Sundaram Master: A Celebration of Simple Life & Rich Culture

Sundaram Master review

“Sundaram Master” emerges as a thought-provoking comedy-drama, directed by Kalyan Santhosh. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Paderu’s hills and its environs, the film offers a delightful cinematic journey. Harsha Chemudu and Divya Sripada lead a narrative rich in humor and storytelling, supported by a cast that includes Chaitanya, Balakrishna Neelakantapuram, Harsha Vardhan, Bhadri, and others. The movie serves as a poignant social commentary, juxtaposing two contrasting worldviews: one rooted in self-sufficiency and the other in greed.

Kalyan Santhosh explores an alternative world, free from modern-day complications, using comedy to narrate this drama. Harsha Chemudu takes the lead, excelling in both comedic timing and dramatic expression, portraying Sundaram’s commercial mindset and his transformative unburdening, which offers the audience relief and euphoria. The ensemble cast, including Divya Sripada as Myna, Chaitanya as Ojha, and Balakrishna Neelakantapuram as Peddayya, enrich the narrative with their performances.

The villagers’ attempts at speaking English and their interpretations of English spellings provide humorous moments in the film’s first half. The expression of freedom and ecstasy, highlighted by the emotionally charged song “Egise” sung by Javed Ali, as the entire village steps out to dance, creates a high point. The evocative musical score by Sricharan Pakala, alongside Deepak Yanragera’s adept cinematography and Karthik Vunnava’s editing, enhance the film’s appeal.

Despite its earnest attempt, the film would have benefited from a tighter narrative and a more impactful conclusion. “Sundaram Master” marries humor with heartfelt drama, showcasing the transformative journey of its protagonist against the serene beauty of agency. The film not only entertains but also invites reflection on the values that define our lives, making it a significant addition to the genre of comedy-drama. Despite narrative shortcomings, the movie’s strengths—performances, visuals, and soundtrack—make it a good-watch.