Movie Name: Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna
Director: Srikanth Nagothi
Love in the 30s? It’s a tricky situation for a girl and a guy, who should have ‘ideally’ settled down in life by now. The society we live in feels so. Debutant director Srikanth Nagothi’s Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna explores this concept and how women and men in their 30s are often looked upon as ‘old’ and ‘off the market’.
Bhanumathi or Bhanu (Salony Luthra) is a headstrong, independent working woman in her 30s. She has been in a relationship with Ram for the past five years. This is a long-distance relationship. Bhanu is tensed and she wants to decide whether she’s ready to marry him. Ram is back in town and they decide to meet. She talks to her gynaecologist and gets tablets to postpone her period. She is all dressed up in a gorgeous saree and when Ram knocks on the door, she gracefully extends her hand expecting him to put a ring on it.
Ram drops a bomb saying he’s been seeing another girl for three months ow and that he’s not aggressive enough to handle her. A few weeks later, Bhanu meets Ramakrishna (Naveen Chandra), who is a new joinee at her office and she has to train the small-town boy. How they fall in love forms the story.
Not many Indian films have dealt with love and marriage between a guy and a girl over 30 years of age. Director Srikanth Nagothi’s Bhanumathi Ramkrishna treads an unfamiliar path, yet it manages to strike a chord with the people.
In our society, people want men and women to get settled before 30 for various reasons. Whether you’re comfortable or not is not their concern. In most cases, people succumb to societal pressure. But, Bhanumathi is nothing like that. Even when her mother slyly asks her if she can marry the guy she chooses, Bhanu loses her temper. Her mom reasons out saying she ‘allowed’ her daughter to choose a guy of herself, but it fails.
Bhanu is a woman who hates mediocrity. But, Naveen Chandra’s Ramakrishna is just that. He’s off the marriage market because his sister would have eloped and also because he’s 33. Ramakrishna is vanilla. Hailing from a small town, he doesn’t have big ambitions. All he wants is to earn enough money to keep his parents happy and save some to get married. Bhanu repels him, but when she gets to know him, she begins to enjoy even the littlest of things.
One of the reasons why Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna works is because it’s written from a female’s point of view. Srikanth needs a special mention for this and for portraying their relationship realistically. The romance and the conversations are so organic that you don’t feel like you are watching a movie.
Salony Luthra’s powerful performance holds the film together. And does Naveen Chandra’s portrayal of Ramakrishna. One might wonder if there are people like Ramakrishna in real life and the credit go to Srikanth for etching a saccharine-sweet character like that and Naveen Chandra for portraying it perfectly.
Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna’s music by Shravan Bharadwaj is another highlight of the film. The subtle tunes ring in throughout the course and amplify the scenes significantly. The cinematography by Sai Prakash U follows a sepia tone throughout and it looks aesthetically beautiful on screen.
A flaw in the film is that the climax feels a little rushed and it leaves you wanting to know more about their lives. That’s where Srikanth’s brilliant characterisations of Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna worked.
If you’re a sucker for films like Pelli Choopulu and Chi La Sow, Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna is a rom-com that will live up to its predecessors.
3.5 out of 5 stars to Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna.
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