Movie Rating: 3.5/5
Hello! Story: Avinash/Seenu (Akhil) is a street urchin brought up by his loving adoptive parents Saru (Ramya Krishnan) and Prakash (Jagapathi Babu). The love of his life is the girl he meets during childhood Junnu/Priya (Kalyani), whom fate had snatched away from him. Fourteen long years and they still wait for the day they will meet again. Will destiny help them?
Hello! Review: Shah Rukh Khan once said in his hit film ‘Om Shanti Om’ – Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho … to puri kainaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai. And ‘Hello’ is a magical case study on the same; how the whole universe conspires to bring two people together when they’re meant to be.
Avinash/Seenu (Akhil) meets Junnu/Priya (Kalyani) during childhood and their love is simple and pure. He loves how her bangles jingle when she eats paani puri, the bells on her anklets make a sound as she runs and most importantly, he loves her quirky nature. She loves the fact that he has a golden heart and how he makes up a tune especially for her when she asks. When Junnu’s father is transferred to Delhi, fate cruelly separates them, but as if in penance, it also brings his adoptive parents into his life. Fourteen long years and they’re both still in search of each other. If they ever find each other or not, is what ‘Hello’ is all about.
‘Hello’ is a film filled with beauty – be it the actors, visuals, love track or even the screenplay. Surprisingly, such care has been given to every minute detail that it makes the film all the more stunning. Though it’s a little hard to believe that tree-climbing Seenu grows up to become a parkour expert Avinash, let’s just give him the benefit of doubt, because otherwise, Akhil is simply a delight to watch on screen. One can clearly see the enjoyment on his face when he dances and his smile is simply illuminating. When on screen, he is no longer the Akkineni prince, but Seenu, desperate to meet his lady love.
Kalyani on the other hand has a class and grace about her that’s hard to come by. Her character, costumes, look and the whole shebang has a beautiful simplicity a la Girija in ‘Geethanjali’ or Lavanya Tripathi in ‘Andala Rakshasi’. For a debutant, Kalyani has done a great job for the screen time she was allocated, which is more in the second half than the first. Akhil and Kalyani simply look stunning together on the screen.
Coming to the acting pros, Ramya Krishnan and Jagapathi Babu, their characters are more important to this story than one realises at first. Both the actors are stupendous in the roles, with their characters oozing with nothing less than OTT love for their adopted son. While many might feel that the time spent on their character development and the adoption track is unnecessary to the story, they are simply the reason why Anivash could be the way he is – the golden boy with a golden heart. The contrast is clearly shown through the character of Pandu, another street urchin due to whom Seenu’s life changes twice. Ramya Krishnan and Jagapathi Babu are striking even while showcasing the daily intricacies of life, be it them hiding from their son how hurt they are when he keeps addressing them as aunty and uncle, and even the joy when he finally calls them amma and nana.
Anu Rubens has done a good job on the soundtrack, with the songs blending into the beauty of it all. With all said and done, while Seenu and Junnu’s love story might be a simple one, the film isn’t. With twists and turns lying round every corner, especially Seenu always low on luck, ‘Hello’ has a lot to offer. Do not expect duets shot in exotic locales or hero elevation fight scenes because you will be disappointed. Give this one a watch this weekend, you won’t regret it!