The art of writing a family drama isn’t simple. Especially if your story has all emotions in it. This is exactly what Srikanth Addala’s ‘Brahmotsavam’ tried to do. The writer through his story wanted to convey the essence of life and honestly, this story could have done it.
However, Srikanth Addala’s ‘Brahmotsavam’ is filled with so many characters that many of them did not even serve a single purpose meaning their existence wasn’t important. Then why did Srikanth Addala create so many characters? Because his story is based on a huge united family but I suppose that this united family in the director’s imagination is a single entity rather than so many individuals. So when a huge family is considered as a single entity, what happens is that the members of this specific family serve no individual purpose.
Let’s assume that every one of us considers the family to be a single entity just like Srikanth Addala did. Then will ‘Brahmotsavam’ story make sense? Unfortunately, no. This is because even after letting go of some characters without paying attention, ‘Brahmotsavam’ isn’t complete. Many elements shown in the film are not interrelated since scenes in the film do not follow a sequence and new characters keep popping up now and then. This leaves the audiences the task of connecting the dots using their imagination. If they do not connect the dots, the audiences are confused!
So if characters were given a proper introduction, if the necessary context for every scene is established and if the story is written cautiously, will ‘Brahmotsavam’ work? Yes. It might have been a decent thought-provoking story. However with scenes jumbled, dialogues being ambiguous and a few characters brought in for no specific reason, Srikanth Addala’s ‘Brahmotsavam’ failed in conveying its main purpose and it is unfortunate as the story’s motivation was fascinating.