Kalyanamandapam review: With a tagline like “Est. 1975,” SR Kalyanamandapam required a sharp pair of scissors at the editing table the most. It is based on a sliver of a narrative and includes a smorgasbord of pieces aimed at the ‘mass’ audience in theatres, as well as theatrical sequences of father-son bonding. The 148-minute film is a test of endurance.
Kiran Abbavaram made his directorial debut with Raja Vaaru Rani Gaaru (2019), a charming small-town musical romance. He takes up the storey and screenplay responsibilities in SR Kalyanamandapam.
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He has a strong screen presence, can emote effectively, and can retain the audience’s attention. A film, on the other hand, must be more than a showreel.
Dharma (Sai Kumar) is presented to us as someone who has overindulged in booze. His shrill interactions with his fiery wife Shanti (Tulasi), whom he refers to as Sivagami, are a regular occurrence.
SR Kalyanamandapam was orginated by Dharma’s father
The S R Kalyanamandapam, built by Dharma’s father, is the family’s main source of pride in the hamlet; nevertheless, it is in danger of being squandered.
Dharma’s son Kalyan (Kiran Abbavaram) is charged with restoring the family’s honour as well as heal his damaged connection with his father, which comes as no surprise.
What, on the other hand, caused their connection to be strained? It’s all right. It doesn’t appear to matter at this point in the movie.
Because there are other clichés that are problematic, like as the hero’s obsession with the heroine’s stomach. They finally view Kushi as a result of their obsession (2001). Someone should have informed the film’s creative team that the year is 2021, and it’s time to update the storey.
Misogyny is seen in Dharma’s scolding of his wife, who responds with rage and tears, and in Kalyan’s continued objectification of Sindhu (Priyanka Jawalkar).
Sindhu hits Kalyan during the intermission and claims that she has never reciprocated his approaches. Finally, something on the subject of consent! However, this joy is fleeting. She professes her love for him in the next scene.
When it comes to slaps, the main characters are always smacking each other. I counted six of them. I’m not sure whether there are any more.
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The narrative appears to be over after Kalyan and his friends restore the wedding hall to its former grandeur and bring back the notion of small, personal weddings. Sindhu soon finds a new suitor, and the video drags on for almost an hour, releasing more drunken stupors, fights, and dances.
Oh, and there are many sequences throughout the film in which the protagonist, his friends, his father, and a slew of other men become drunk.
The chilly battle between father and son is likewise without substance. It just makes room for emotional sequences with a lot of discussion before they get back together.
Even a song by Sid Sriram towards the end of the film fails to rekindle attention.
Gangavva, who is immensely popular, is a bystander at Dharma’s house, and she giggles away. Then there’s Dharma, who likes to smash his skull against the nearest post or wall. Both of these phrases encapsulate a viewer’s predicament.