Prayanam has a novel theme and backdrop but the limitations of a single location robs the film of the richness of variety and the pleasure of plurality.
Dhruv (Manoj) a care-free character along with his friends arrives at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia waiting for a flight to Singapore. At the airport, he bumps into Harika ( Harika alias Payal Ghosh) who is on her way to India where her marriage alliance is likely to be finalized.
This is a case of love at first sight for Dhruv and he has only two hours time to make Harika love him, because in two hours she boards her flight to India.
The rest of the story deals with whether Dhruv is successful in his attempts or not.
With limited opportunities, Manoj gives a reasonable paerformance. Harika alias Payal Ghosh looks a glam doll without much scope to showcase her acting talents. Janardhan, Kalpika and Tamim are good. Somehow, Brahmanandam appeared not at his best.
Chandrasekhar Yeleti seems to have fallen in the trap of going for a variety theme just for the sake of being different from the mainstream. He should realize that any story can be narrated differently, but it has to be told interestingly.
The screenplay is the main drawback of this film and the narration is dull and drab at times. If a hero has only two hours to seduce a heroine into permanent romance, then there ought to be credible but extraordinary incidents that make both the hero and heroine come closer. There is no palpable drama that excites you, because you already have the feeling that somehow the hero of Prayanam will get the heroine.
The cinematography is good. A film with this type of theme should not have song and dance sequences. Audiography is good.
In spite of its drawbacks, you can undertake the Prayanam once.
The Cast and Crew
Manoj Manchu, Harika (Payal Ghosh), Brahmanandam, Kalpika, Janardhan, Tamim & Daniel
Music: Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Sarvesh Murari
Editing: Mohan Rama Rao
Producer: Seeta Yeleti
Banner: Aryaki Arts
Story – Screenplay – direction: Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
2.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar