Raju (Sharwanand) is a sinless thatayya bhaktha whose goodness is as mythical as Gautamiputra Satakarni’s valour. His grandparents Raghava Raju (Prakash Raj) and his wife (played by Jayasudha) too are known for goodness, but more than that they are known for missing their sons/daughter settled in US, Canada, and Australia.
When Jayasudha almost playfully (!) tells her husband that she will think of living with one of her children if they don’t make it to Athreyapuram this Sankranthi, the paragon of virtues that is Raghava Raju decides to tell his children something so shocking that they start immediately for India.
Among the relatives who visit them is, no prizes for guessing, Raju’s super-innocuous maradalu (Anupama Parameswaran as Nithya). Love blossoms.
All ends well, but not before the demystification of Raghava Raju’s shocking decision in a climax you always knew coming.
Shatamanam Bhavathi is a feel good family drama, filled with thick emotions and nostalgic moments. Aimed at establishing happiest moments of NRI families when they visit parents and native places, this movie is bang on target.
It turns preachy, sentimental at times but for majority of the duration, movie is just cute. The esthetic visuals, melodious background score, realistic sensibilities, solid characterizations and perfect casting makes this movie a must watch for the families this season.