Anni Manchi Sakunamule Movie Review


Cast: Santosh Shobhan, Malavika Nair, Rajendra Prasad, Vennela Kishore, and others

Director: Nandini Reddy

Producer: Priyanka Dutt

Banner: Vyjayanthi Movies

Music: Mickey J Meyer

“Anni Manchi Sakunamule,” the latest film from the creators of “Mahanati,” “Jathi Ratnalu,” and “Seeta Ramam,” carries high expectations. The film’s unique promotional strategies have further heightened the anticipation and excitement surrounding it. Now, let’s explore whether Santosh Sobhan can break the spell, and if Nandini Reddy can replicate the success of “Oh Baby!.” Let’s delve into what worked and what didn’t in this regard.


Set in the captivating town of Victoriapuram, which derives its name from Queen Victoria’s historical association with coffee, “Anni Manchi Sakunamule” follows the story of Rishi (Santosh Sobhan) and Arya (Malavika Nair), childhood sweethearts who become separated due to a long-standing legal conflict between their families over a coffee estate.

Rishi portrays a carefree and jovial attitude, while Arya shoulders various responsibilities and faces looming deadlines. The film explores their journey of falling in love, the obstacles that come between them, and their efforts to resolve the deep-rooted feud between their families.

Moreover, it uncovers the mysterious connection between Rishi and Arya’s family and the significant ties that bind Arya to Rishi’s family. “Anni Manchi Sakunamule” revolves around these intricate relationships and their impact on the lives of the protagonists.


Santosh Sobhan delivers a nuanced performance as Rishi, portraying a character with peculiar traits. On the surface, he appears unconcerned about others, but deep down, he genuinely cares for the people around him and their problems. Despite being an “average” guy, he manages to be intriguing and serves as a troubleshooter in various situations.

Malavika Nair shines in the author-backed role of Arya, whose characterization revolves around financial planning and assuming her family responsibilities, setting her apart.

Rajendra Prasad portrays a determined character who strives to win the legal case regarding the ownership of the coffee estate, upholding the promise he made to his father.

Rao Ramesh’s portrayal of Diwakar stands out with his notable performance, particularly during an emotionally charged moment in the film.

Naresh does justice to his character as a doctor and a compassionate Samaritan who assists those in need. His friendly rapport with his daughter is highlighted by their shared moments of drinking beer together. Sowcar Janaki’s role brings a refreshing touch to the film.

However, Vasuki’s role feels like mere filler, and her potential remains untapped. Vennela Kishore’s character fails to elicit laughter as intended. Gauthami delivers emotionally impactful moments and showcases her dancing skills in a wedding sequence.

The presence of numerous other characters in the film, who come and go, can be slightly confusing. Nevertheless, the lead characters’ performances carry the movie effectively, shouldering its overall impact.


  • Feel-good moments
  • Last 20 minutes
  • The strong cast and impressive production values


  • Slow-paced narration
  • Flat screenplay


Anni Manchi Sakunamule presents a straightforward and uncomplicated storyline. Writer-director Nandini Reddy heavily relies on family emotions and drama, but unfortunately, the film falls short of executing these elements convincingly.

The portrayal of emotions feels artificial and the inclusion of forced drama hampers the overall viewing experience, failing to engage the audience effectively. The scenes lack freshness and fail to leave a lasting impact on the viewers. Throughout the film, there are nostalgic moments that draw comparisons to Allu Arjun and Trivikram’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, although the conflict in Anni Manchi Sakunamule revolves around a family feud.

The first half of the film feels flat and includes several unremarkable scenes that seem like time-fillers. The friction between Rishi and Arya in the pre-interval sequence fails to create the expected impact. Even the moment where Arya realizes Rishi’s love in the latter half feels clichéd and lacks originality, as it has been seen in numerous older films.

The romantic aspect between the lead pair is lacking, resulting in a void in the storytelling. The constant references to the legal battle for the coffee estate remain vague, as the filmmaker doesn’t provide a clear explanation of the conflict.

The success of Arya and Rishi in their careers lacks convincing development, as it is merely mentioned without exploring the specifics. Nandini Reddy takes cinematic liberties that strain believability. Although the film has the potential for further exploration and enhancement, it ultimately falls short of expectations.

The screenplay lacks twists or surprises, following a predictable and familiar path that leaves little room for audience engagement. The slow-paced narration tests the audience’s patience and lacks the magic and charm found in Nandini Reddy’s earlier work, Ala Modalaindi.

However, the film manages to redeem itself to some extent with its soulful and genuine approach. The feel-good factor appeals to viewers, and the competent cast and solid production values enhance the overall experience. The final twenty minutes of the film serve as a saving grace, with Rao Ramesh’s emotional breakdown at a crucial juncture making a notable difference.

However, it raises the question of whether one good sequence is sufficient to redeem an entire film, and opinions on this may vary among individual viewers. Anni Manchi Sakunamule may not appeal to everyone, as it specifically caters to a subset of “class” audiences who appreciate family emotions and melodrama.


Nandini Reddy’s writing style often leans towards simplicity, but it tends to incorporate a surplus of characters. While her reliance on emotion and drama occasionally pays off, the slow-paced narration can make the overall experience a bit dull. Nevertheless, the visuals are visually appealing, resembling eye candy, and the music by Mickey J Meyer adds a touch of enchantment. The film’s commendable production values are worth mentioning.