Sundar (Nani) is the only male heir of an extremely orthodox Hindu family. Therefore, utmost care will be taken in his upbringing, even if it is seemingly ridiculous. Leela (Nazriya), who comes from a Christian family, always strives for her individuality and to make a name for herself. What happens when these two people of different religions fall in love? What are the chances that they can get their families to agree to marriage? What happens when your brilliant ideas start to materialize – the rest of the films show us how this comedy of mistakes unravels.
The first half starts off relatively slower, with director Vivek Athreya taking plenty of time to establish Sundar and Leela’s characters, their family beliefs, and traditions. Since most of this has already been revealed in the movie trailers, the first half hour feels a bit lengthy. The film is told in a non-linear fashion – with the narrative being shown from different time periods of Sundar and Leela’s life to better represent the emotional mindset and likely explanation of the current situation. Mentioning the childhood school play multiple times, explaining the series of events for Anupama and/or Harshvardhan, etc. make the narrative somewhat confusing for the audience.
Director Vivek took a seemingly straightforward plot point of interfaith marriage, added comedy stemming from blindly following religious traditions and drama from trying to find a balance between family and love to make this nearly three-hour film.
Nani steals the show with his portrayal of Sundar, who vainly protests against his family making life difficult for him in the name of religious traditions, while at the same time following them to appease them. The episodes between Sundar and Sundar’s father (Naresh) ended well.
The production values of the Mythri filmmakers are reasonable. Vivek Sagar’s background music is good, but its melodies aren’t great.
+ Entertainment and emotions went well together
+ Performances by the entire cast
+ Good writing by Vivek Atreya
– First half is stretched, film is a bit long
– Songs could have been better
Verdict : ‘Ante Sundaraniki’ is an entertaining urban film with an average first half and a good second half. Director Vivek Atreya is able to create emotions. Nani and Nazriya performed well. A film to watch with the family.
Telugu360 rating: 3/5