SMMH, a masterpiece from the creative mind of writer-director Raj B Shetty, stands as a testament to the power of nuanced writing and subtle acting. The film skillfully navigates conversations about death and the afterlife, weaving a narrative that gradually, yet profoundly, impacts its audience.
At its heart, SMMH is the story of Prerana (Siri Ravikumar), a counselor working in a hospice. Her life is a repetitive cycle of attending to dying patients, a routine that she has grown accustomed to. Amidst this backdrop of constant loss, her personal life is equally static—married to a busy husband, Sagar, and aware of his infidelity, Prerana chooses passive acceptance over confrontation.
The film takes a turn with the arrival of Aniketh (Raj B Shetty), a patient with gastrointestinal cancer. An unexpected and tender love blossoms between Prerana and Aniketh, bringing a ray of light into her monotonous existence.
SMMH excels in its screenplay and performances. Raj B Shetty, both as the writer and playing Aniketh, delivers a performance that’s both charming and profound. He infuses life into Prerana’s world, which is devoid of it. Siri Ravikumar, as Prerana, is equally captivating. She portrays a character who is emotionally numb but gradually learns to embrace life again. Her transformation, subtly symbolized through the color pink, is portrayed with remarkable depth and maturity.
Supporting characters like Prabhakara (JP Tumminadu), Dr. Manu (Balaji Manohar), and Prerana’s mother (Rekha Kudlagi) add depth to the central narrative. The film’s brilliance lies in its ability to dive straight into the story without unnecessary exposition, creating a narrative that is both direct and impactful.
SMMH is also a triumph in its technical aspects. Composer Midhun Mukunda’s background score perfectly complements the film’s contemplative nature, while editor-cinematographer Praveen Shriyan captures the essence of the story through beautifully crafted scenes. The camera work is a visual treat, enhancing the film’s emotional depth.
This movie is more than just a story; it’s an experience that encourages viewers to reflect on the joy of living, the inevitability of death, and the continuing life of those left behind. SMMH is a journey that moves at its own deliberate pace, inviting its audience to ponder deeply about life’s greatest paradoxes.
⭐⭐⭐⭐½ (4.5/5 Stars)