Ambajipeta Marriage Band review: This rural revenge drama is bolstered by strong performances from Sharanya, Nithin Prasanna, and Suhas

'Ambajipeta Marriage Band' is not the typical protagonist-winning-over-antagonist story, but it has proper drama set against the backdrop of Konaseema.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published:Feb 02, 2024

Ambajipeta Marriage Band is a quirky romantic-comedy tale

Ambajipeta Marriage Band (Telugu)

02-02-2024, Romantic-Comedy Drama, 2 hours 2 minutes U/A
  • Main Cast: Suhas, Shivani Nagaram, Sharanya Pradeep, Nithin Prasanna, Goparaju Ramana, Swarnakanth, Vinay Mahadev, and Jagadeesh Prathap Bandari
  • Director: Dushyanth Katikaneni
  • Producer: Dheeraj Mogilineni
  • Music Director: Sekhar Chandra
  • Cinematography: Wajid Baig



Suhas’ Color Photo (2022) caused a sensation in the OTT space. The film garnered widespread acclaim for Suhas’ stellar performance and won the National Award for Best Telugu Film, but not without its fair share of controversies.

Later, Writer Padma Bhushan (2023) became a topic of contention with conflicting opinions on its merits. While some praised it, others disapproved of it.

Now, the actor has attempted a similar underdog story of Ambajipeta Sivamani in his latest film Ambajipeta Marriage Band.

Produced by Dheeraj Mogilineni, the Telugu movie is directed by Dushyanth Katikaneni, who drew inspiration from his personal experiences and events in his hometown.

The story unfolds in the setting of Ambajipet, where the local marriage band takes centre stage.

Also Read: ‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’ will make you wonder how I played such an emotional character: Suhas


A poster of Suhas in Ambajipeta Marriage Band

A poster of Suhas in ‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’. (X)

Ambajipet, in 2007, is a quint Mandal cut off from the hustle and bustle of typical Godavari towns.

Venkat (Nithin Prasanna), a formidable landlord and financier in the village, holds sway over the majority of the villages in the Ambajipeta region. A majority of people rely on the loans taken from Venkat.

Mallikarjun (Suhas) plays a live band at weddings in his free time while practising his caste-based profession.

His twin sister Padma (Sharanya Pradeep) contributes to the community as a school teacher.

The village starts gossiping about the alleged illicit relationship between Padma and landlord Venkat.

Meanwhile, Venkat’s sister Lakshmi (Shivani Nagaram) falls for Malli.

How does the clash of pride, self-respect and honour take centre stage? What costs an oppressed-caste man Malli to take revenge on the most dominant personality of the village?—is the story in short.

Also Read: Jagadeesh Prathap Bandari back on ‘Pushpa 2’ sets after securing bail


Ambajipeta Marriage Band is not a typical protagonist-winning-over-antagonist story. There is a proper drama set against the Konaseema backdrop.

The year 2007 was the period when most villagers did not own smartphones. It would probably bring back the memorable days of using the Nokia 1100, buying the songbooks where you reminisce the lyrics of your favourite songs.

Director Dushyanth takes audiences into the perfect mood with a romantic track before you unknowingly enter the plot.

The narrative may not break new ground, particularly the dynamics of social and economic disparities in village lives.

We have seen many stories of landlords discriminating against the oppressed caste. But in Ambajipet Marriage Band, love, pride, self-respect, and honour are the recurrent themes.

Ambajipeta Marriage Band transcends conventional narratives. However, labelling it as merely another love story would be a misjudgment.

Despite the familiar backdrop of caste dynamics, the Ambajipeta Marriage Band movie distinguishes itself from other village-revenge dramas by offering more than a typical love story.

The film cannot be viewed as a traditional love story, as the narrative revolves around a woman’s (the character of Padma portrayed by Sharanya) courageous battle for self-respect.

Also Read: As Chiranjeevi sweats it out for ‘Vishwambhara’, netizens hail him for truly being a ‘Megastar’


Suhas and Shivani Nagaram play the lead roles in Ambajipeta Marriage Band

Suhas and Shivani Nagaram play the lead roles in ‘Ambajipeta Marriage Band’. (X)

Sharanya, as a rebellious school teacher Padma who challenges the village landlord, deserves to be lauded.

Nithin Prasanna, who played the antagonist, has given another impressive performance as Venkat.

Suhas has been good throughout the runtime. But you may feel that his performance is overshadowed by these two central characters — Padma and Venkat who make the story more gripping.

Shekar Chandra’s music is another added highlight in elevating the mood and theme of the story.

Wajid Baig’s craft of cinematography seems to be very refreshing, especially when he captures the scenic beauty of Konaseema through his lens.


Ambajipeta Marriage Band is not a typical love-revenge drama that we usually come across in Telugu cinema. It has vengeance, love, pride, and emotion —all portrayed so genuinely without the cosmetics of commercial cinema.

Suhas, yet again, proves that the strength of a story is genuine drama. He continues his success streak with choosy scripts that perfectly strike chords with audiences.

Ambajipeta Marriage Band is another jewel in his feather.

(Views expressed here are personal.)