Movie: Dammunte Sommera
Director: Ram Bala
Producer: N Ramaswamy
Music: S Thaman
Cast: Santhanam, Shanaya
Release Date: 22nd June 2018
Rate: 3 /5
Dammunte Sommera is the dubbed Telugu version of Tamil movie Dhilluku Dhuddu. This is Santhanam’s third movie as hero. Shanaya is playing the love interest of Santhanam in this horror comedy movie, directed by Rambala. Karunas, Anandraj, Shanaya, Mottai Rajendran and Saurabh Shukla are playing the important roles. Natraj is presenting Dammunte Sommera under the banner of Sri Krishna. Let’s see the story line of Dammunte Sommera.
Story: Almost every horror film starts with a ‘haunted’ house, bunglow or mansion and Dammunte Sommera is no exception. The movie is a horror-comedy set in one such haunted house, in Sivankonda Mala, where a lady and her son were brutally killed by a Tibetan king. In order to drive away the ghost, Buddhist saints arrive at the haunted house and arrest the spirits in box. But unfortunately, the chief saint becomes unconscious and leave the box in the palace. Kumar (Santhanam), loves his classmate Kajal (Shanaya) but Kajal’s father (Saurabh Shukla) makes a plan to kill Kumar by inviting his entire family to the bungalow of Sivankonda Malai. Kajal’s father suggests that a haunted house in Sivankonda Malai as the wedding venue so that Kumar’s death would be believed as a ghost attack. What happens next? Form the rest of the story.
- Rajendran comedy
- Simple horror elements
- Tamil Nativity
Performance: Santhanam carries the film on his shoulders, with his antics and perfect timing. He has given his wonderful performance. Saurabh Shukla has also delivered a brilliant performance. Motta Rajendran and other supporting actors play their parts well. Shanaya became fail to impress the audiences. Karunas, TM Karthik, Anand Raj and others performed accordingly.
Technical: The storyline is Dammunte Sommera is simple. Deepak Kumar Padhy’s cinematography is top notch. The visuals give the eerie feel during night scenes, and pleasantness in daylight scenes whereas Karthik Raja’s background score aptly supports the film’s flow. Thaman’s songs are good but act as speed breakers. The dialogues are impressive. Horror movies like these need a good production design to make the audience believe that the house or palace is haunted. A.R.Mohan and his team have given their best. The editing is ok. The production values are good.
Analysis: The first half of Dammunte Sommera feels slow and boring, with some uninteresting romance portions. The real essence of horror and comedy comes in the second half. The director Ram Bala who is known for the Lollu Sabha spoof, has used all his strength in the second half of Dammunte Sommera and it has worked out well.