Happy Birthday Movie Review
Star Cast: Lavanya Tripathi, Vennela Kishore, Naresh Agastya, Satya
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers
Director: Ritesh Rana
Music Director: Kaala Bhairava
Happy Birthday starring Lavanya Tripathi, Vennela Kishore, Sathya among others in key roles has hit the screens today. Let’s analyse it.
After the defence minister Rithvik Sodhi( Vennela Kishore) passes a gun amendment bill in the parliament, gun culture becomes a common aspect in the public. Later, the proceedings shift to Ritz Grand hotel where Happy( Lavanya Tripathi) lands to celebrate her surprise birthday party. What kind of incidents happen in the hotel? How is Happy interconnected with the various characters which come in the meantime? The twists and turns in Happy’s character, forms the main aspect of the film.
Lavanya Tripathi did her part perfectly. Her charm and screen presence add fresh vibe to the film. The way she carried the multi dimensional character with her effortless acting.
Comedian Satya gets a meaty role. His jovial role evokes good fun at parts. Young actor Naresh Agastya did his key role nicely and his work is visible on screen.
Vennela Kishore is okay in his peculiar character as a defence minister. Other artists who are seen in crucial roles are okay in their respective roles.
Director Ritesh Rana who earlier directed Mathu Vadalara is the director for Happy Birthday. The idea of exploring surreal comedy concept is good but the unique set up created lacks a proper flow and engaging narrative which can be termed as a major minus for the film.
The way all the characters come into the proceedings lacks a proper detailing due to which most of the time the audience feel like watching a aimless crime comedy drama.
Music by Kaala Bhairava is good. Though the songs are completely available, the background score registers well.
The cinematography work by Suresh Sarangam is superb as he brought the colourful tone to the film with his lens. Editing by Karthika Srinivas is uneven. Adding to it, the painful three hours runtime is also a major setback for the film.
The production design is good and so is the case with the production values for this limited budget movie.
To wrap up, Happy Birthday is a surreal comedy drama that has a few fun moments in the narrative but lack of proper scene order and unnecessary loud portions in the narrative divert the audience mood. All we suggest is to skip the theatrical watch of the film and give it a try when aired online.