Film: “Anando Brahma”
Star Cast: Tapsee Pannu, Shakalaka Shankar, Vennela Kishore, Srinivas Reddy, Thagubothu Ramesh, Rajeev Kanakala, Posani Krishna Murali, Tanikella Bharani and others.
Director: Mahi V Raghav
Music: Krishna Kumar
Produced By: Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devi Reddy
Released On: 18th August 2017
“Anando Brahma” is a rare movie coming in the horror-comedy genre. The film boasts of no huge star cast besides Tapsi Pannu. However, there are a host of comedians in it. Let us see if the film meets the expectations of the audiences.
Raju (Rajeev Kanakala) is an NRI whose parents meet with very suspicious deaths in their ancestral home. That prompts him to put the house up for sale and he hires the services of an agent (Raja Ravindra) to help in selling the house. However, the agent ensures that nobody comes to buy the house by spreading rumours of ghosts residing in it. His ulterior intentions are to buy the house himself by forcing the owner to sell it a vastly reduced price. He takes the help of some thugs to do this. As it happens some ghosts do haunt the house.
As time passes Raju gets worried at his house remaining unsold. In vain he tries to prove that there are no ghosts in it. He finally decides to give four needy men the chance to earn some money by asking them to live inside the house for three days. The four of them are Shakalaka Shankar, Srinivas Reddy, Vennela Kishore and Thagubothu Ramesh. The comedy of how the real ghosts try to scare away the four intruders is what the rest of the story deals with.
The film is a good comedy fit for viewing by family audiences. The director wastes no time in the beginning in taking us directly into the story. Within 10 minutes of starting he introduces a twist in the tale which is bound to keep the audiences on the edge of their seats. Thereafter the script meanders a little with the compulsion of introducing various characters and why they are desperate for money. That brings us to the interval.
The second half is a complete laugh riot with the four challengers in the haunted house. These scenes are bound to keep the audiences in splits. The terrific comedy continues until the pre-climax. The film’s comedy scenes are the real highlight. The film was made on a very low budget which was very optimally utilised by the director. With no songs and a duration of just around 2 hours the whole narration is very slick and to the point.
Performance of the Stars:
The director and makers achieved a casting coup of sorts by selecting the right cast for the film. Each actor performed like he or she was born for that role. The comic quartet which enters the haunted house keeps the audiences laughing right through with their incredible performance. Rajeev Kanakala gets a meaty role after a long time and capitalises on it. Tapsi Pannu acts brilliantly.
Despite being made on a shoe string budget the director makes full use of the locations and sets. The cinematography is ideal and adds to the horror effect. Music is very good. The director succeeds in extracting the best from each member of his technical and acting team. He scores high marks for choosing a story and translating it onto the silver screen with little resources at his disposal.
The Final Word:
“Anando Brahma” is a rib tickling comedy meant for complete family audiences.
“Anando Brahma” is rated 3/5