C/O Sairabanu Movie Review
Rating :- 3/5 Reviewed by: Deepa Soman Site: TimesOfIndia
Being a single parent is no cakewalk, that too when the kids hit their teens and nurture the dreams of being free birds. The first half of the film establishes the kind of relationship between Saira and Joshua, and their unique story, which is a refreshing plot. There are a few aww moments that make your heart beat for both of them. In her comeback film, Amala Akkineni impresses by mouthing some lengthy Malayalam dialogues, that too in the scenes of court room proceedings. The film is worth a watch if you want to see how Amala Akkineni fares in her comeback movie, and catch an emotional tale about wonder moms.
Rating :- 2.5/5 Reviewed by: Manoj Kumar R Site: IndianExpress
“No fictional story carries half of the drama happening in real life,” one of the key characters tells his granddaughter while narrating the complex life story of Saira Banu (Manju Warrier). Director Antony Sony’s debut film packs some neat performances and enough surprises to keep the audience hooked to the story. With no basic degree or legal knowledge, Banu sets off to fight a battle where she stands zero chance of winning. C/O Saira Banu, indeed, has an interesting story, heart-warming performances, humour and surprises but most of these elements work in parts. However, you won’t regret watching this film.
Rating :- 3/5 Reviewed by: DeccanChronicle Team Site: DeccanChronicle
Predictable feels lousy. It is a wonder how sometimes newness can be created through little gestures. The film’s biggest announcement was the comeback of actor Amala Akkineni, after 25 years. She becomes the righteous advocate Annie, mature and serious, a world away from the perky young girl we have seen in Ulladakkam or Ente Sooryaputhri. The film takes tiny digs at insincere government staff, communal upper caste, moral policing, but all of it becoming vital for the rest of the script, not a diversion. Antony Sony, first time director, who has earlier made a short film with Shaan, looks promising.
Rating :- 3/5 Reviewed by: C. Ragesh Site: ManoramaOnline
If C/O Saira Banu, the curious title of Antony Sony’s directorial debut, had invoked in you memories of the sensational Shayara Bano case going on in the Supreme Court, you were right for one reason. The film picks up pace and offers some moments of anxiety when Bano becomes compelled to explore all options to help Joshua out of the clutches of the law. Biju delivers his maximum as advocate Subrahmanian, a character shaped for comic relief and as a crucial aid of the protagonist during her crisis. The adventures of Saira Bano may not meet with your expectations if you have kept them very high. It’s a one-time watch with a novel theme and some neat performances for sure.
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