Movie Review: Ami Thumi

RATING: 2.75/5

With films like “Ashta Chemma”, “Golconda High School” and “Gentleman”, director Mohana Krishna Indraganti created a niche for himself. His films are much-looked forward to by film lovers. The bankable director has shift genres again after making a suspense drama. This time he tried his hand at quirky comedy Ami Thumi that relies on ‘comedy of errors’.

OVERVIEW: Deepika (Eesha)’s father arranges an alliance for her with Sri Chilipi (Vennela Kishore) much against her wishes. She is locked in her room, as she is adamant of marrying her boyfriend Ananth (Adivi Sesh). Her maid gives her an idea. So, they change their places.The maid now moves into the room and Deepika runs away from home in the attire of maid. Sri Chilipi comes from Vizag to see Deepika and then comedy from mistaken identity begins.

REVIEW:  Ami Thumi is a comedy based upon mistaken identity. The concept is not new to us as we have seen ample comedies with similar theme. Director Mohanakrishna almost messed it up with a very bad beginning and a messy first hour. The film has almost overcome its weaknesses towards the intermission point, thanks to Vennela Kishore.The first scenes of the movie are quite dull. It begins with the romance of Eesha and Adivi Sesh. Then it moves on to the story of Avasarala and Aditi.The first thirty minutes bore us. The conversation between Eesha, Avasarala and Tanikella (all belong to one family) is such a bore. Then the story gets its turning point with the introduction of Vennela Kishore.

The introduction scene between Vennela Kishore and Eesha itself is a hilarious scene. Then another mistaken identity sequence happens when Vennela Kishore goes to Tanikella Bharani to meet Eesha.Then the movie goes in regular manner post interval and Second half runs on a single note without any fuss. Climax is decent despite the predictability factor. Indraganti Mohana Krishna didn’t have strong script on hands. He has totally relied upon the characters to create fun. Most of the jokes misfired due to bad timing. Overdose of dialogue also didn’t help its cause.

Avasarala Srinivas appears in three episodes – beginning of the movie, pre-climax scene and at the end of the movie. Adivi Sesh appears once in a while. Vennela Kishore runs the entire movie. His English phrases and repartees are funny.Indraganti Mohana Krishna in his promotional interviews said this movie belongs to the genre of ‘Screwball comedy’. But the movie doesn’t critique the society or current times but it has other comedy features of this genre.

Ami Thumi has many minuses, but Vennela Kishore singlehandedly saved it from ending up as a mess. On the whole, Ami Thumi is a passable fare with some laugh out loud moments here and there.

                       –Panchajanya