Anukoni Prayanam Review Rating : 2.5/5
Senior hero-turned-character artiste Rajendra Prasad has come up with Anukoni Prayanam movie this Friday. Besides Rajendra Prasad, this movie also features heroine Prema after a long gap. Director Venkatesh Pediredla makes his debut with this movie, which is touted as an emotional drama laced with entertainment. Join us on the journey for an authentic review.
The motive behind unexpected journey:
Rajendra Prasad and Narasimha Raju are best friends who work as daily wage labourers at a construction site in Bhubaneshwar. Rajendra Prasad is unmarried and is free from any responsibilities. He loves living life as single and shies away from marriage and family responsibilities.
The story of Narasimha Raju is an altogether different one. He has the responsibility to settle his widowed daughter in his native village near Rajamundry. Tulasi is his old-aged wife. Inspite of old age, he takes the laborious job to fulfil his family responsibilities and he never complains about it. In fact Narasimha Raju is happy with his family responsibilities and often suggests Rajendra Prasad to get married.
But as fate takes a cruel turn, Narasimha Raju dies due to heart attack. The responsibility of transporting the body of his deceased friend falls on Rajendra Prasad’s shoulder, who is already shattered by his close friend’s death.
Things only get tougher as COVID-19 lockdown is imposed, creating hurdles in the way of Rajendra Prasad. How Rajendra Prasad takes the body of his late friend from Bhubaneshwar to Rajahmundry, what obstacles he faces on the way, what lessons does he learn about life and whether he succeeds in his mission, forms the main plot of Anukoni Prayanam movie.
Good story marred by outdated treatment:
Anukoni Prayanam has good story which is heart touching. But it is presented with an outdated treatment. Director Venkatesh Pediredla, who has also done screenplay, succeeded in mixing comedy with emotional drama in narration. But he has faltered in case of presentation, as at times movie appears bit old fashioned.
Rajendra Prasad shines in this emotional drama:
According to the story, Rajendra Prasad leads the way all through the road journey in the movie. Likewise, he leads the movie even on and off screen. It is a Rajendra Prasad’s movie all the way and he has got one more good role to his credit. This movie reminds us of Rajendra Prasad’s past movies like Aa Naluguru and Mee Shreyobhilashi.
Coming to remaining star cast, senior heroine Prema appears in this movie after a long gap. She appears as doctor Kasturi who helps Rajendra Prasad in his efforts to transport his friend’s dead body to his native vilage.
Besides lead actors, Anukoni Prayanam also has a large supporting cast. It features actors like Narasimha Raju, Tulasi, Dhanraj, Narayana Rao, Ravi Babu, Prabhas Srinu, Sathya Krishnan, Mahesh Achanta and others who are all adequate in their roles.
Music, cinematography and other crafts:
Music is composed by Shiva Dinavahi and he has come up with a decent job. Though there aren’t chartbusters, he keeps the mood and momentum going. Cinematographer Mallikarjun Naragani has done a good job. He ensured that most of the movie looked scenic by meticulously capturing outdoors. Editing could have been better as movie needed to be more compact to be impactful.
Production values are good for a small movie.
Anukoni Prayanam is an emotional drama which chose a different route to reach audience hearts. While it is not for regular audience, movie lovers who like dramas like Mee Shreyobhilashi and Aa Naluguru can watch it.
Bottom-line: On the lines of ‘Aa Naluguru’ and ‘Mee Shreyobhilashi’
Anukoni Prayanam Review Rating : 2.5/5
Anukoni Prayanam Trailer
Star cast: Rajendra Prasad, Narasimha Raju, Prema, Tulasi, Shubhaleka Sudhakar, Ravi Babu, Prabhas Srinu, Dhanraj, Narayana Rao and others
Cinematographer: Mallikarjun Naragani
Music director: Siva Dinavahi
Editor: Ram Tumu
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Story and Producer: Jagan Mohan DY
Screenplay and Direction: Venkatesh Pediredla