Friday 18 August 2017
Mahi V Raghav
aapsee Pannu, Srinivas Reddy, Vennala Kishore, Tagubothu Ramesh, Shakalaka Shankar, Rajeev Kanakala, Posani Krishna Murali, Tanikella Bharani, Vidyullekha Raman, Prabhas Sreenu, Vijay Kumar, Jeeva
A house is haunted by ghosts. The ghosts (Tapsee, Raghu Karumanchi, Vijay Chander and a small kid) are waiting for their mother to come to the house, which is owned by Ramu (Rajeev Kanakala).
Ramu loses his parents when they all went on a trip to Uttarakhand. He decides to put the house for sale, but people are unwilling to buy a haunted house.
A bartender (Srinivas Reddy) gives Ramu an idea - if he proves that the house isn't haunted, he'll be able to sell it easily and for the right market price. The bartender decides to step into the house with three of his friends to prove that the house isn't haunted.
The ghosts don't want the house to be sold, but the bartender and his friends want to prove that there are no ghosts; who will win in the game between ghosts versus people?
At a time when people are tired of watching horror comedies as many of them are repeating the same stuff, Anando Brahma comes as a relief. The film directed by Mahi V Raghav (of Paatashala fame) has turned out to be quite fun watch. The second half is hilarious.
The film also treads differently from the very beginning. In horror comedies, the comic sequences are generated when the ghost scares people. This film has a novel concept of people scaring ghosts. When four ghosts and four humans live together in same house like the inmates of 'Bigg Boss', what happens? This interesting premise is narrated in entertaining manner.
If you excuse the middle portions of the story where it turns slow and a bit boring, Anando Brahma leaves you in splits in the later half. Post interval, there is hardly any dull moment. There is an hilarious scene: Taghubothu Ramesh who doesn't care about anyone once he consumes a bottle of whisky enters a bathroom to pee, there a ghost is waiting to scare him and another guy who came in the robes of ghost to shunt him out from this house. How Taghubothu Ramesh scares both of them should be brilliantly hilarious. Shakalaka Shankar performing bits from Aparichitudu, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari and imitating Baba Ramdev and KA Paul is quite fun to watch. Vennela Kishore is at his usual best.
These three comedians along with Srinivas Reddy have made the film a fun watch.
Tapsee has played a minor role, but an impactful one. Rajeev Kanakala is impressive. Prabhas Seenu, Raja Ravindra and Vijay Chander are okay. But the film completely belongs to the four comedians who have given their best.
Since it is set in a house, the film doesn't have flashy technical values but the camera work and product design are effective. Background score is neat. The film seems a bit lengthy as it has wafer thin storyline and it needs to be trimmed.
As writer and director, Mahi V Raghav makes an impression with this horror-comedy. His screenplay is interesting. He has a knack for comedy.
Anando Brahma largely works due to its hilarious moments in the second half. First half is regular stuff but it ends up as decent horror comedy as four comedians show their best in a 30 minutes episode in the post-interval sequences.
Anando Brahma review: 3 1/2 Stars