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Writer Padmabhushan: Comedy & climax make it a perfect family entertainer

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Cast: Suhas, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rohini Molleti, Tina Shilparaj, Sri Gouri Priya Reddy, Goparaju, and Praveen Kataria
Director: Shanmukha Prasanth
Producers: Anurag Reddy, Sharath Chandra, and Chandru Manoharan
Music: Shekar Chandra and Kalyan Nayak
Cinematography: Venkat R Shakamuri
Editor: Kodati Pavan Kalyan and Siddharth Thatholu

K. Ramya Sree

Writer Padmabhushan (played by Suhas) is an assistant librarian and an aspiring writer. He publishes a book, borrowing some money; however, the book fails in the market, and he faces rejection everywhere despite his many efforts to make people read it for free. Sarika (played by Tina) and her father (played by Goparaju Ramana) happen to read across a book that is published under the name of Writer Padmabhushan. They even begin to follow weekly blogs on the internet written under the same name. Overjoyed, Sarika decides to marry Padmabhushan, and both families agree happily. However, in comes the twist, “the reveal”. The books and blogs being written in the name of Padmabhushan are not written by Padmabhushan himself, and even the antagonist is not aware of who is doing all this. Now the many layers of the story begin to unfold as the first half of the film passes.

The story of Writer Padmabhushan is simple and plain, with elements like comedy, drama, and emotions that will impress the family audience. As you dive into the film, you will realise there’s much more to the story than Suhas being a writer and his struggles.

The film takes off on a slow note where you might feel the narration is being dragged, however, it picks up after the entry of Sarika, and the cute moments between Sarika and Suhas will leave you with a smile on your face.

Suhas is a proven actor, and even in this film, he delivered a promising performance. He was apt for this middle-class family life story. He makes you both laugh and cry at the sametime with his performance. But there is someone who stole our attention, and it is the leading lady of the film, Sarika. She was adorable, and her performance was enjoyable throughout. Her character was well-written, thanks to the director, who didn’t romanticise her role and stuck to the story, which in turn enhanced the entire narration of the plot.

Rohini and Ashish play Padmabhushan’s parents. Rohini’s character has good scope, and she was at her natural best as a mother, who can go to any extent to make her child happy. However, although Ashish did a good job with what was given to him, it felt like his talent was not put to full use in the film. We could have used a little more emphasis on his character.

Gouri Priya has a small part in the film, and she was good in her part. The other cast members gave full justice to their respective roles. We do not have much to say about other actors, as the film revolves around Padmabhushan alone.

Debutant director Prashant did a good job with his first film; although the screenplay and narration felt a little sluggish during takeoff, he managed to catch the pulse of the audience. The comedy looked very organic in the film, all thanks to the writer. While there are numerous films dedicated to our mothers, the director chose a different message, which was well received. It was thought-provoking and realistic. The visuals in the film were pleasing. Vijayawada was shown in the most beautiful way possible, and the camera angles were perfectly set. The film’s music is now the source of disappointment. Except for the title song, the other songs failed to impress us. They are not something one would go back home and add to their playlist. You might just forget them as soon as you walk out of the theater. The production values were noticeable.

Lastly, the organic comedy and message in the climax, paired with the cast’s brilliant performances, makes it a watchable film in the theater. Overall, the film clicks in parts for us, but the family audience is most likely to fall in love with the overall film and go home with a wide smile on their faces.

Rating: 2.75/5

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