Srinivasa Kalyanam movie review: It’s a documentary on wedding!

Director Satish Vegesna and producer Dil Raju’s earlier film Sathamanam Bhavathi was not only a huge hit, but it also won a National Award. So, their new film Srinivasa Kalyanam naturally created a huge buzz. But unfortunately, the film doesn’t live upto its expectations.

Vasu (Nithiin) works as an architect in Chandigarh, but he is from a traditional family in Sakhinetipalli village in the Godavari region. He meets a girl Sri (Raashi Khanna), daughter of a millionaire businessman RK (Prakash Raj). Both Vasu and Sri fall in love and decide to marry. Sri's father agrees to their marriage, but he wants Vasu to sign prenuptial papers as he doesn’t want any problems to her after their marriage. Vasu agrees but he wants RK to be available whenever he needs him during the wedding. They also agree to perform the marriage at his village.

Vasu’s parents want to celebrate his marriage as a festival inviting all their relatives, while Sri’s father takes it as an event. How Vasu makes RK realise that wedding is an important ritual in everyone’s life and not an event, is the crux of the story.

There are many films made in Tollywood with wedding as the backdrop and director Satish Vegesna too takes the same subject in Srinivasa Kalyanam. This film is a spin on how weddings are perceived more as ’the big fat wedding’ event than a ritual.

The director showed strong emotions and family bonding in his earlier film Sathamanam Bhavathi, but in this film he misses the bull’s eye on both fronts. His narration about 'Srinivasa Kalyanam' is more like a documentary film on a wedding and is extremely preachy. There is no drama in the film as the director concentrates only on how a wedding should be celebrated with all the rituals. The story is also completely predictable and most of the scenes are outdated.

As far as performances are concerned, Nithiin has done a decent job with a subtle performance. He is sincere, but his characterisation has not been designed well. Raashi Khanna is cute and beautiful and again the director spoils her role.

Sameer Reddy’s cinematography is largely good as he captures Konaseema’s beautiful greenery. The music by Micky J Mayer is not up to the mark. The songs are bad. The dialogues are dull and preachy. Finally, Srinivasa Kalyanam falls short of expectations and offers nothing new.

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