Title: Thank You Brother
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Viraj Ashwin, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Annapurnamma, Harsha Chemudu
Director: Ramesh Raparthi
Streaming on: Aha
Story: Abhi (Viraj Ashwin), an irresponsible youngster and Priya (Anasuya Bharadwaj), a pregnant lady cross paths and are stuck in a scary situation. How did they come out of it forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Viraj Ashwin has done a neat job in his role but it is Anasuya who steals the show with her terrific performance. She has done full justice to the role of a pregnant lady and her dubbing is too good. Other supporting actors like Annapurnamma, Harsha Chemudu, Anish Kuruvilla and others have done their parts well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good, especially in the second half where a lot of scenes take place in the same spot. Background score is good, especially towards the end. Editing is neat.
Analysis: This is one more film in recent times which has used Covid-19 backdrop for the story. The film is just over 90 minutes long and takes half the duration for introducing and establishing the two lead characters. Trimming a few scenes during this part would have made no difference but may have resulted in an abnormally low runtime. At halfway mark, the film reaches it’s conflict point and from then on, it is intense and focused. The writing is impressive in parts. For example, the mother sentiment angle and suspense moments in second half have been written and executed well. At the same time, there are a few scenes which are not convincing enough logically. They could have been dealt better. The predictability factor also plays spoilsport in the second half but the high intensity and the suspenseful moments made up for it to an extent. With better writing and emotional depth in the initial portions, the climax would have created an even stronger impact.
On a whole: Thank You Brother is a fresh attempt but required better writing throughout the film. It can be given a try if you are looking for something short and different from the usual.