Hasini is a standard Indian cinema formula film, where the hero and heroine meet on a train journey, each of them losing something precious and then meet again to discover each other.
Hasini (Sandhya) and Kamal (Kamalakar) travel in the same bogey on a train. She loses her bag and suspects that Kamal has knocked it off. She is worried because something valuable is there in the bag. Even Kamal loses a diamond ring which he wanted to give to Sony (Aphiya) and propose marriage.
Hasini lands up at Kamal’s home in a village and gives an impression that she is Kamal’s girl friend, while her objective is to get her bag back. Kamal’s family members treat her as if she is already Kamal’s wife. When Kamal returns home to his village, he is surprised to see Hasini mingling well with his family members. He tries to convince his family members that he does not know Hasini, but no one believes him. Meanwhile, Hasini is hell-bent on retrieving her bag.
What is in Hasini’s bag? Why does she want it back so badly? Where is the diamond ring which Kamal lost? What will happen to the relationships of Kamal, Hasini and Sony?
Answers to these questions lead us to a predictable climax.
Sandhya carries the entire film on her able shoulders and essays her role with consummate ease. She is known to Telugu movie audience through her film Premisthe and in Pawan Kalyan’s Annavaram where she played the role of the hero’s sister.
Kamalakar looks nervous and that weakness suits his role by a mere coincidence. Aphiya looks gorgeous. All others go through their motions according to the script.
Director B.V.Ramana makes a film with regular formula and he was not sure whether he should make a comedy film or a film with a contemporary cinematic idiom.
There are so many films where the hero and hero meet on a journey, right from Raj Kapoor’s Nargis’ starrer Chori Chori (1956) which is based on William Wyler’s Roman Holiday (1953) featuring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Then there is Mahesh Bhatt’s and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991) starring Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt. The latest is Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met with Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor, which is being remade in Telugu with Pawan Kalyan and Anushka.
But then, Hasini has the form, content, substance, but it has no soul. The film only appeals to the banal senses. Technically, it falls in the average category. Production values are forgotten. Cinematography does not help pep up the narration. Koti’s music is the onle saving grace of the film.
There is no need to rush to the theatre to see Hasini. Await its telecast on some Telugu TV channel or the other.
The Cast and Crew
Sandhya, Kamalakar, Giri Babu, Aphiya and others
Director : B.V.Ramana
Music Director : Koti
Producer : Kamalakar
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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