February 10, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Wish one could find three words beginning with S, M and S to describe the film in short. It is one of those movies that wisp away without leaving a lasting impression. A debut film that has a story that is reasonably interesting and requires characters that are really chatty to suit the script. The artistes do chip in their bit but they lack spontaneity; One can make out from the screen that the duo are trying to hard to be natural i.e., the task shows but not the emotion.
Sudheer Babu overacts on many occasions, he needs to chill and enjoy his work and also work on what looks good on him and what doesn't. He has incredible energy and enthusiasm which is a plus point for an actor but the director should know better in which areas he should balance it and tone it down. Sudheer joins the list of a few actors whose voice would sound palatable if dubbed.
There is a number in which the actors sport period costumes, here other than satisfying the director's ego it didn't serve any purpose. Callisthenics, dances make for a great quotient only if the rest of the story works. Also the insecurity shows in the first film itself when a certain actor's vague vsiuals and number are played to help the story move. If low brow humour tickles you then SMS is certainly entertaining.
Regina Cassandra has potential, can improve but she certainly brought in effervescence to the screen. Rohini gets a deglam role but she does it with panache, however even her role is etched in a superficial manner. The comedian does a good job and the dialogues are an asset.
It is a blow hot blow cold relationship between two people who meet on the train and start fibbing for no rhyme or reason until they discover their feelings for each other. Vennela Kishore irritates one with his looks and performance, one doesn't understand if he has been roped in to make people laugh or cry. The unmistakable Tamil flavour is evident. Wish the story was as short as the title. A boring and a tiring watch.