Brothers Achyutha Rama Rao (Nara Rohith) and Anand Vardhana Rao (Naga Shaurya) are happily married to wives Kalpana and Priya. An argument between the brothers reveals their history with Jyothsna aka Jyo (Regina Cassandra) and what leads to the spoilt relation between them.
With Oohalu Gusagusalade, actor-director Srinivas Avasarala brought in his own band of light-hearted cinema with ample slice-of-life moments that even if it was a long time before he announced his second film, the news did raise a lot of curiousity. Would he take the freshness to another level? Would we still relate to the new film the way we did the first time? Will we still get that dose of emotions and fun? Ah, the time is here and all the questions have been answered.
And you might be wondering what our response is. Well, let us tell you we are sadly in two minds about this one because director Srinivas Avasarala does two things - while he leaves you mesmerised with a fun-filled, breezy first half, the latter part of the film becomes slow, stretches endlessly and makes you feel like you are watching paint dry.
As much as the promos might suggest that this is a love triangle, the truth is that the film is more of an emotional story of bromance, a story of two brothers Achyuth (Nara Rohith) and Anand (Naga Shaurya) rediscovering their love for each other with Jyo acting as a catalyst to make their bond stronger. No wonder, she's the reason their bond breaks and a reason it becomes stronger than ever. And in the entirety, we connect because the chemistry of the two lead actors is quite sizzling, while Regina complements them with panache.
At the outset, the film is a very refreshing take on brotherhood, with traces of Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu here and there (in fact, a reference to this is made in the film but surprisingly, it features in an episode which is happening in 2011 while the film actually released in 2013!) but it is the treatment which disappoints.
From the start, you begin to enjoy the fact that every emotion is felt by you too. It is the normalcy of the proceedings that works a great deal. A middleclass household, two brothers as different as chalk and cheese, a family photo and many more such moments will feel like they've come right out of your life. It is extremely appealing how Avasarala uses some witty one-liners to keep us entertained. A sample: In an instance, one of the brothers says that they are a rare combination of Raavana and Lakshmana. A hilarious sequence featuring two duplicate love letters, the intelligent use of Buchi Babu's Chivariki Migiledi are the moments that leave a mark and make you want to look forward to what's next!
But the later part suddenly begins to slow down. Pavani and Rajeshwari come in as the only breath of fresh air with their believable innocence while Jyo becomes more of a shadow (maybe that was the intention but it's not delivered well). The mood and interest that is built up by the first half is wasted in the second half with what seem like repetitive scenes. For a film running for a short span of just 126 minutes, the film seems way longer.
The soothing music by Kalyana Ramana and the visualistic splendour created by Venkat C Dileep do make up for it all to an extent.
However, Jyo Achyuthananda is the kind of film that will leave you with a good feeling. Riding high on emotions and relying on the performances of its actors, it is the eventual lack of clarity in narration does a wee bit of damage.