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HanuMan Movie Review: Teja Sajja Shines in Prasanth Varma’s Superhero Debut

HanuMan Movie Review: Teja Sajja Shines in Prasanth Varma’s Superhero Sequel

In his second collaboration with Prasanth Varma after “Zombie Reddy,” Teja Sajja delivers a standout performance in “HanuMan.” Varma, known for his innovative filmmaking, introduces a fresh concept with the HanuMan character, marking the beginning of the Prasanth Varma Cinematic Universe (PVCU). Despite facing initial underdog status in the Sankranthi lineup, the film has potential to emerge victorious. (Also Read: HanuMan is culturally rooted, not religious: Director Prasanth Varma)

Teja Sajja’s journey continues with upcoming films “Adhira” and “Jai Hanuman.”

HanuMan Movie Storyline

The story unfolds in Anjanadri, a quaint village where Hanumanthu (Teja) lives a simple life with his sister Anjamma (Varalaxmi). Anjanadri, nestled amidst nature with a prominent Hanuman statue, is a world apart from modernity. Hanumanthu’s discovery of a mystical totem attracts attention, leading to unforeseen consequences for the village and beyond. With Michael (Vijay) and Siri (Vennela Kishore) posing challenges, Hanumanthu must rise to protect his home.

HanuMan Movie Review

On the surface, “HanuMan Movie” appears as a typical superhero origin tale—a protagonist underestimated until acquiring superpowers, supported by a comedic sidekick (Getup Srinu) who doubts his abilities. However, Prasanth Varma navigates this familiar narrative terrain adeptly, ensuring the film remains engaging throughout.

What Works

HanuMan” excels in building momentum gradually, offering humorous moments courtesy of Srinu, Satya, and the charismatic monkey, Koti (Ravi Teja). The film hits its stride when Hanumanthu embraces his newfound abilities, blending action with a touch of humor. Notably, the film showcases the challenges of establishing a superhero in Telugu cinema, contrasting everyday heroes like Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan.

The heart of “HanuMan” lies in Hanumanthu’s journey of self-discovery, akin to Lord Hanuman, and his bond with Anjamma, which provides emotionally resonant moments.

What Doesn’t Work

Despite a strong start featuring Michael, the narrative occasionally meanders into a subplot involving Meenakshi (Amritha) and another villain (Raj Deepak Shetty), which feels underdeveloped. The film’s VFX, while impressive in establishing Anjanadri, falters in crucial emotional sequences and the climax, detracting from its ambitious scope.

The PVCU Universe

Prasanth Varma skillfully immerses viewers in the universe of Anjanadri, bolstered by Anudeep Dev, Gowra Hari, and Krishna Saurabh’s musical contributions and Dasaradhi Sivendra’s cinematography. “Avakaya Anjaneya,” though not integral to the plot, adds cultural flavor as Hanumanthu embraces his heroism amid folkloric encounters.

Overall, “HanuMan Movie” delivers a wholesome Sankranthi entertainer, appealing to family audiences with its blend of action and heart. With sequels “Jai Hanuman” and “Adhira” on the horizon, featuring Kalyan Dasari, Prasanth Varma’s cinematic universe promises further exploration and growth.

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