna, Jagapathi Babu and others
Director: Vikram K Kumar
Music: Anup Rubens
Producer: Nagarjuna Akkineni
Reviewed By : Team CG
Akhil who’s had a disastrous start to his career is now back on screen again with his second film. Titled Hello, the film and its hero has impressed the audience with impressive teasers and trailers. After some good round of promotions, the film has finally opened to screening. Here’s how it is.
The story of the film is plain vanilla and as narrated in the background during the teaser/trailer, the hero and heroine get separated after they become friends during childhood and will be yearning to meet each other ever since. How destiny plans their reunion, how a mobile phone plays a major part, how the hero and heroine fit in all this drama forms the rest of the story.
Akhil has a terrific screen presence and has ease in acting as well. He’s done his part extremely well except for few emotional sequences and his dances and action is superb. He scores well carrying himself around and providing that natural feel to the movie. The heroine however is not so gorgeous nor does a superb job with acting. She’s just ok. Ramya Krishna and Jagapathi Babu get meaty roles and do their part perfectly well. The childhood characters who portrayed the lead pair performed extremely well, especially the girl. Rest of the crew is adequate.
Songs and Background Music:
Songs of the film are very good and are great to watch on screen as well. All songs have been used to carry the movie forward and none of them act like speed breakers which is a relief. Background music is excellent as well and gels along well with the movie. Music is a major highlight in the movie and Anup passes his 50th with authority.
Direction, Screenplay and Dialogues
Vikram Kumar who takes in complex stories and presents them unbelievably simple on screen has chosen a wafer thin storyline this time and has weaved his screenplay around it. The film chooses a set-up, some drama and the ending way of narration and well, it disappoints Vikram’s fans a bit. While the screenplay is racy in the first half for the most part, the second half gets a bit dragged with an expected climax. Dialogues are okay.
Cinematography is excellent in the film and the film has been presented in a rich manner. The colors chosen for the film are also a bit offbeat and worked well for the film and its depiction.
Production values are very good from Annapurna Studios and the film has been presented in rich manner. The locations chosen and art work is great and some great detailing has been done to present the film superbly well.
Overall, Hello is an average watch on screen with some great visuals and songs. Akhil’s performance is excellent and so are his scenes with the family. Rest of the stuff is subpar and the second half is a letdown with lags in screenplay. A better second half and an emotional climax would have done a world of good to the movie which now would only stand as a decent attempt which caters to only the A segment of audience.
You “may” watch it
An Average Dial
Rating : 2.75/5
AP/TG audience : Average
US/ROW : Average
0 – Stay Away at any cost
1 – Stay Away
2 – Watch at your discretion
3 – You may watch it
4 - Do not miss it
5 – You’ll miss a lot if you don’t watch it
NA – Not rating this genre.
The fractions are an indication to whether the movie is closer to the better side or the bad.
P.S: This review is the view of the reviewer only and is not meant to drive/stop people watching the film. Please watch the movie only in theatres.