I Love You Bangaram

The film directed by debutant Govi starring Rahul, Shravya deals with the plot of an insecure husband and a trapped wife . It tells the story of a relationship between an insecure husband and a boisterous wife ad takes a twist and breaks into many sub plots. I Love You Bangaram is just not a love story, it takes pot shots on software employees, portrays them as cheap, sexual maniacs, whose only goal in life is to switch partners. Aakash ( played by Rahul) cannot withstand that feeling that his wife meenakshi ( played by Shravya) could be cheating on him. He keeps tabs on her, trails her and gets close to being caught. In the introduction itself, a voice-over narrates the nature of Aakash. He is described as being falling into the category of those who feel insecure as a result of which they are always suspicious of people or their surroundings.

The first part of the story shows how the lead pair Aakash and Meenakshi fall in love and gets married against their parent’s wish. The two families are at loggerhead due to political reasons. The trivia surrounding the parents is totally insane forming a different plot altogether. The entire first half of the film shows the couple riding high on hormones and next the philandering heroine falling off from an apartment window. In the next half, the director brings in Madan (Rajeev) who causes a rift and acts as a catalyst to the climax. The bespectacled suspicious husband intensifies the situation, while the rest of the script focuses on why the woman is cheating on her husband and what exactly the director wants to convey through these complicated characters. The story is clearly targeted at youth, the attraction being the sexual innuendos, ill fitting and cheap costumes of the heroine. And the problem begins for Akash a year after his first wedding anniversary.
To his shock one day, he finds his wife, who was supposed to be going to office, sitting in a car with another guy and happy in his company. On another occasion, he sees them give a friendly hug. And later, he can overhear conversations on the phone which appear romantic.
A courier delivers a packet of photographs of Meenakshi but the issue between them is who did she pose for? Meenakshi does not recollect posing for such pictures at all. Aakash’s suspicion grows stronger. Meenakshi’s behaviour becomes even odder.

A ‘bad man’ becomes the centre of the climax of the movie and it ends well with Aakash apologising to Meenakshi for being suspicious about her. It is here that the director exposes himself. If Aakash had not been suspicious of his wife and followed her, the villain would most definitely have killed her. He comes to her rescue at the right time. Well then, why does he have apologise to her? Makes no sense. It is another matter that she is not involved in an affair with anyone else but considering all that he was seeing and hearing, Aakash behaved in a perfectly normal way. On the contrary, Meenakshi not taking her husband into confidence in a critical time, was not the appropriate thing to do.

Newcomer Govi brings in too many points into his story and you are at loss to understand where the film is leading to. This film tags another well known banner Creative Commercials (K.S.Rama Rao’s) to hit a new low in Telugu cinema. Dialogues are obscene, it’s sad that Govi had to begin his career this way. Rajiv Salur who impressed audiences with Chinni Chinni Aasa fails to register his presence.

Forget Rahul’s appearance and acting, his voice is squeaky; the heroine looks awkward in the costumes. However one must give her credit for being comfortable before the camera in such a role in her debut film. One reason you sit through the story is the cinematography, music is okay.

Making films within a budget is fine, but the director has crammed in too many points: parents fighting over statues of ancestors being installed in different areas, a love story, excessive focus on conjugal life, crazy and a suspicious husband, a villain who gets a reasonably sufficient space to establish his character, software employees etc. Finally the heroine who falls from an umpteenth floor of an apartment, with blood oozing out from her skull recovers with a simple bandage in the hospital and speaks comfortably on her cell phone as if nothing had happened.