The Cast and Crew
Tarun, Genelia, Ahuti Prasad, Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, Subbaraju, Raghubabu, MS Narayana, Suthivelu, Sivaji Raja, Abhi, Giri, Surekha Vani, Tulasi, Geeta Singh, Monali Chowdary, Vamsi and others
Music: Mani Sharma
Lyrics: Sirivennela & Anant Sreeram
Cinematography: Bhaskar Samala
Producer: Sunkara Madhu Murali
Banner : Karthikeya Creations
Story – screenplay – direction: Krishna Vamsi
Shashirekha Parinayam belongs to the genre of Road Romance films like Raj Kapoor’s Chori Chori, Gregory Peck’s Roman Holiday, Frank Capra’s It happened One Night, Mahesh Bhatt’s Dil Hai Ki Mantha Nahin and Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met.
Shashirekha Parinayam is not inspired any of the above films in content, but only belongs to their genre. The road journey of the protagonists in this film is a metaphor for their journey together in life as partners.
The marriage of Sasirekha (Genelia) has been suddenly fixed by her father (Ahuti Prasad) without giving any chance to her at least to know who her life-partner would be. She becomes aware that her marriage has been fixed with a rich NRI and she also learns that the prospective father-in-law desires a big chunk of money as dowry.
Hours before her marriage, she runs away from the wedding venue in Amalapuram ostensibly to go to her friend in Hyderabad. As her people have been searching for her at the Railway station and bus station, she seeks the help of Anand (Tarun) and goes away with him on a motor-bike.
Their journey begins. After xenophobic apprehensions and valid misunderstandings, Sasirekha and Anand continue their journey.
The rest of the story deals with the journey of the protagonists and the climax is reached with some unexpected turns and twists.
Genelia has come out with a good performance and she maintains her own ebullient way. As the story is told from the female protagonist point of view, she had ample opportunity to showcase her thespian repertoire.
Tarun is his usual carefree self, but with meaningful restraint as per the demands of his role. He emotes well in the pivotal scenes. Ahuti Prasad and Parachuri Gopala Krishna give convincing performances.
Subbaraju, Raghubabu and MS Narayana acquit themselves well in their roles. All others are adequate.
This is a story where a young woman struggles to assert her rights as per the demands of her mind and heart. Being a Road Romance film, the story and screenplay will not offer any dramatic episodes. However, some scenes have been conceived and executed well such as the interval bang and the pre-cilmax revelations. But, somehow, the stamp of the unique style of Krishna Vamsi is missing.
The music and lyrics are good, though a couple of songs hinder the flow of narration. The cinematography is good. The dialogues can afford to have some pep and wit. Sometimes they are longwinded too. The editing and audiography has not helped to enhance the overall appeal of the film.
Shashirekha Parinayam is an unplanned journey of the hero and heroine into the unknown frontiers of life and into the indefinable realms of love and togetherness.
In spit of some contrived situations and some predictable incidents, Shashirekha Parinayam has enough of refreshing entertainment values that appeal to one and all.
This is a family saga spearheaded by the female protagonist who would go all out to assert her will in matters concerning her life.
We can travel along with Genelia and Tarun on the route marked by Krishna Vamsi.
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar