At a wedding in the city, he falls for Ananya (Eesha), a painter who associates with designing creative greeting cards. While Ananya too shows interest on him, she takes time to reciprocate to his business proposal. Extremely romantic at heart, she is keen on Anil giving a surprise that will eventually make her say the three magic words. And yes he does it in style much to her delight. The romance takes centre stage up to a point when she asks him to marry her. He accepts her proposal, but as things seem to go fine, she tells him about the difference of opinions that her parents (played by Ravi Babu and Madhoo) are going through. He feels that its time that they test their compatibility by opting for a secret live-in relationship. Their motto is simple - let each other live on their own terms.
Whether it is Anil taking the help of his friend Avasarala Srinivas for his small queries or one of his office subordinates (Venkata Prasad) taking a dig at the system of marriage, the humour is real and brings the house down on most occasions. Srinivas, who gets the best lines, proves that his talent is yet to be tapped by most makers, except for the director who has given him a break with ‘ A s h t a Chamma’. K r i s h n a ’s s u p p o r t i n g characters too - Ananya’s and Anil’s parents - lend a solid base for the core story to move ahead without boredom, though the preclimax is melodramatic.
Technically, Kalyani (Mallik) Koduri excels with his music. Give him a fine script; he can do wonders like his elder brother Keeravani. Although there are no foot tapping numbers except for ‘Ye inti ammayyive o Aliveni,’ his other songs are lullaby to the ears and propel the story forward. Cinematographer PG Vinda gives it the right urbane look. Among the cast, Sumanth emerges from the boyhood of ‘Tuneega Tuneega’ and comes with a performance that is expected from an experience artiste. It’s for him to make a choice now, whether to become a star or an actor.
Eesha, a rank newcomer, puts up a commanding performance. Together their chemistry is the soul of the movie. The supporting cast of Rao Ramesh, Rohini, Ravi Babu and M a d h o o shine. Newc o m e r Ve n k a t a P r a s a d who plays the frust r a t e d h u s - b a n d a t Anil’s office is first rate. A refreshing drama that offers a slice of life, it’s an Indraganti film from start to end - the way he handled the story, the way he extracted the performances and not to forget his cheesy one-liners, here is a filmmaker who is unperturbed by what is going around him and has the dare to experiment. He has arrived long back but this one is going to establish him among the ranks of Bapu, Viswanath, Krishna Vamsi and Sekhar Kammula.
Anthaku Mundu Aa Tharuvatha
Cast : Sumanth Ashwin and Eesha
Music : Kalyani Koduri
Direction : Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Genre : Drama
Rating : ***1/2