Review: Sreekaram(Sharwanand, Priyanka Mohan)

‘Sreekaram’ has hit the cinemas today (March 11). In this section, we are going to talk about the film’s hits and misses.

Story:
Karthik (Sharwanand) works for a software company. As a son of a poor farmer (Rao Ramesh), he feels his roots are in agriculture. After quitting the white-collar job, Karthik takes to farming with the intention of showing his fellow villagers a solution. But he faces obstacles from unlikely quarters. Sai Kumar plays an evil-minded person. 

Performances:
Sharwanand is restrained in his performance. There are many scenes and emotions that are his forte. And the ‘Shatamanam Bhavati’ actor brings to the table his experience. Rao Ramesh plays his father to near perfection. He doesn’t look over-dramatic. Sai Kumar shines in a negative role. Senior Naresh is a plus.

Priyanka Arul Mohan slips into the bubbly girl’s role with ease. She looks good in the villager’s attire in songs like ‘Balegundi baala’. Murli Sharma, Shishir Sharma, Rajsekhar Aningi, comedian Sathya and others are good.

Technical Departments:
Mickey J Meyer music is impressive. The title song and the folk song stand out, while ‘Sandalle Sandalle’ is okayish. The cinematography by J Yuvaraj is another merit. The frames are soothing.

Kolla Avinash’s production design and Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing are able.

Analysis:
When the film’s trailer had released, there were comparisons about ‘Sreekaram’ being a cousin of Mahesh Babu’s ‘Maharshi’. In the latter, the villain was a powerful corporate thug. In ‘Sreekaram’, that is not the case. 

Debutant director B Kishore borrows material from his short film made many years ago. He places the story in a fictional village where many poor farmers have quit agriculture due to distress. In Karthik, they find a ray of hope. When the coronavirus pandemic hits the country, the going gets tough.

For everything, there is a solution in the form of Karthik. He comes up with instant resolutions just like that. The scenes between the son and the farmer, the latter of whom is played by Rao Ramesh, don’t really have dramatic heft.

The second half is where the film’s actual story unfolds. Here, Sai Kumar’s character gets space but his character remains a cardboard one. The comedy is not even occasional. And the climax sees some high moments. 

Sharwanand’s climax speech could have been etched better. Sai Madhav Burra’s dialogues show flashes of emotionalism. The songs don’t interrupt the flow of the proceedings. The ‘Balegundi Bala’ song, rendered by Penchal Das, is enjoyable. 

Verdict:
‘Sreekaram’ lives up to the image it had tried to convey through its trailer. The film is about how collective farming betters the lives of the poor in a fictional village. Sans novelty or touching emotions, the latest box-office release merely scrapes through. 

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