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“Hanu Man,” the latest film from director Prasanth Varma, is a captivating entertainer that perfectly integrates drama, emotions, VFX, and mythology. The ambitious story is filled with goosebump-inducing moments, culminating in an amazing finale that captivates viewers. T
The performances in “HanuMan” are outstanding, with Teja Sajja delivering a believable depiction that anchors the plot. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar creates an unforgettable imprint, while Vinay Rai plays with a terrifying intensity. In excellent form, Samuthirakani adds another layer of brilliance to the ensemble cast. However, despite producing an excellent performance, Vennela Kishore is given insufficient screen time.
Hanu Man Plot
Hanumanthu (Teja Sajja) is a streetwise young guy from Anjanadhri, a village haunted by the evil Gajapathi (Raj Deepak Shetty). He juggles caring for his devoted sister, Anjamma (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), and stealing to make ends meet, all while passionately in love with the lively Meenakshi (Amritha Aiyer).
Gajapathi poses as Anjanadhri’s defender against bandits while secretly manipulating their lives. Sparks ignite when Meenakshi fearlessly defies his dictatorship, placing her in risk. Caught in the crossfire, Hanumanthu discovers a hidden power that changes his life in an instant.
However, great power comes with great responsibility. Will Hanumanthu, our former thief, embrace his newfound abilities and become the champion Anjanadhri so desperately needs? Can he decipher the mysteries of the mystical stone and reach his full potential? And how does the mysterious Micheal (Vinay Rai) fit into this incredible puzzle?
Hanu Man Review
Unlike other contemporary film adaptations of Indian mythology, such as Adipurush and Ram Setu, HanuMan does not seek spectacular spectacle. Instead, it provides a straightforward story laced with known aspects from the Ramayana and different Hanuman mythology. Director Prasanth Varma expertly ties these threads together, resulting in a drama that pays homage to the original material while remaining fresh and interesting.
To be clear, HanuMan isn’t just a religious film, despite the impassioned chanting of Jai Shri Ram and lyrics influenced by popular bhajans. Instead, it emerges as a superhero story that deftly blends mythology and religious components with parts of science and spirituality. The references are effortlessly integrated, with tributes to pop culture figures such as Spider-Man, Superman, Baahubali, Pushpa, and Rajinikanth’s iconic superhero persona. The film emanates self-awareness, occasionally humorous breaching of the fourth wall, delivering an engaging and delightful viewing experience.
Sensitivity and reverence characterize Varma’s approach. He avoids grandiose interpretations in favor of a subtle portrayal that captures the essence of Hanuman’s character and actions without being too respectful. This balanced approach enables him to create a riveting story that touches the audience emotionally and spiritually.
Hanu Man carves its own way in the terrain of legendary cinema by emphasising character and narrative over visual grandeur. It’s a grounded yet compelling look at faith, heroism, and the lingering legacy of legends.
HanuMan is a great starting point for Prasanth Varma, a filmmaker known for his experimental filmmaking or, at the very least, a predilection for dabbling in several genres. The film is the first installment in a franchise, and if it is successful, the filmmaker will have more leeway in terms of scale and finance. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what else he has in store for us following this.