Release Date : March 17, 2023
Starring: Naga Shaurya, Malvika Nair, Srinivas Avasarala, Megha Chowdhury, Ashok Kumar, Abhishek Maharshi, Srividhya, Varanasi Soumya Chalamcharla, Harini Rao, Arjun Prasad
Director: Srinivas Avasarala
Producers: T G Vishwa Prasad and Padmaja Dasari
Music Director: Kalyani Malik
Cinematography: Sunil Kumar Nama
Editor: Kiran Ganti
Naga Shaurya's Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi was released in theatres. The film met with mixed reviews from all quarters. The film is directed by Srinivas Avasarala. Check out the review:
Sanjay (Naga Shaurya) is a first-year Engineering student who is always shy and doesn't open up. Anupama (Malvika Nair) is his senior in the college in Vizag. They become friends. Owing to their academic excellence, they move to the UK to pursue higher studies. There, they live with their respective friends in adjacent flats. There comes a point when they discover that they love each other. But, suddenly, a bad piece of news hits them. What is that? What consequences does the bad news have for them? Will they ever make peace with each other?
Naga Shaurya and Malvika share good chemistry. They are honest performers. They bring sincerity to their respective characters with classiness. Had the film not been so slow, their acting would have come out even better. The hero looks cool in the bearded look. In fact, he is better than he was in 'Lakshya', where he sported a completely macho look. Malvika understands the complexity of her role and delivers goods.
The performances by Srinivas Avasarala and Megha Chowdhury are good. The latter, as Puja, needed better padding. Abhishek Maharshi is seen in a semi-comical role, while Srividhya is good in the role of a typical friend. Harini Rao is funny to watch in an episode. Arjun Prasad, as the heroine's brother-in-law, is able.
Producers TG Vishwa Prasad and Padmaja Dasari had a tough time completing the movie due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The UK backdrop was chosen because the US plans were halted. Sunil Kumar Nama's cinematography is functional. Kalyani Malik's music and RR are good, helped by strong sound design. The sync sound is apt. Kiran Ganti's editing could have been more intelligent. Art Directors Azmat Ansari (UK), John Murphy (UK), and Ramakrishna help.
Srinivas Avasarala's dialogues in some scenes.
The lack of vulgarity or cliches.
The friendship scenes between the lead pair.
The changing backdrops.
Dividing the story into seven chapters.
The conflict point is weak.
The climax is not satisfying.
The execution suffers here and there.
Verdict: 'PAPA' is 'phalana' lag and 'phalana' touching conversations. Despite its flaws, the film is watchable.