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Hanuman Movie Review: Goosebumps Guaranteed a Big blockbuster on the way

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Hanuman Movie Review: Goosebumps Guaranteed a Big blockbuster on the way

Hanuman Movie Review Rating: 4 Stars

Star Cast: Teja Sajja, Amritha Aiyer, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Vinay Rai, Vennela Kishore, Satya, Getup Srinu, Raj Deepak Shetty

Director: Prasanth Varma

What’s Good: If a 60-crore film starts to feel better than a 600-crore film (ahem… Adipurush… ahem…), you know what would be good!

What’s Bad: Some unnecessary subplots, a weak villain & the film industry’s unfair trait of supporting big stars

Loo Break: Just the interval, as the film is close to 2 hours 45 minutes

Watch or Not?: If you can digest the weaknesses over the strengths above

Available On: Theatrical release

Runtime: 2 hours 38 minutes

User Rating: ★★★★☆


Set in the fictional village of Anjanadri, this story revolves around Hanumanta (Teja Sajja), an ordinary pickpocket who gains the superpower of Lord Hanuman. The narrative focuses on Hanumanta’s journey to fight against injustice inflicted by the classist dictatorship. The tale begins with the backstory of the villain, Michael, who, like many kids, aspired to be a superhero. However, his extreme actions lead him down a psychotic path, turning him into a supervillain. The story unfolds as Michael crosses paths with Hanumanta, showcasing their clash of ideologies.

Hanuman Movie Review: Goosebumps Guaranteed a Big blockbuster on the way

Hanuman Movie Review: Script Analysis

Addressing the budget concerns, the film’s actual cost is estimated to be around 55-60 crores, showcasing an unprecedented visual spectacle for a mid-budget Indian film. The collaborative effort of a passionate team, contributing creative input at every stage, has resulted in this stunning cinematic achievement.

Dasaradhi Sivendra’s cinematography perfectly complements Prasanth Varma’s visionary direction. The visuals, like Hanumanta standing before a flame-lit structure of Lord Rama and a magnificent hill sculpture of Lord Hanuman, demonstrate the power of imagination.

Despite the film’s brilliance, there are flaws. The story is still in the early stages, with much kept undisclosed for the sequel. The narrative takes time to establish Hanumanta’s character fully, reaching its climax where he comprehends the depth of his powers. Comedy has its moments but falters at times. The love angle feels extended without providing a strong connection. Certain VFX scenes, like the helicopter, appear out of place, and hyper-running visuals lack finesse.

Hanuman Movie Review: Star Performance

Teja Sajja’s portrayal of a superhero with the powers of Lord Hanuman is a masterstroke, breaking the stereotype of a bulked-up hero. Much like Abhimanyu Dassani and Tovino Thomas in other superhero roles, Teja Sajja’s character is relatable, an ordinary person enjoying superpowers. Despite a few action choreography hiccups, he excels in the role.

Amritha Aiyer’s track may seem unnecessary, but she handles her role well, avoiding boredom. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, playing Hanumanta’s sister, deserved more screen time, providing an emotional connection to the lead. Her performance is thunderous. Vinay Rai’s villain, although well-set up, feels underutilized, leaving room for improvement in the sequel. Satya and Getup Srinu deliver laughs, while Vennela Kishore’s character needed better writing. Overall, the cast contributes effectively to the film.

Hanuman Movie Review: Direction, Music

Prasanth Varma deserves applause for his exceptional work! It’s not just about achieving everything on a restricted budget; it’s also about making a mark in an industry dominated by super/mega/rebel/action stars. His calm approach to the film’s release down south reflects the confidence he has in the content. This film could be a turning point for the Indian superhero genre, especially as the US grapples with superhero fatigue. Prasanth Varma might have kickstarted the superhero film journey in the country.

The songs by Anudeep Dev, GowraHari, and Krishna Saurabh may not be mind-blowing, except for the Hanuman Chalisa track towards the end. However, the background score elevates certain scenes, creating an atmosphere that makes you want to cheer for Lord Hanuman.

Read Also: Hanuman Box Office Collection | Worldwide | Day Wise | Budget | Hit Or Flop

Hanuman Movie Review: The Last Word

In Last Word, Prasanth Varma has showcased a remarkable vision with HanuMan. If given a massive budget like Adipurush, he could deliver visuals unprecedented in the Indian film industry. It’s essential to preserve his vision, as it has the potential to elevate our industry to new heights.

Four stars!

Hanuman Trailer

Hanuman releases on 12 January 2024.

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