Oh! Baby

Oh! Baby is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language fantasy comedy film directed by B. V. Nandini Reddy. A remake of the South Korean film Miss Granny, it stars Samantha Akkineni, Naga Shaurya, Lakshmi, Rajendra Prasad in the lead roles and music composed by Mickey J. Meyer.[3] Principal photography of the film began in December 2018.[4] The film released theatrically on 5 July 2019 and received positive reviews, with praise for Samantha's performance. A remake is in development by Sajid Nadiadwala titled Jabudani.[5][6]

Oh! Baby
Samantha Oh Baby.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. V. Nandini Reddy
Produced byD. Suresh Babu
Sunitha Tati
T.G.Vishwa Prasad
Hyunwoo Thomas Kim
Written byLakshmi Bhupala (dialogues)
Gopimohan (Script Supervision)
Screenplay byB. V. Nandini Reddy
Based on
Miss Granny
by
  • Shin Dong-ik
  • Hong Yun-jeong
  • Dong Hee-seon
Starring
Music byMickey J. Meyer
CinematographyRichard Prasad
Edited byJunaid Siddique
Production
company
Release date
  • 5 July 2019 (2019-07-05)
Running time
161 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget₹20 crore[1]
Box officeest. ₹33.9 crore[2]

PlotEdit

The film begins on Savitri / Baby (Lakshmi), a 70-year-old woman who runs a canteen in a college, which is co-owned by her childhood friend Pasupuleti Kanakaraj / Chanti (Rajendra Prasad), and her son Shekar / Nani (Rao Ramesh) also works therein as a lecturer. During, her young age she dreams to become a great singer which does not come true. Right now, she aspires her grandson Rocky (Teja Sajja), to fulfill her goal. But her relationship with her daughter-in-law Madhavi (Pragathi) does not run on good terms. Things get worse when Madhavi gets a heart attack and do not want to live with Baby. Even the doctors suggest the same. Being cognizant of it, heartbroken, Baby leaves the house and accuses God of her fate. On the way, Rocky calls her for his first music performance at an exhibition where God appears in the form of a saint (Jagapathi Babu), presents her a statue of Lord Ganesha and says it will change her fate. Nevertheless, she finds a photo studio and enters with the hope of getting a good photograph as she would like to print a beautiful photo of hers after her death in the newspaper. The same person appears as the photographer and promises to get back her beauty, after taking the picture, astoundingly, she turns into a 24-year-old young lady (Samantha Akkineni). Looking at it, she becomes bewildered when God appears, while praising Lord Shiva and tells her that this new life is given to fill with joy and enlightenment. Thereafter, she accommodates herself in Chanti's house changing as Swathi, starts a new life and also teams up with her grandson Rocky and becomes a part of the band. Meanwhile, Chanti realizes Swati itself is Baby and supports her at every step. Soon, Vikram (Naga Shaurya), the head of the music company, likes Baby / Swathi's voice and gives her band an opportunity. After a lot of romantic comedy, Vikram proposes to Swathi when she is completely under dichotomy. At the same time, Chanti learns that if Baby loses her blood she again turns into an old lady. At last, the D-day finale of the competition, unfortunately, Rocky meets with an accident, yet, Baby participates and acquires the triumph. Immediately, Baby / Swathi rushes to the hospital leaving a letter for Vikram convincing that to remember her acquaintance as a sweet memory and always be smiling. After reaching hospital she finds Rocky requires AB-ve blood which Baby donates, even after refusal of Chanti & Nani and again transforms into an old lady. In the Climax, it is shown God transforming Chanti into a young boy (Akkineni Naga Chaitanya).

CastEdit

  • Samantha Akkineni as 24 year-old ‘’Baby’’ alias Swathi
  • Lakshmi as 70 year-old Savitri ‘’Baby’’
  • Naga Shaurya as Vikram
  • Rajendra Prasad as Pasupuleti Kanakaraju / Chanti/Shakthi (Tamil)
  • Rao Ramesh as Nani / Shekar, Baby's son
  • Teja Sajja as Ramakrishna “Rocky”, Baby’s grandson
  • Raja Ravindra as Inspector Sarma
  • Pragathi as Madhavi, Baby’s daughter-in-law
  • Aishwarya as Vikram's mother
  • Urvashi as Sulochana
  • Aneesha Dama as Divya, Baby's granddaughter
  • Snigdha as Jahnavi, Vikram's assistant
  • Sunayana as Anasuya, Chanti's daughter
  • Mirchi Hemanth as Anji, Rocky's friend
  • Shreyas Wannere as Asif
  • Dhanraj

Cameo appearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

During November 2018, pre-production of an untitled film commenced with costume selection.[7] Initially titled as "O Baby" with the tagline as "Yentha Sakkagunnave" with Samantha Akkineni in the lead role,[8] the full title was revealed to be as O Baby! Yentha Sakkagunnave in December 2018, being bankrolled by Sunitha Tati ,[9] People's Media Factory and Suresh Productions.[10] The film's title is being inspired from one of her songs "Yentha Sakkagunnave", which describes the beauty of Samantha in the film, Rangasthalam.[11][12]

CastingEdit

Apart from Samantha, Rao Ramesh, Snigdha (actress), Naga Shourya,[13][14] Lakshmi and Rajendra Prasad appear in supporting roles.[12][15][16][17]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began in December 2018.[4] The film was wrapped in mid March 2019.[18]

SoundtrackEdit

Oh! Baby
Soundtrack album by
Released30 June 2019 (2019-06-30)
Recorded2018-2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length"19:31"
LanguageTelugu
LabelAditya Music
ProducerMickey J. Meyer
Mickey J. Meyer chronology
Srinivasa Kalyanam
(2018)
Oh! Baby
(2019)
Gaddalakonda Ganesh
(2019)

Music composed by Mickey J. Meyer and released on Aditya Music company.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Oh! Baby"Lakshmi BhupalaAnurag Kulkarni4:04
2."Naalo Maimarapu"BhaskarabhatlaMohana Bhogaraju3:48
3."Anaganaganaga"Lakshmi BhupalaSreerama Chandra3:07
4."Aakasham lona"Lakshmi BhupalaNutana Mohan3:49
5."Maha Adbhutham"BhaskarabhatlaNutana Mohan3:21
6."Changubhala"BhaskarabhatlaNutana Mohan4:29
Total length:19:31

Marketing and releaseEdit

The first look of film presenting Samantha Akkineni was released on 21 May 2019.[19] The teaser of the film released on 25 May.[20][21][22] The official theatrical trailer of the film was released on 20 June by Suresh Productions.[23]

The movie was planned to be released on 5 July 2019, along with its dubbed version in Tamil language;[24] it was released in India at this time, and in Kuwait and the United States on July 4, a day earlier.[25] Official streaming partner is Netflix.

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Save for moments in the latter part of the film which are a tad bit melodramatic, Oh! Baby is an enjoyable ride. It's a film that has its heart in the right place and has a lot of great moments to take away from. Nandini Reddy has successfully adapted Korean classic Miss Granny, and has made it her own, and Tollywood is richer for it".[26]The Indian Express gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Samantha Akkineni thrives in the role that reflects the possibilities of youth, the burden of old age, and the society’s indifference to the desires and complaints of old people. Written by director BV Nandini Reddy and Lakshmi Bhupala, the film convincingly captures the circle of life".[27]The News Minute gave 4 out of 5 stars stating "Adopting the body language of a 70-year-old is difficult, but Samantha gives it a reverent, comic touch in this Nandini Reddy directorial".[28]

Deccan Chronicle gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "Oh! Baby is a fun film with an emotional touch that is neatly narrated by director Nandini Reddy. The film takes Samantha up a notch, and proves that she can carry a film by herself. They are supported by Rajendra Prasad and Lakshmi".[29]Firstpost gave 4 out of 5 stars stating "Oh! Baby is a treasure box. Open it, dig into it, and cherish everything that it has to offer you. There’s a lot more to this film than just laughs. It’s like sunshine on a gloomy day. It’s a heart-warming film that you won't forget anytime soon".[30]India Today gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Oh! Baby, directed by Nandini Reddy, is everything nice and fine. It makes you understand the struggles your grandmother had to undergo and appreciate the life you have now. Watch it for Samantha and Rajendra Prasad's career-best performances".[31]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu wrote "Oh! Baby is a fun ode to the complexities that make up our elders. It’s an acknowledgement of their rough rides as much as it is about learning to count your blessings".[32]IndiaGlitz gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "The story line is fascinating. The emotions are heart-tugging in the second half. With better story-telling, imagination and music, 'Oh Baby' would have been even more winsome".[33]Great Andhra gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "“Oh Baby” is a highly enjoyable watch for Samantha’s exceptional acting. This film proves that she is in the best phase of her career and enjoying her roles. This sentimental-family drama completely belongs to Samantha but both Lakshmi and Rajendra Prasad have also added their strength with great performances".[34]Sify gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Official remake of Korean drama Miss Granny, Samantha starrer Oh Baby is watchable for Samantha's energetic performance. Schmaltzy ending and flabby runtime almost kill the film but it finally works to an extent thanks to Samantha. This is for those who like candy-floss sentiment dramas".[35]

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