Movie: Thanks brother!
Cast: Anasuya Bharadwaj, Viraj Ashwin, Annapurnamma, Kadambari Kiran, Mounika Reddy and others
Music: Use Balasubramanian
Cinematography: Suresh ragutu
Editor: Uday Kumar, Venkat G
Art: Purushotham Prem
Producers: Magunta Sarath Chandra Reddy, Taraknath Bommi Reddy
Written and direction: Ramesh Raparthi
Publication date: May 7, 2021
Streaming on: Aha video
The second wave of COVID-19 has brought the theater world to a standstill. The first movie to have a direct OTT release this season is Anasuya starrer “Thank You Brother”. It is now streaming on Aha Video.
The film follows two strangers who get stuck in an elevator in a building. One is a pregnant woman and the other is a young man. Priya (Anasuya) is expecting her first child with her husband who has recently passed away. Priya goes to an apartment to pick up a check from her husband’s factory manager. Abhi (Viraj Ashwin), a richly spoiled brat, comes to the same apartment for work.
Both are stuck in the stuck elevator.
With city lockdown due to COVID-19, the elevator mechanic is not readily available to rescue them. Meanwhile, pregnant Priya gives birth. Will they survive when time is ticking? What will Abhi do to save the mother and child?
For a movie with only 100 minutes of running time, “Thank You Brother” feels longer because it has a wafer-thin story.
The plot is undoubtedly a bit fresh, since we don’t often see such ‘lift thrillers’. Hollywood has given out many thrillers based on the theme of people trapped in an elevator. “Thank you brother” with Anasuya Bharadwaj would be the first in Telugu.
Despite having a not-so-regular plot, the film suffers from its lethargic narration. Rather than focusing on the main point of people getting stuck in the elevator and their rescue mission, the director uses flashbacks to focus on Viraj Ashwin’s flamboyant lifestyle, his impertinent behavior, and the troubles with his mother. He also cuts to a flashback of Anasuya’s married life with her husband with song. With little regard for the real point, the film turns out to be a bleak thriller.
It also fails to get the basics of character development right. In addition, “Thank you brother” lacks any kind of tension that is essential to these thrillers. The 40 minutes of Viraj’s backstory is so boring.
Speaking of performances, Anasuya as a pregnant lady is appropriate. She puts in a strong performance. Viraj Ashwin is a good fit for the role of a spoiled brat, but his acting is not convincing at all. Viva Harsha and other comedians don’t put anything on the plate.
The cameraman stands out among the technicians. The claustrophobic lift sequences are well recorded.
Director Ramesh Raparthi’s weak narration makes it a boring watch despite a relatively new story.