Looks like the director of 'Hum Tum' started off with an aim of disseminating good many SMS jokes or jokes fashioned after SMS jokes. Here is what Ram Bimana's V-Day offer is all about: 5% of it is love story, 15% is a tribute to friendship, and 80% is college campus jokes, most of which are presumably collected from at least dozen friends.
As the film ends, one is left wondering why the male lead (played by Manish) behaved in a way entirely unreasonable for a guy not suffering from cancer! Minutes after the guy whom she has been silently loving for more than 2 years breaks her heart, the female lead (played by Simran) flummoxes us like none when she sings in herself a song of pathos in the wake of losing her three friends. The film is load full of urban engineering colleges' humour (read SMS-kinda jokes) and it is easy to forget the love story that is being told except when the heroine smiles in a much unwelcome fashion in Manish's presence.
In the main, 'Hum Tum' is about a bunch of comedians (familiar as well as unfamiliar faces among them) trying very very hard to prevent us from using pepper spray to browbeat ourselves. As for Manish, he is there occasionally making a cameo when either Simran has to be made to have a scene with AVS (uncomfortably playing a gay) or do a classical dance on a primitive set (please excuse the producer for presumably putting 51% of the budget in picturizing a single duet in one exotic location).
Before you know, mind you, three years of time is over. All these years, we have barely seen Manish doing anything significant except smiling in the presence of the heroine in a way a brother of the hero would in a normal movie. His boring ways actually make us pray for his friend's victory!
Simran hails from Guntur, she is the audience's cosmetic nightmare to begin with; the director wanted to show her as an unfashionable girl with on oily face, but the make-up director took extra care to make her look as if she has applied soot. It's love at first sight for Simran upon seeing the gutsy, class-first student Manish. Manish doesn't seem to be interested in her a bit while Simran grudges the fact that Manish is being wooed by a good-looking competitor. There comes Manish's friend (Nikhil Chakravarthi), who falls for Simran at first sight.
The interval bang misleads us into believing that there is going to be a real conflict-driven triangular story but the film's important business is telling not a story but a few SMS-type jokes. Nikhil has no place whatsoever; Simran is least disturbed even after he confesses love to her in Manish's presence. In fact, Simran even looks perfectly comfortable with her new looks (courtesy: AVS).
This V-Day, unfortunately, is all the more stupid because the true lover of 'Hum Tum' movie, Simran, reaches new heights in classical dancing as well as fashion designing without much effort, thanks to Manish's words of wisdom in an undisclosed article in the college magazine.
Coming to the film's one trivial plus: it has got a few college campus jokes. It's difficult to give credit to the dialogue writer mainly because it is not clear how many of them are original. People are fed up with one Posani and here we have a Posani clone trying to tickle the funny bone. Dharmavarapu's unfortunate death has meant that his character has someone else dubbing for him.
Simran's 'vallantha piccha telupe' moment apart, there is another parody in the script: Allari Subhashini's Vikramarkudu parody.
Cameos by MS, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, A.V.S, Nagineedu, Melkote, Surya, Kondavalasa do not pass muster.
Bad performances, lousy technical values and unaesthetic presentation make the film a disaster.
Verdict: A love story where love story is incidental.