Sita Ramam | Movie Review

Sita Ramam

From the trailers, Sita Ramam seemed like a romantic love story from the 1960s, with a war backdrop. Does this age-old romance work in the current era?

Scripted and directed by Hanu Raghavapudi, Sita Ramam narrates the non-linear back-and-forth story of Afreen (Rashmika), a Pakistani student from 1985 who reluctantly travels to India to handover a letter written 20 years ago by Lieutenant Ram (Dulquer) to a woman named Sita (Mrunal). While trying to locate Sita, she learns about Ram, his heroics in the Indian army, his undying love for Sita, and a little about how she’s connected to them.

From the first frame, it is clearly evident that Hanu wanted to create a love story like Roja, a Mani Ratnam classic. While combining war and the army into love stories is not new, I thought Hanu tried too hard to make everything fit into the storyline. He succeeds with the love story element; an army officer receiving letters from strangers claiming to be his family when he says he’s an orphan is well conceptualized, and how this ignites Ram and Sita’s love story is beautifully handled. The twists and turns along their journey and how it’s integrated into the army operations work well until a point, but eventually starts to feel artificial and unrealistic, primarily because of the slow pace of the film. Movies like these need to have a crisp screenplay and keep you engrossed all through, and that’s where this movie falters.

Dulquer Salmaan is brilliant as Ram. His characterization makes you fall in love with him. Mrunal Thakur scores big on her Telugu debut; she looks lovely and utilizes her expressive eyes effectively. Sumanth has a meaty role and does justice. Rashmika’s act could have been better; it felt like she did the film just for the heck of it. There are numerous actors from across industries in the film but almost all of them either have a single frame or are under-utilized.

Music by Vishal Chandrasekhar is alright but nothing great. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is decent considering the slow screenplay; at almost 2 hours 45 minutes, the film is too long, but I doubt he could have done anything about it. Cinematography by P. S. Vinod and Shreyaas Krishna is a major asset to the film. The Kashmir valley is stunningly picturized, and so are the buildings and frames of the 1960s. Production by Vyjayanthi is commendable.

Is it worth your time and money?: Sita Ramam is a beautiful love story with its moments, but it falters because of its slow paced and shoddy screenplay. So, watch it if you have the time and patience.

Worth mention: The chemistry between the lead pair.

Acting: 8/10
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 6/10
Technical Aspects: 7.5/10

Verdict: 7/10

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4 thoughts on “Sita Ramam | Movie Review”

  1. Shoddy Screenplay? think you don’t know anything about what is screenplay means.

    One of the Best written screenplay in Indian Cinema! Sita Ramam❀️

    1. Okay, maybe shoddy is too harsh, but it was definitely slow paced. Imagining how effective the movie would have been if it were crisp, chucking most of the chunky first half!

  2. The epical art of love seasoned with war. The emotional flow of twin hearts layered with heart stealing musics, gentle comedy, the evergreen charm of cute smile and beautiful dreams… The on-screen and offscreen presence are unbeatable and the cute expressions fills the heart with enthusiasm whereas every pain of then never missed to water our eyes. An wholesome feast of emotions that accompanies time. Heartfelt thanks to favi Dulquer, Mrunal, Rashmika, Hanurpudi, Swapna Dutt, Ashwin Dutt, Wayfarer films, Vyjayanthi movies, Lyca productions, Sony Music South, Shreyas Cinemas, Prakash Raj, GVM, Sumanth and Tharun. The movie has Diame a dozen moral takeaway beyond all these. Several information and real time situations are demonstrated for better understanding of humanity and social life. The one who miss it is like missing you heartbeat. May God bless the entire team with all the very best and protect throughout the journey of life πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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