Starring: Lavanya Tripathi, Vennela Kishore, Satya, Rahul Ramakrishna, and others
Director: Ritesh Rana
Producers: Cherry, Hemalatha
Music Director: Kaala Bhairava
Lavanya Tripathi is one among those heroines who is still yet to hit the stardom despite being in the industry for a decade. Though she delivered some hits, a massive blockbuster is still due in Lavanya’s career. The actress who was mostly seen in serious roles in her career has attempted a comedy genre for the first time with Happy Birthday movie. Directed by Nitesh Rana of Mathu Vadalara fame, the movie has released today. Let’s see how the movie fares at the box-office.
As said by the director the movie is a new age fictional comedy genre film and the story is unconventional. Rithvik Sodhi (Vennela Kishore), the defence minister introduces the Gun culture in India. As per the new rule, everybody should own a gun. And the gun culture flourishes across the country and everyone carries a gun or an assault rifle. The whole story is set in Ritz Hotel of Hyderabad. The hotel house keeper (Naresh Agastya) has been hired to replace a lighter which holds a great importance in the story. Pasupuleti Happy Tripati (Lavanya Tripathi) on her birthday enters the pub, and gets kidnapped by the guys who are in search for the lighter. Why Lavanya was kidnapped and where does the gun culture lead is the rest of the story.
Director Ritesh Rana seems still in the hangover of his debut film Mathu Vadalara’s screenplay format and repeated the same in Happy Birthday movie as well. The entire story is narrated from the characters’ point of view, eventually the story takes different dimension as and when a new character is introduced.
Just like in his previous movie Mathu Vadalara, Satya steals the show in this movie as well. Vennela Kishore as the defence minister is good. Though the first half is good, the tempo goes down in the second half a bit.
Sarcasm filled dialogues
Heroine thread is half baked and boring
Second half lacks any substance
On the whole, Happy Birthday is a movie with unconventional screenplay works in parts and can reach only a set of audience. On the whole, it’s an average movie which can be watched in leisure.