Hello Review: Routine Potboiler With Good VFX And Production Values

Hello Review: Routine Potboiler With Good VFX And Production Values

Hello, Review Out: The most anticipated movie from the next-gen Akkineni star, Akhil is a routine potboiler with good songs, dance and actions sequences.

Two years after making his debut in Tollywood, Akhil is making his comeback in his second film  “Hello”. He is the flagbearer of third generation actors from Akkineni family. Hello was sort of a relaunch for Akhil and a lot of expectation surrounds its success, especially after the star-power promotion.

We hope Akhil certainly bounces back strongly with Hello after a disappointing debut.
Movie: Hello

Release date: December 22, 2017

Director: Vikram Kumar

Producers: Nagarjuna

Music Director: Anup Rubens

Starring: AjayAkhil AkkineniJagapathi Babu, Ramya Krishnan, Kalyani Priyadarshan

PLOT:

Seenu and Junnu are soul mates who meet as children and are from different backgrounds. Seenu is an orphan and street kid, whereas Junnu is a rich kid. Junnu likes Seenu’s music composing skills on his Ektara instrument. Timelined in Hyderabad, these two childhood friends with massive class difference surely end up falling in love. But subsequently, face separation as Junnu’s family transfers to Delhi. 15 years later they are brought back together by destiny but neither of them knows who the other person is. As grownups, they are Avinash (Akhil) and Priya (Kalyani) and every day they look to reunite with their childhood friend. Rest of the story is how Avinash’s effort to track down his childhood love’s whereabouts fulfil and how they recognize each other.

FACTS:

Akhil looked uber cool, impresses with his dances, singing and original acts in fights. He is so natural in his histrionics and performance. However, his presence is limited in the first half and even that limited screen time he got is majorly occupied with action sequences. In the second half, he has some scope to act and he did decent job. The amount of work that Akhil has put in is clearly visible on screen in parkour-style chase sequences and in dances. Kalyani , the debut heroine, is perfect fit for Priya role. Though she is not a great beauty, she has class and elegance.

Ramyakrishna and Jagapathi Babu look good as the couple who adopt Seenu. Sentimental scenes between the family are good and ‘Diamond Ring’ episode also brings few laughters. Ajay, as the boss of phone theft gang, starts off as a serious villain but ends up as a comedy one. Anish Kuruvilla, Satya krishnan as parents of heroine are adequate.

NEGATIVES:

  • A single threaded story with nothing out of the box plot.
  • Flat narration with no sense of excitement or animated feelings.
  • The movie slows down towards the climax and becomes a pushover.
  • Vikram Kumar’s  limited magic sticks only to songs and few scenes.
  • Much hyped Chase sequences are of less impact even though are well executed.

POSITIVES:

  • Akhil’s dances and stunts
  • Ultimate Production Values
  • Songs as well as the background score

VERDICT:

Hello is a movie that the makers tried to pack with all the right technical ingredients – Stunts, dances, excellent artwork etc. At times this film has finest class moments dashed with artistic shots conceived by director Vikram Kumar. However, the weak plot and lack of emotional connect spoils the overall impact. Producer Nagarjuna’s effort to stamp his mark on rich production values is surely visible throughout the movie. Box-Office wise this film may perform decently in urban centres and chances of success in other sectors is limited.

Comparedada Rating: 2.75/5

 

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