Hanu Raghavapudi’s Sita Ramam, a beautiful modern-day reimagining of the classic Rama-Sita story, is a film that can make even those who are not fans of love stories have a change of heart. With its captivating visuals, soulful music and a moving story of love set against rising tensions between India and Pakistan in the 1960s, Sita Ramam’s heart is in the right place and her message about love and humanity over war is quite effective. explains in a way. It’s the kind of film that assures that grand romantic stories can never go out of fashion. Read also: Sita Ramam Trailer: Dulquer Salmaan plays Ram in this epic romantic story
The year is 1964. Our story begins in Kashmir, when Pakistan is setting its eyes on Kashmir. The militants have already planned the infiltration. As tensions rise between India and Pakistan, we are introduced to Lieutenant Ram (Dulquer Salmaan), a national hero who has recently saved the lives of many Kashmiri Muslims. As he revealed in an interview to All India Radio that he has no family ties, people from all over the country write letters to Ram. Overnight he moves from an orphan to a man with a large family spread across the country.
One such letter comes from a person named Sita, who writes without revealing her address. We see how Rama falls in love with Sita and when he finds a clue in one of Sita’s letters, he sets out on a journey to find her. The story moves forward 20 years as we see Aafreen (Rashmika Mandanna), trying to find Sita to hand over a letter written to her by Ram. As Afreen sets out to trace Sita’s whereabouts, she learns about the love story and Ram and Sita through some people who were very close to her. What happened to Ram and Sita and why they haven’t been in touch for 20 years is the rest of the story.
If Ramayana was about Sita’s search after being taken captive by Ravana, then this modern story of Rama and Sita is about Rama’s search. This love story Jitti Dil Se Hai has an inherent element of suspense which is maintained very well throughout the film. It is effectively resolved in the end. It is not a simple love story, but tries to convey its message about choosing humanity over religion, borders and countries, without any redundancies. The way the India-Pakistan conflict has been handled with sensitivity, the film and the writing should be appreciated. It is one of the more mature representations of tensions that have continued between countries for decades.
The lead roles play a very important role in making the audience root for the characters of Dulquer and Mrunal Thakur. As the film reaches the end, you are curious to know what happened to Ram. Both Dulquer and Murnal are brilliant in their respective roles and the chemistry they share really makes the scenes between them feel alive on screen. Rashmika plays a very interesting character and she is not your quintessential heroine. This is a character who goes through a transformation which is well illustrated by his performance.
Vishal Chandrasekhar’s musical score is the soul of the film and if not for the great track, it would have been a lifeless tale of love. The visuals make Sita Ramam a big screen spectacle and one that lives up to the hype in every frame.
the director: Hanu Raghavpudi
Throw: Dulquer Salmaan, Mrunal Thakur, Rashmika Mandanna, Sumant, Gautam Menon