Hanu Man Telugu Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE
Perfect Devotional Punch

OUR RATING
3/5

CENSOR
U/A, 2h 30m


What Is the Film About?

Hanumanthu (Teja Sajja), is a simpleton with a family history. He loves Meenakshi (Amritha Aiyer), a childhood crush, who is a righteous girl fighting for the rights of the people.

Meenakshi’s over-ambitiousness lands her in trouble, and Hanumanthu takes upon the responsibility to solve it. The movie’s basic plot is how Hanu Man, the God, and his superpowers are connected to this ordinary guy and transform his life.

Performances

Teja Sajja fits perfectly into the role of an ordinary guy. It is a boy-next-door role but set in a fictional village. The actor appears like a natural choice, and he looks lovable throughout the film. More importantly, he makes an instant connection when the film begins.

Teja looks comfortable on screen with ease and perfect body language. The frail voice and body language are ideal for the personality and the role he played.

There is one block where he needs to emote, and he delivers what’s required. It’s a perfect film for the young actor to get his career going.

Amritha Aiyer is an integral part of the story, but only superficially. It shows in her character’s impact. A few moments work, but overall nothing is memorable. She does look good on screen and her pairing with Teja Sajja is alright. They don’t have much screen time though as the subject advances elsewhere.


Analysis

Prasanth Varma directs Hanu Man. The youngster has been attempting different genres in all his outings and this time he has picked a superhero subject.

The title Hanu Man is a dead giveaway at the theme. Prasanth Varma is attempting to create a desi superhero based on Indian Mythology. He picks Hanuman as the ‘superhero’ and then integrates his essential powers into an ordinary guy.

Hanu Man follows the basic structure of a superhero-origin movie. So, we have an ordinary guy who becomes a ‘superhero’ due to some alternation. Here, it is a ‘Mani’, a stone.

The setup of the movie takes time and is slow making one warry of the proceedings at the start. One wonders how things are going to turn around. Also, the connection with the underdog isn’t as effective as it ought to be in superhero subjects like these.

However, the brisk progress of the narrative without much lag, and the establishment of the world with its ‘key’ suppressive moments (the Palegar track) make one glued to the proceedings.

Once the superhero powers are infused into the narrative, there is no looking back. The proceedings follow classical beats elevating the hero and rising as the hope of the people. It instantly hooks the audience after a little drag.

The whole activity once the superhero theme is established is well done. The initial flatness is suddenly seeped in emotions that work for the target audience and people with a tinge of mass flavour. The flow continues until the interval with a proper blend of superhero elements, entertainment and mass moments.

The interval bang is good and makes one look forward to the second half as to what could happen next.

The second half starts on an intriguing note. There is the mass elevation and the intrigue that go hand in hand initially. However, things soon lose moments with the proceedings taking a routine route.

The freshness and smoothing of the first half is missing as some moments come across as abrupt in the narrative. The proceedings take a turn forcefully to elevate the hero aka the superhero instead of the organic flow seen in the first half.

The drama also feels contrived, on the surface, but given the proceedings that happen later in the narrative, it is alright. If not for the ‘routine drama’ the tale could have been easily overblown into an over-the-top zone much sooner than it needed. It would have made the whole thing lose the momentum.

The pre-climax and climax land the emotions and exaggerations related to a superhero story right. What is more effective here is that the director manages to land the lore of the overall story perfectly. The Hanu Man elevation and the story that it is supposed to take over in the next chapters have the right build-up.

Overall, the biggest USP of the movie, all said and done is the religious undertone involving the Sri Ram and Hanuman that land superbly. Every elevation related to them in the movie has worked brilliantly. Hanu Man starts slowly, but once the superhero elements are introduced, it holds the attention despite the expected issues related to the genre. The second half struggles intermittently, but gets on track to deliver a satisfying end and make one curious about the next part. If you like something different within the mass space, try it.


Performances by Others Actors

The supporting cast is limited, but each has a critical role to play in taking the narrative forward. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar doesn’t have much to do initially, but when the time arrives, she gets the deal equal to the hero. Varalakshmi is alright in those moments. Getup Srinu, who has got a memorable role in the director’s last outing gets another full-fledged sidekick part here. It isn’t as impactful as his previous outing with Prasanth Varma, but is nonetheless acceptable.

Vinay Rai playing the antagonist does a sincere job. He is okay considering his characterisation. Vennela Kishore as his sidekick is fine with his ‘Shazam’ routine. Sathya is dependable as usual. Raj Deepak Shetty is adequate. The rest of the cast and crew are okay.


Music and Other Departments?

The music by Gowra Hari, Anudeep Dev, and Krishna Saurabh, is okay. The songs aren’t particularly impressive. The background score by Gowra Hari is right though. The chants related to the Hanuman and the mythological elevation of the narrative are neatly done.

Technically, the movie is excellent with superb cinematography by Shivendra, and editing by Saibabu Talari. The movie bears a slick look throughout despite the village setting. There is a smoothness to the proceedings, especially in the first half. The VFX could have been better in the critical sequences, but the emotions managed to hold it together. The writing is more than adequate for a superhero genre flick.

Producer Niranjan Reddy should be appreciated for trusting and investing in this fascinating idea. Prime Show Entertainment’s production values are excellent.


Highlights?

Screenplay

Deft Execution

Entertainment

Pre-Climax (Hanuman Elevation Block)

Climax

Drawbacks?

Slow Beginning

Predictable Beats

Drag In Second Half


Did I Enjoy It?
Yes

Will You Recommend It?

Yes

Hanu Man Movie Review by M9