The historical play, originally written and performed in Telugu by Hanu Raghavapudi, has recently made its way back into theaters with a Hindi dub. Between 1960 and 1980, when Sita Ramam takes place, snail mail, steam engines, and a willingness to suspend disbelief were everyday things.
Sita Ramam is a beautifully produced and self-consciously epic romance in which lovers try to be together against the backdrop of historic events. It is Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra’s take on the Hollywood classic Roman Holiday, with a hint to the present Hindu-Muslim tensions in India.
In the year 1985, Afreen, a Pakistani citizen played by Rashmika Mandanna, travels to India at the request of her grandfather, Tariq, played by Sachin Khedekar, to deliver an unposted letter from Ram to Sita, the woman he loved most in the world. The way Afreen’s inheritance is split depends on whether she finds Ram, Sita, or both of them.
The letter is the culmination of a love tale that starts in 1965, when an Indian Army soldier named Ram (played by Dulquer Salmaan) protects a community in Kashmir from being attacked by Pakistan-backed militants all by himself. A lot of letters of praise, including passionate letters from Sitamahalakshmi, show up at Ram’s door (Mrunal Thakur).
Even though they haven’t seen each other yet, the charming young man is unable to resist Sita’s bold declaration that Ram is the man she wants to marry, in spite of the fact that they haven’t yet seen each other. When he eventually finds Sita, the chemistry between them is so strong that Ram immediately begins making wedding preparations. But there is something that is preventing Sita from moving forward, and it is a secret that is so fantastical that Raghavapudi needs to invent an alternative history to defend it.
This alternative history focuses on the rule of the Nizam in Hyderabad, the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and the complicated issue of the relationship between Hindus and Muslims. The overly complicated screenplay that Raghavapudi wrote finds several different methods to sidestep the straightforward conundrum that lies at the centre of the plot. The narrative of the film jumps back and forth in time between the present, in which Afreen learns the truth about Sita and Ram, and the 1960s, when all it takes for two individuals to develop feelings for one another is a certain way with words.
After the break, Raghavapudi’s control over his premise, which tests the audience’s ability to believe, is significantly diminished. The cameos, which include Sumanth as Ram’s petty boss, Ashwath Bhatt as a militant from Pakistan who is a caricature of evil, Jishu Sengupta as Sita’s opportunistic brother, and Tarun Bhascker as Afreen’s local contact, detract from the primary relationship throughout the entire film. That is not a negative thing at all, considering that Dulquer Salmaan, who exudes charm, is an unfit match for Mr. Thakur in the character that is underwritten.
The film Sita Ramam stays afloat thanks to the camera-friendliness of Salmaan, the melodic lyrics written by Vishal Chandrashekhar, and Raghavapudi’s unmistakable genuineness. Although Raghavapudi reaches moments of poignancy in the later stages of his film and constructs some exquisite scenes between Ram and Sita, his film squanders its premise and promise as it drags on for a seat-warming 163 minutes. Sita Ramm is the kind of movie in which the characters withhold important information for as long as it takes to get to the climax of the story. This movie demonstrates that love isn’t just stupid but oftentimes blind.
Sita Raman Movie Reviews
Some Audience Reviews on Movie Sita Raman
1. Review by Akash,
Sita Raman is just a beautiful narrative of pure and powerful love, and yes, even if Sita and Rama don’t come together (physically) at the end, they are and will be together for all eternity because their love is divine and unending. There aren’t any other actors that could have filled the main cast roles like Dulquer Salman and Mr. Thakur did since they are so perfect and endearing. Hanu Raghavapudi, the film’s director and writer, deserves appreciation for tackling contentious topics like India and Pakistan as well as the relationship between Hindus and Muslims in such a skillful and untroubling way. When it comes to the music, I am pleased with Vishal Chandrashekhar for employing more of a classical and contemporary approach, which does, in fact, suit it. The movie hasn’t been a muddle at all because the chronology of the many events that are taking place is nicely structured.
Sita and Ram would always have a special place in my heart, and if I found myself falling in love with another person, I would make it a point to hunt for someone who could give me the same kind of unending, passionate love that Sita and Ram had.
2. Review by Rohit
Someone, who may have gone on to compose screenplays for movies, once declared that love is blind. In Sita Ramam, love also acts in a foolish manner.
In a nutshell, you can’t help but fall in love with Ram and Sita (though the film’s title is Sitaramam). Ram shows many different feelings throughout the movie, from innocence to cuteness to caring to pain and so on.
As an actor, Dulquer has come a long way, and during the course of the film, you will witness him in the role of Ram. His appearance on television will give you the impression that he is the Boy Next Door and that he is a member of your family. Rarely do we get to witness such astounding performances from actors of this calibre.
In the movie, Mr. Unal will include you in her trip and make you feel like a part of it. Until the very conclusion of the movie, you will remain on the road with her throughout the entirety of the story. One of the best performances I have ever seen, as well as the best she has ever given in any of her films.
Hanuraghavapudi, the film’s director, says that Genius Brain has written an incredible screenplay for this breathtaking love story.
A great deal of attention to detail was paid to the sarees, the costumes worn by Dulquer, the number plates on the cars, the interiors of the train, the appearance and atmosphere of an auditorium in the 1960s, and other aspects of the film.
3. Review by Sneha
To begin with, this is a movie that has stood the test of time and features outstanding work from its leading actors. Love is the central theme of the film, but not the romantic relationship between the typical hero and heroine; rather, it is love for humanity and for the film itself. I am writing this review with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes because I believe that every movie fan feels the same way.
She did the heavy lifting in this movie. Kudos to her. She nailed her character, and I hope she carries on with this type of acting in future projects. We know about Dulqer Salman’s acting and range of movies. but a real one Here is MRUNAL THAKUR, who carries and shows the variations in character. Here is MRUNAL THAKUR, who carries and shows the variations in character.
The maxim that “Music and Songs are Main Assets” is true for Sita Ramam as well as the others directed by Hanu Ragavapudi, who did an excellent job with those movies. A lot of people are arguing that the movie should be shortened by 20 minutes, but who loves the film and isn’t particularly interested in one genre but wants to investigate other genres? This is for you, sir.
Other casts did justice to their roles despite the limited amount of screen time they were given. Visuals are also fantastic, and I beg of you to encourage this type of genre. If we don’t do this, the people who are disturbing us will lose their money, and then our 100 or 200 rupees won’t mean nearly as much, and we won’t have done justice to what we’ve done. Therefore, by excluding both Rocketry and Republic Movies from your viewing schedule, the visuals are also fantastic, and I beg of you to encourage this type of genre. If we don’t do this, the people who are disturbing us will lose their money, and then our 100 or 200 rupees won’t mean nearly as much, and we won’t have done justice to what we’ve done. Therefore, by excluding both Rocketry and Republic Movies from your viewing schedule, you get not only comedic or commercial components, but also a chance to explore oneself through these kinds of films Finally, Mr. Mrunal Thakur takes a bow. Hats off to her acting. She actually makes us cry with her role and Dulqer Salman He is the real heir to his father, Mamooty, who became famous by finally going to see movies in theatres and making sure that cinema would live as long as the Earth did and people did.
Watching this film in a theatre is highly recommended, as it will almost certainly make you fall in love with both the film and, of course, Ram and Sita as well.