An aspiring writer aspires to greatness or at the very least, renown one day. A dramatic surprise occurs when he falls in love with someone who appreciates his art.
The film Writer Padmabhushan, directed by Shanmukha Prasanth, tells more than one story. On the surface, it appears to be a coming-of-age story about a young man struggling to believe in himself, but as the film progresses, the layers are peeled back and significant social commentary is made.
Padmabhushan (Suhas), a writer from Vijayawada, already has a title to his name. He want to be as great as Sri Sri or Gurujada Apparao. The only snag? No one appears to be interested in reading his book. He doesn’t even want money for it; all he wants is for someone to read it at his best friend’s bar or to take the free sample he put on their bike in the parking lot.
He is plucked from obscurity one bright day. Sarika (Tina Shilparaj) and her father (Goparaju Ramana) are ardent supporters of his work. She is so smitten with him that she wishes to marry him. However, there is a twist in the story.
Anything more would be an injustice because it must be shown on-screen. While some of the plot twists are predictable as the film unfolds, you never know what lunacy Prasanth will unleash next on Padmabhushan and you.
Following are some amusing moments, particularly in the second half, and the film concludes on a familiar, predictable (if you’ve been paying attention), yet heart-warming note, leaving you with a smile on your face.
Padmabhushan devotes the majority of his attention to the titular character. The more you learn about his peculiarities, especially when it comes to dating, the more you like him. While you may not understand his struggle to find the motivation to write again, you will undoubtedly relate to his romantic tendencies.
One of the film’s highlights is his beautiful relationship with his parents, Madhusudhan Rao (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Saraswati (Rohini). And, while scenes with Kanna (Gowri Priya) are amusing, they aren’t as successful as Padmabhushan’s relationship with the rest of the group.
Venkat R Shakamuri’s cinematography is personal, however Sekhar Chandra’s songs don’t always work, lengthening the film. Suhas is a joy to be around and does his job admirably. While he gets to show off his abilities, it’s the relaxed manner in which he delivers his dialogues that sticks with you.
The performances of Ashish and Rohini elevate the film, as does the film’s examination of their characters’ relationship. Tina is charming, and Goparaju is as trustworthy as ever. The rest of the cast does an excellent job as well.