My Name is Shruthi is a crime thriller that stars Hansika Motwani as the main lead. The film is based on the skin mafia and also has Murali Sharma and Prema in key roles.
A poster for My Name is Shruthi
My Name is Shruthi Story
Shruthi (Hansika Motwani) works for an ad agency and is in love with Charan (Sai Tej). Things take a turn for the worst when she kills Charan and hides his body in her bathtub. The moment she returns from work, Charan's body goes missing, and instead, a girl named Anu (Pooja Ramachandran) is found dead. This crazy incident changes Shruthi's life, and in this process, she gets entangled in the skin mafia, which is ruled by Gurumurthy (Naren). The rest of the story is about how Shruthi embarks on a life-saving journey and also exposes the deadly skin mafia.
My Name is Shruthi Review
My Name is Shruthi deals with a novel subject that has not been explored in Telugu films. The thriller deals with the skin mafia and how a few big names use skin grafting to make big bucks. The setting is apt and showcases an innocent girl played by Hansika getting trapped in the mess and how she exposes the ones behind it.
Debut director Srinivas Omkhar starts the film on a very interesting note and showcases how the skin mafia operates. Once that happens, there is a dip in the proceedings as some unnecessary characters are introduced that bore the audience. One gets the feeling that to create more suspense in the proceedings, the director added more characters, but it dilutes the film.
My Name is Shruthi could have been a great outing if not for the boring subplots. There was no need to go so deep into these subplots, which sidetracked the film. Also, a boring mid-portion of the first half should have been edited out to make the proceedings crisp. The editing could have been a lot better in this crime thriller.
However, things change, and the pace picks up from pre-interval when the audience is treated to an interesting interval bang. The second half also starts on a proper note, and this time, the director showcases his talent as the twists and turns showcased are quite good, keeping audiences on their toes. There are several scenes that build suspense in the proceedings to find out who the killer is.
Hansika Motwani gets a makeover with My Name is Shruthi and she shoulders the film in an impressive manner. She has improved vastly as an actor and speaks powerful dialogues with ease. Naren is good in his role, and Raja Ravindra is adequate in a key role. Pooja Ramachandran is amazing as a drug peddler in the film. Comedian Praveen gets a good role and gives ample support to the proceedings. Murali Sharma as a cop seems repetitive.
One of the best aspects of the film is when scenes about the skin mafia are showcased in detail. Mark K Robin's background score creates a significant impact, enhancing the overall cinematic experience. Kishore Boyidapu and Durga Kishore Kumar's cinematography provides captivating visuals, presenting the proceedings in an appealing manner. The dialogues are good, but the dubbing and lip sync are not up to par.
My Name is Shruthi starts as a film about the skin mafia but ends as a murder mystery with a slightly predictable screenplay. Still, debut director Srinivas manages to hold viewers' attention in the second half. If he had handled the initial portions of the film with more panache, the output would have been something else altogether.
My Name is Shruthi Verdict
On the whole, My Name is Shruthi has a very interesting backdrop of skin mafia. The initial portions are boring, and unnecessary characters deviate from the proceedings. But once the second half starts, the film has multiple thrills that hold our attention till the end and make this film a passable watch this weekend.