Stars: 3 / 5
A Aa is a 2016 Telugu film starring Nithiin and Samantha Ruth Prabhu released on June 2 2016. The primary plot revolves around the lives of Anasuya Ramalingam Vs Aanand Vihari hence the title.
Movie opens with Anasuya planning to take her life unable to cope up with the pressure her mother, Mahalakshmi - a rich business woman, puts on her to be a perfect woman. Even that attempt fails much to her disappointment and her mother's wrath. Aanand on other side is a chef coming from a middle-class family with responsibilities to get his sister married off and clear the debts. When Mahalakshmi goes on a business trip, unbeknownst to her, Anasuya's father, Ramalingam, sends her to Aanand's home in Vijayawada to spend a few days there. Once there, Anasuya realizes that both families are related and that are not on talking terms for reasons unknown to her. He stays on discovering how happy she was living there, uncovering the reason behind the cold war between the two families and also falls in love with Aanand although both have been promised to others. The movie continues on how Aanand clears the cold war between the two families, fights out of his debt, gets his sister married and eventually win Anasuya.
Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, I went in expecting punch dialogues, funny moments and memorable melodies. Yet it paled in comparison to many of his other movies. Character portrayal of Anasuya bugged me a lot. She despises how her mother behaves towards her or her father and servants at home. Yet when she resides at Aanand's home, she behaves exactly the same. How can she despise her mother but become like her? And how can Aanand love her while hate her mother? She was not a character I could warm up to easily instead grated my nerves. As for music none of the songs were memorable although one song was pictured beautifully giving us an eye candy to the beautiful landscapes in and around Vijayawada.
The movie released right on the heels of Pawan Kalyan's Sardaar Gabbar Singh and Mahesh Babu's Brahmotsavam - both films bombed at the box office much to the disappointment of the audience. Although the story plot is very simple and predictable the movie went on to become a commercial success perhaps because the audience were craving something better than the two bombed films. If any other time this movie would have released it would have paled.
That said, it's an easy breezy movie with love story and predictable twists. No brain exercise needed to watch this.