Honeymoon, the brand new six-part Telugu comedy sequence on Aha, begins the place most rom-coms finish. A marriage has taken place and we enter the auditorium when the decorations are being taken down. Tejaswini (Sanjana Anand) and Praveen (Nagabhushana), the newly-weds, pose awkwardly as an over-eager photographer retains them from collaborating in the whole lot that follows that precise rituals of the marriage. It’s evident from this awkwardness that each Tejaswini and Praveen don’t know one another too nicely. Praveen is nervous and pleasing whereas Tejaswini stays cheerful however distant. Greater than a pair, they appear extra like acquaintances who’ve nearly added one another on Instagram.
In time, we study extra about their variations. Theirs is an old school organized marriage. For Praveen, Tejaswini is the sixth lady he met earlier than saying sure. Tejaswini, although, has misplaced rely of what number of males she met earlier than Praveen. Praveen is from a small-town, whereas the extra fashionable Tejaswini grew up within the metropolis. However, for Praveen, emotional compatibility isn’t actually the speedy concern.
His wedding-day nervousness is principally the results of an absence of ‘expertise’. Name it small-town mentality like Tejaswini does, or his naïveté, however Praveen is extra apprehensive in regards to the first night time than about spending a lifetime with a stranger. The 28-year-old tells his spouse that he’s a virgin, however this isn’t precisely information to her. They discuss for some time however it’s extra to themselves than to one another. However can this distance be diminished with a visit to a faraway land, away from family and friends?
Honeymoon is a lighthearted sequence that begins with the ambitions of a intercourse comedy. So long as we see this couple by means of the eyes of Praveen, it appears like there’s nothing extra to a wedding than intercourse. Like how Maara’s single-minded willpower led him to realize his dream of beginning his personal airline in Soorarai Pottru, it seems that Honeymoon too is a sequence of obstacles Praveen should overcome to lastly ‘unite’ along with his spouse.
These obstacles range between one thing as foolish as misplacing his pack of condoms to delays attributable to a cleansing woman who refuses to go away their resort room. We sense a sample in the way in which issues unfold, and there’s quite a lot of redundancy in the way in which they arrive so near ‘doing it’ earlier than nothing occurs, but once more.
However as we proceed, and fairly cleverly, we really feel the present altering its priorities. From the stranger that Tejaswini was, we slowly begin understanding extra. She turns into an actual individual and, out of the blue, the thought of this honeymoon begins altering for Praveen as nicely. In a way, this isn’t merely a journey from Hyderabad to Kerala for this newly-wed couple. It traces the space this couple covers collectively, from Praveen calling her Tejaswini at first to easily ‘Teju’ in direction of the tip.
The writing right here actually surprises. The present’s largest battle includes Praveen having to cope with Tejaswini’s previous. There’s no judgment; the present doesn’t take an ethical stand both. Via the emasculation Praveen feels, we see his coming-of-age from a narrow-minded boy to a worthy companion.
However this degree of perceptive writing will not be constant. There are stretches that really feel like hurriedly shot first drafts. Early on, we get a shot of Tejaswini returning all her jewelry, as a result of it was apparently taken on hire. Now that is fairly a robust picture, given the context of an organized marriage. But, it’s deserted with out a proof, though it by no means looks like Tejaswini or her household is wanting cash. Even Praveen’s stinginess is merely said by means of dialogue, like a personality trait, however it doesn’t add something to our understanding of him. And, for a present set in 2020, one feels a have to to know why Tejaswini and Praveen know so little about one another earlier than getting married.
Even the present appears far too stretched out to maintain us engaged all through. With particular person episodes getting damaged all the way down to cope with one particular subject, it appears like there are too many montages and an excessive amount of lifeless air, with nothing taking place for round 10 minutes within the episode that really issues. Which is why, the present works finest as ambient viewing reasonably than an engrossing tackle a contemporary organized marriage. Held collectively by Nagabhushana’s promising efficiency, Honeymoon is at finest a lazy watch with a couple of good laughs, however nothing extra.