Prashanth Varma and Teja Sajja’s ‘Hanu Man’ have been generating widespread buzz in recent months, backed by aggressive promotions and special premiers. The team is highly confident, so they went ahead with special premiers all over India, But does the film live up to the considerable expectations surrounding it? Let’s delve into the details.
Hanumanthu(Teja Sajja), is a small-time thief from Anjanadhri. Playing the role of his sister (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) takes immense care of him. His love interest, Meenakshi(Amritha Aiyer) is also from the same village. The narrative takes an intriguing turn when Gajapathi (Raj Deepak Shetty) falsely presents himself as Anjanadhri’s Savior and slowly takes control of the village. Hanumanthu’s life takes a supernatural twist when he discovers a precious stone that grants him superpowers. The film unfolds with questions surrounding Hanumanthu’s abilities, his confrontation with Gajapathi, and the mysterious connection to Micheal (Vinay Rai).
Gowri Hari’s background score especially during climax is exceptional. The cinematography by Shivendra is neat. While the folk song is engaging, other musical elements are decent. Prashanth Varma‘s directorial vision shines, injecting high moments at regular intervals, keeping the audience engaged. The last twenty minutes and scenes related to Lord Hanuman are particularly impactful. The film is held back by mediocre editing, with a few sequences needing tightening.
- Hanu Man Impresses with its goose-bumps-inducing moments and well-executed humor, notably in sequences designed by Prashanth Varma.
- The film stands out with exceptional scenes that elevate Lord Hanuman, generating anticipation for the audience, and these moments are enhanced by a solid background score from Gowra Hari.
- The lengthy finale episode is anticipated to be a mind-blowing experience, showcasing impressive VFX works, and the second hour of the film introduces more drama and emotions.
- Post Teja Sajja’s character gaining superpowers, the movie becomes more entertaining, featuring cleverly injected references to star heroes and engaging comedy scenes.
- The interval action block is well-designed, providing both entertainment and power.
- Other cast members, including Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Amritha Aiyer, contribute well to their respective roles, while Satya and Getup Srinu add humor with engaging mannerisms.
- The film has notable flaws, primarily stemming from its storyline, which is a recycled concept noticed in many movies “A villain seeking world domination through superpowers”.
- Prasanth Varma skillfully migrates this weakness by incorporating crowd-pleasing moments, but the antagonist character is not so different from many movies, writing in this aspect could have been stronger.
- The initial forty minutes of the film lack engagement, running on a flat note and struggling to captivate the audience’s interest.
- Despite the filmmakers’ efforts on visual effects, there is considerable room for improvement, with a night sequence in the first half lacking clarity and falling short in execution.
In essence, ‘Hanu Man’ emerges as a compelling superhero film, brimming with goosebumps-inducing moments. The final half-hour, numerous high points, and well-incorporated humor stand out as its biggest assets. Despite a familiar storyline, Prashanth Varma successfully maintains audience interest, elevating Lord Hanuman with powerful dialogues and a striking background score. Performances by Teja Sajja, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Amritha Aiyer, and others contribute to the film’s appeal. While a few scenes may feel dragged, and the initial half-hour could have been sharper, Hanu-Man proves to be a worthwhile watch this Sankranthi season.
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