Director Gangaraju Gunnam's TV serial Amrutham, which was produced by Just Yellow Media, was the longest running and most popular sitcom in Telugu. Now, the same director has made an attempt to bring it to the big screen under the title Chandamama Lo Amrutham (CLA), which has released in theatres across the globe today (May 17, 2014).
Chandamama Lo Amrutham can be described as the first scientific-fiction comedy entertainer in Tollywood. Director Gunnam Gangaraju's story, screenplay and dialogues, lead actors' performances, comedy scenes, Sree's music, Rasool Ellore's cinematography, wonderful graphics work and good art direction and costumes are the main attractions of the film. Some forced and illogical comedy scenes are its drawback.
Gangaraju Gunnam has penned a complicated story for Chandamama Lo Amrutham, which begins where the TV series Amrutham ended. He has really done an innovative experiment. The film is as amusing and refreshing as the TV series was. The director manages to hold the attention of the viewers with simple humor and a few rib-tickling scenes in the first half of the film, which gains momentum before the interval bang and sails on smooth trajectory in second half.
Amrutham (Sri Avasarala) and Anji (Harish Koyalagundla), who own a restaurant, are successful hoteliers. They are separated by Amrutham's dad-in-law. A disaster lead them to get along together again. They plan to start their business with a hotel named Amrutha Vilas on the moon. What happens next will form the crux of the movie.
Gangaraju Gunnam has broken the tradition of featuring heroes/heroines as his film Chandamama Lo Amrutham does not show one. Srinivas Avasarala and Harish Koyalagundla have delivered wonderful performances. Srinivas impresses viewers with his humorous dialogue diction and unique body language. Vasu, Sivannarayana, Rao Ramesh, Ahuti Prasad, LB Sriram and Krishna Bhagawan are also hilarious.
Chandamama Lo Amrutham has sound production values. Rasool's camera work and Sree's music are the main attractions in the technical front. Gangaraju Gunnam-written dialogues are witty. The graphics work is one of the big strengths of the film. JK Murthy's art direction and Dharmendra Kakarala's editing are also commendable.
Overall, Chandamama Lo Amrutham is comedy entertainer, which impresses the viewer with its simple homour, witty dialogues and a few funny moments. If you love to watch comedy films with no brainer story, then the movie is a feasting for you. Don't miss to watch it this weekend.
Producer: Urmila Gunnam
Director: Gunnam Gangaraju
Cast: Avasarala Srinivas, Shivannarayana, Harish, Vasu Inturi, Dhanya, Suchitra, Ahuthi Prasad, Chandamohan, Krishna Bhagavan, L.B. Sriram and Rao Ramesh
Release date: May 17, 2014