Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s knack for picking different subjects and presenting it in the simplistic ways possible needs no mention. Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao Hydari’s combination created a decent buzz and the promos too paved a positive picture to Sammohanam. Does the film live up to its title?
Vijay (Sudheer Babu) plays a cartoonist, trying hard to get a book published based on his cartoons. His father (Naresh) is imbibed towards acting and they have a joyful family. One fine day, a film unit approaches them to use their house for a film shoot. Enters Sameera (Aditi Rao Hydari), a famous film actress who plays the heroine of the film which is being shot in Vijay’s house.
Lack of Telugu speaking skills makes Sameera ask Vijay for help and he obliges. Their friendship blossoms during the shooting and soon Sameera becomes close to the family. As the shooting nears completion, Vijay and Sameera get close to each other but Sameera calmly moves away from Vijay. The film unit shifts base to another place and Vijay starts missing Sameera.
Taking his interest on Sameera, Vijay goes to the shooting location and conveys his feelings towards Sameera. Will Sameera approve his love? Is Sameera hiding something from Vijay? Can Vijay conquer his feelings and win Sameera?
Sammohanam’s casting needs to be applauded. Sudheer Babu and Aditi Rao’s pairing fits the bill. With each film of his, Sudheer is stepping up his act with perfection. He plays the part with a demeanor that suits him well. Aditi Rao Hydari looks very beautiful and gives a commendable performance. Senior actor Naresh needs a special mention, as he drives the film with his antics. He is superb in his role of Sudheer’s father and gives all the laughter that one would vouch for!
Pavithra Lokesh and Harshini (iDream anchor) have done a fabulous job. Rahul Ramakrishna and Abhay Bethiganti are apt in their roles as Sudheer’s friends. Tanikella Bharani’s is a neat act and so is of Kadambari Kiran.
Music by Vivek Sagar is soulful and the songs compliment the proceedings. Cinematography by PG Vinda deserves an applause. Mohana Krishna Indraganti has once again taken a simple yet complicated subject of love-feelings and delivered it in the most simplistic way. The first half of the film is breezy with good amount of comedy and peppy sequences. The second half drags a little with not much of movement, but the latter part of the second part has some twists and exciting moments.
Sammohanam is a feel-good entertainer which can be viewed by the family. It is a simple story with no exaggeration of feelings shown. Though it has a few dull moments in the second half, they don’t carry themselves for long. The aspect of commoner and celebrity love is shown quite well by the director. Though there is nothing much happening in the latter half, the performances by the cast and the screenplay hold the film till the end.
Review by Sandy (Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu)