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Review By : Release Date : Jun 02,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 34 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: S. Radha Krishna Cast: Anupama Parameswaran, Nithiin, Samantha Direction: Trivikram Srinivas Screenplay: Trivikram Srinivas Story: Trivikram Srinivas Music: Mickey J Meyer Background score: Mickey J Meyer Cinematography: Dudley, Natarajan Subramaniam

The last of the expected summer flicks of the year, A Aa finally hits the screens today (2nd June), after a series of goof ups with the release dates. Trivikram Srinivas who is known for his passionate and unique dialogues is back with a family love story starring Nithiin and Samantha in the lead roles. Premam fame Anupama Parameswaran, Ananya and Nadiya are seen playing pivotal roles.

A Aa is a very simple film about two families, The Anasuya Ramalingam (Samantha) family and the Aanand Vihari (Nithiin) who once parted ways due to a quarrel. Yes, the core storyline of A Aa is very similar to Trivikram-Pawan Kalyan’s Attarintiki Daredi but its overall screenplay and narrative pattern are a little different from it. As usual Trivikram’s pen does the talking and his dialogues are the back bone of the film and if not for the dialogues, A Aa would have ended up being a tiring watch as it is high on predictability factor.

The main problem here is that it is so mushy and dramatic. The first frame of the film shows Samantha cutting her hand, attempting a suicide and the very next scene you see her admitted in the hospital where her father who happens to be more of a friend to her, casually asks Samantha - “what happened my dear” with a music that sounds more witty than serious. They exchange a few words, make fun of Samantha’s mother and soon start laughing. Since when did attempting suicide become so much fun? It is such sugarcoated scenes which stop you empathize with the characters involved in the film.

Right from the frame Nithiin comes in, you get a neat, clean entertaining family drama till the interval, filled with comedy and adequate action scenes. You expect the second half of the film to be as free flowing as the  first, but sadly it gets a little dull post intermission. Samantha looks wonderful and she also has a very interesting character to play here, unlike run-of-the mill heroine roles. She shines especially with the comedy portions. Nadiya who plays Samantha’s mother gets a character that is very similar to the one she played in Attarintiki Daredi. Rao Ramesh deserves a special mention for his dialogue delivery and also for finishing the film in style by giving the final comic punch.

We get to see some great visuals from the lens of Natarajan Subramanian and Dudley. It looks very colorful setting the mood of the film right. Mickey J Meyer’s songs are passable and could have been better. None of the songs actually leave an impact and it is mostly saved by the flashy visuals.

Verdict: A decent sugarcoated family drama!
( 2.75 / 5.0 )
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A Aa (aka) Anasuya Ramalingam Versus Anand Vihari

A Aa (aka) Anasuya Ramalingam Versus Anand Vihari is a Telugu movie with production by S. Radha Krishna, direction by Trivikram Srinivas, cinematography by Dudley, Natarajan Subramaniam. The cast of A Aa (aka) Anasuya Ramalingam Versus Anand Vihari includes Anupama Parameswaran, Nithiin, Samantha.