Cast: Nani, Vaani Kapoor Badava Gopi, M J Sriram and Simran
Director: Gokul Krishna
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Yash Raj Films forays into South with Aha Kalyanam. This is the official remake of the Hindi hit Band Baaja Bharaat. Nani plays the lead, while Vaani Kapoor is making her Telugu debut with this film. This Telugu remake is released after four years of the Hindi film.
Interestingly, a Telugu film 'Jabardasth' (which faced objection by YRF) released last year, was the remake of the same Hindi film.
Shakti (Nani) and Sruthi (Vaani Kapoor) meet at a wedding reception and became friends. They want to carry forward their friendship and join as assistants to a big wedding planner Chandralekha (Simran). But due to some differences with her, the duo walks out of that company and decides to start their own company, a wedding planning firm called Gatti Melam.
Both of them work hard with innovative plans that they almost come to the level of Chandralekha’s company.
Gatti Melam becomes the talk of the town and with the huge success, they plan to celebrate in the office. On that day, thier friendship took a different turn. From the next day onwards, both started arguing and decided to separate. Shakti decided to start his own firm called Happy Wedding.
What happened to their friendship? Will they come together again? These questions form the crux of the story.
The Hindi film was perfectly suited to the tastes of the Hindi audience as many North Indian marriages have wedding planners play an important role. Also, both Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh played equal parts and got credit in the movie .
When it comes to 'Aha Kalyanam', first of all, the subject does not resonate with the Telugu audience, as one can see Punjabi-type dances in the film. Moreover, it’s Nani who is carrying the entire film on his shoulders.
Though the makers had announced that the film is made in two languages, the Telugu version is cleardy a dubbed version of the Tamil film. Barring Nani, none of the actors are known to Telugu audience. The dubbing is not perfect.
Nani perfectly played his part. But Vaani Kapoor is no match for him. She looks promising, but still has a long way to go. Don’t expect anything big from Aha Kalyanam, but watch it for time-pass and Nani.