I have been hearing from a few friends about the recent period film Sita Ramam (2022), starring Dulquer Salmaan to be good. I caught up with the movie on Amazon Prime Video. This is a romantic suspense story that happens in two time periods 1965 & 1985 and mainly in two places Kashmir and Hyderabad. The art direction, cinematography and music were excellent, but the story and screenplay are convoluted lowering the entertainment quotient. It gets a Raw rating in our Mangoidiots scale.
As a young Lieutenant Ram serving in the toughest conditions, Dulquer Salmaan has given a convincing performance. Following last year’s Kurup (2021) this is one more feather in his cap and kudos to him. Rashmika Mandanna has an important but smaller role. Mrunai Thakur plays the love interest of Dulquer and she fits the role perfectly.
The story is an oft-repeated romance story between an army man and a girl, which happens serendipitously. The background is the long-running India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir and we see characters from both Pakistan and India playing important roles. In theory, the story should be a winner, but the screenplay confuses us between feeling emotional for the loving couple and feeling patriotic for the sacrifices of the brave Indian soldiers – had Director Hanu Raghavapudi eliminated this identity crisis and trimmed the running time, I would’ve enjoyed the film a lot more.