• Cast , Vaani Kapoor
  • BannerYash Raj Films
  • Editor Bavan Sreekumar
  • Cinematography S Lokanathan
  • Music Dharan Kumar
  • Producer Adithya Chopra
  • Director Gokul
  • Audio release date 27 Jan 2014

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Aaha Kalyanam review

“Getti Melam actually Good Melam ? Just short of Band Baaja Baarat“

Posted: 21 February 2014-11:01 AM

Shruti Subramaniam (Vaani Kapoor) is an ambitious college passed out girl with table full of plans to set up a wedding planning firm. Shakti (Nani) is a happy-go-lucky guy who is often bugged by his farmer dad to come back to the village and assist him in farming, which Shakti always hates to do. Shakti who accidentally meets Shruti in a wedding tries to befriend and starts trying to woo her. But Shruti, who spots Shakti doing it deliberately, turns down this on a lighter vein explaining her business plans. Shakti has initially no count in her ideas but when his father coerces him to come back home, he instinctively narrates his wedding planning idea (Shruthi’s idea). Shakti eventually gets serious about the idea and approaches Shruti for a partnership. But Shruti’s principle is to not mix finance and romance and hence, rejects Shakti’s proposal.

Anyhow, Shakti is after Shruti assisting her in fetching a job under ace wedding planner Chandralekha (Simran). But an immediate blow at the job instigates the duo to quit and venture their dream wedding planning firm ‘Getti Melam’. Both Shakti and Shruti go great guns in the business and eventually, Shruti falls in love with Shakti. But, Shakti who fears the business getting affected due to their relationship tries to nullify her feelings which lead to the fissure in their relation and business as well. So, what is the future of their Getti Melam and their relation forms the crux of the story.

Nani: He is always the showstopper. His vivacious act and amazing comic timing are his magic wands. But alongside acting and comedy, this film offers a good ‘dancing Nani’ as well. He was brilliant at acting ‘dumb’ as his character ‘Shakti’. Though he has a bright comic timing than Ranveer Singh (in the original Band Baaja Baarat), it sometimes reminded us of the routine ‘Nani’ than his character ‘Shakti’.

Vaani: Now she scores a home run with her debut South Indian film. Though Chinmayi’s dubbing act was fabulous, Vaani got her Telugu lyrics absolutely in the songs. It’s her debut South Indian film but let’s not forget she is a Filmfare awardee and she just proved us why with this film. She added glamour, energy and beauty to the character ‘Sruthi’. She makes you forget Anushka Sharma (in the original) for sure.

Simran: Simran’s cameo as ‘Chandralekha’ has nothing special to offer but she just served her purpose and left.

Badava Gopi as Hyder, M.J. Sriram and the other cast were just good enough to keep the act running – no scope…so no act – simple!

On the upfront, let us tell you this is a dubbing film [Tamil to Telugu]. But, Gokul Krishna does a fairly impressive job in adapting the original Hindi version film as his film’s theme ‘Wedding’ is rightly a universal thing. It would appeal anywhere even in Nigeria or Madagascar [Just saying].

But he deserves a tap for getting his dialogs brilliantly working in Telugu. Though the film initially sounded like a typical dubbing film, the dialogs were the knight in the shining armor for the film.

He got all his prominent crafts in the groove and made it seem flawless. He was aesthetically sound enough while dealing with intense romantic scenes and he has got a good attention to details as well.

-> Stupendous casting mainly the leads – great chemistry between Nani and Vaani.

-> Good use of his casting and intelligent piece of acting by Nani and Vaani.

-> Dialogs are great and funny indeed but hilarious at various instances enhanced by Nani’s timing. For instance, “Super Kutumabam, Pattukunte Pattucheera, Doosukeltha ani pettalekapoyava” after the interval and “Nu alisipoyi intiki vasthe tea pedatha, alisipokunda vaste alisipoyela chesta” in the climax instantly struck the chord.

->Engaging, pacy and feel-good first half. Gripping second half. Comedy throughout.

-> A sluggish beginning in the first half.

-> A typical Tamil odor in the film missing vernacular Telugu comedy.

-> Lacking commercial treatment.

-> Might not appeal much to the rural sect of the audience but the metro and multiplex audience might find it entertaining enough.

Dharam Kumar’s music was serving his director’s need but his background score brought life to this wedding love story. The climax song with the popular dialogs was peppy enough but sounded banal somehow.

The cinematography and editing were decent enough for this breezy love story. Dialogues by Shashank Vennelakanti were brilliant.

Getti Melam’ that is supposed to produce great sound actually sounded ordinary but not bad enough to call it a ‘noise’. So, Aaha Kalyanam is a good one time watch even for those who watched Band Baaja Baarat and Jabardasth. If you are not busy attending any weddings or getting married in this month, watching Aaha Kalyanam should be a good plan.