Movie Review: Ami Thumi
Adivi Sesh, Srinivas Avasarala, Eesha, Aditi, Vennela Kishore, Tanikella Bharani and Others
Director - Mohana Krishna Indraganti
Producer - KC Narasimha Rao
Banner - Green Tree Productions
Music - Mani Sharma
Mohana Krishna Indraganti's last film Gentleman was a decent hit. The bankable director has shift genres again after making a suspense drama. This time he tried his hand at quirky comedy Ami Thumi that relies on 'comedy of errors'.
What is it about?
Janardhan (Tanikella Bharani) is against the love choices of his kids Deepika (Eesha) and Vijay (Avasarala). Deepika is in love with Ananth (Sesh) and Vijay wants to marry Maya (Aditi). But Janardhan wants to get a rich boy as his son in law. Sri Chilipi (Vennela Kishore) comes to see Deepika, but he gets sidelined before he could meet her. That is the beginning of the comedy of errors.
Adivi Sesh and Srinivas Avasarala have limited space in spite of being the lead men. They were okay in their respective roles. Eesha is alright but Aditi is annoying. Her cute girl act has gone wrong. Vennela Kishore is the scene stealer with his impeccable comedy timing. He carried the film on his shoulders and single handedly made it a watchable fare. Tanikella Bharani is good but goes overboard at times. The actor who played the maid character did a fine job.
Mohana Krishna Indraganti has a special knack of creating humor. We can see that in Ashta Chamma that also had loud characters but entertaining on the whole. His style of loud humor is present in Ami Thumi too. However, the story is too simple and wafer thin to cover up the flaws. Director took a lot of time to get things on track. First half is a mess, but the second half is smooth.
Mani Sharma's music is passable. PG Vinda's cinematography is adequate. Editing is alright. The film is made on a low budget and there's not much to boast about the technical finesse and production values.
Vennela Kishore's comedy
Messy first hour
Ami Thumi is a comedy based upon mistaken identity. The concept is not new to us as we have seen ample comedies with similar theme. Director Mohanakrishna almost messed it up with a very bad beginning and a messy first hour. The film has almost overcome its weaknesses towards the intermission point, thanks to Vennela Kishore.
First few minutes of the film is nearly unbearable with unending conversations and nonsensical scenes. Every character seems over the top and tests our patience until Vennela Kishore takes the driving seat. The scene between Eesha and Kishore sets up the tone for the comedy of errors and from then on it is a smooth ride.
Pre interval sequence is the major highlight of the film. It seems like Mohana Krishna also realized that Vennela Kishore character is the trump card that he has totally sidelined the lead characters. Adivi Sesh makes special appearances here and there and Avasarala Srinivas is restricted to a couple of scenes.
Total plot runs on Vennela Kishore. Second half runs on a single note without any fuss. Climax is decent despite the predictability factor. Indraganti Mohana Krishna didn't have strong script on hands. He has totally relied upon the characters to create fun. Most of the jokes misfired due to bad timing. Overdose of dialogue also didn't help its cause.
Ami Thumi has many minuses, but Vennela Kishore singlehandedly saved it from ending up as a mess. On the whole, Ami Thumi is a passable fare with some laugh out loud moments here and there. Vennela Kishore's comedy makes it a paisa-vasool affair for the audience. On the box office front, it should be a safe venture for its investors considering the low costs.
Verdict: Time pass