Release Date : Jan 12, 2024
123telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
Starring: Teja Sajja, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Amritha Aiyer, Vinay Rai, Samuthirakani, Vennela Kishore, Raj Deepak Shetty, Getup Srinu, Satya
Director: Prasanth Varma
Producer: Niranjan Reddy
Music Directors: Gowra Hari, Anudeep Dev, Krishna Saurabh
Editor: Saibabu Talari
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Prasanth Varma and Teja Sajja’s Hanu-Man is one film that has caught the attention of one and all over the past few months. The makers promoted the movie aggressively. The team is highly confident, so they went ahead with special premiers all over. Did Hanu-Man live up to the massive expectations surrounding it? Let’s find out.
Hanumanthu (Teja Sajja), hailing from Anjanadhri, is a petty thief. He has an elder sister, Anjamma (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), who takes immense care of him. Hanumanthu loves Meenakshi (Amritha Aiyer), who also belongs to the same place. Gajapathi (Raj Deepak Shetty) pretends to be the savior of Anjanadhri from bandits, but he exercises control over the villagers. One day, Meenakshi revolts against Gajapathi, which makes the latter attack the former. While trying to save Meenakshi, Hanumanthu lands in trouble. This is when Hanumanthu finds a precious stone through which he gets superpowers. What happened next? How did Hanumanthu use his superpowers? How is Micheal (Vinay Rai) connected to the plot? Watch the film to know the answers.
What works well with HanuMan is its goosebumps-inducing moments and humor. Prasanth Varma designed a few ultimate sequences elevating Lord Hanuman, and audiences are sure to go bonkers for these scenes. They are well-written, and the solid background score by Gowra Hari during those scenes takes the impact to the next level.
Particularly, the lengthy finale episode is sure to blow the minds, and the VFX works here are impressive. Comparatively, there is more drama and emotions in the second hour. Though the pacing slows down at times, the high moments drive the film forward. One such sequence that lifts the spirits is the fight sequence, where Teja saves Amritha. Aiyer is neatly composed. The icing on the cake here is the folk song played in the background.
From the moment Teja Sajja receives superpowers, the movie becomes more entertaining. The star heroes’ references are neatly injected into the narrative, and the comedy scenes that follow those references episode are pretty much engaging. The interval action block is designed well. It is both entertaining and powerful at the same time.
Teja Sajja played his role to perfection. As an underdog, Teja did a convincing job, and his vulnerability is neatly shown. Teja’s performance was too good in the latter hour. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar did a good job. Amritha Aiyer is fine as Teja’s love interest. Satya and Getup Srinu tickles the fun bones with their mannerisms.
The movie is not without flaws, and the key aspect in which the film could have been much better is its storyline. It is something that we have already watched in many movies. A bad guy trying to take the world under his control by obtaining superpowers isn’t a unique concept. Prasanth Varma skilfully covers this drawback with crowd-pleasing moments. The antagonist’s character is cliched, and the writing could have been better here.
The first forty minutes of the film run on a flat note. Though the makers tried their best regarding visual effects, there is still a lot of room for improvement. A night sequence that comes in the first half lacks clarity as to what is happening, and the execution here isn’t up to the mark.
The background score by Gowra Hari is superlative, and especially his work during the climax block is first-rate. The folk song was good on screen, and the rest were decent. The cinematography by Shivendra is neat. The editing isn’t great, and a few sequences could have been shortened.
Prasanth Varma’s vision is superb, and the young director played to the gallery with Hanu-Man. Even though the movie has a beaten-to-death concept, the director inserts high moments at regular intervals and keeps one engaged. Prasanth Varma takes the impact a few notches higher with the last twenty minutes. All the scenes related to Lord Hanuman are well presented.
On the whole, Hanu-Man is an engaging superhero film that is high on goosebumps-inducing moments. The last half an hour, ample number of high moments, and the humor are the biggest assets of the film. Despite a familiar storyline, Prasanth Varma manages to hold our attention for the most part. The way Lord Hanuman is elevated with terrific dialogues and background score will strike a chord with audiences. Teja Sajja, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Amritha Aiyer, and others did a good job. The movie gets dragged in a few scenes, and the initial half an hour could have been better. Nonetheless, Hanu-Man is a good watch this Sankanthi season.
123telugu.com Rating: 3.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team