A Aa is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language romantic family drama written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas. Produced by S. Radha Krishnaa of Haarika & Hassine Creations, A Aa stars Nithiin, Samantha, and Anupama Parameswaran while Ananya, Rao Ramesh, Srinivas Avasaraala, Naresh, Nadhiya, Jayaprakash, and Easwari Rao play supporting roles. Mickey J Meyer composed the film’s score and soundtrack.
A Aa is loosely based on the novel Meena written by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani, which has earlier been adapted into the 1973 film Meena by Vijaya Nirmala, starring Krishna. The plot follows Anasuya Ramalingam, daughter of Mahalakshmi, a rich and strict businesswoman, who falls in love with Anand, an ex-chef when she is sent to visit her aunt in a village.
A Aa revolves around the lives of 23-year-old Anasuya Ramalingam and Anand Vihari and their families. Anand, a former chef, runs an e-foods business in Hyderabad. He belongs to a middle-class family with responsibilities to fulfill, like getting his sister Bhanumathi married and paying off debts.
Anasuya is the daughter of a rich and strict mother named Mahalakshmi. When her mother goes on a business trip, her father Ramalingam sends her to visit her extended family in Kalavapudi village near Vijayawada. On the train ride there, she meets her cousin Aanand, whom her father asked to accompany her back to his home.
While she happily discovers the joy of being at her paternal aunt’s house in Kalavapudi, she and Anand playfully butt heads through a series of comical situations. But she also discovers that Aanand is being coerced into to marrying a girl in the village, Nagavalli. Anand is not interested, but unable to turn down the proposal from Nagavalli’s father, he keeps deferring it using his sister Bhanu’s marriage as an excuse.
One day when Nagavalli comes to their house, she takes an instant disliking to Anasuya upon learning she is Anand’s cousin. Anasuya decides to frustrate her further by acting close with Anand in front of her. An irked Nagavalli gets her father to call Anasuya’s father and threatens to inform Mahalakshmi that Anasuya is currently in Kalavupudi. There is some backstory as to why Mahalakshmi doesn’t like her husband’s family – which is revealed later. Ramalingam resolves the situation, but Mahalakshmi’s secretary eavesdropped on the phone call and decides to call her anyway. Ramalingam maintains his calm but quickly calls Anand and asks him to bring Anasuya back to the city before Mahalakshmi returns from Chennai. Aanand manages to convince Nagavalli to loan him a car, which she agrees to only because Anasuya is leaving the village, and gets her back home before her mother returns.
Back at home, Anasuya now realises her love for Anand. However, Mahalakshmi has already arranged her marriage with a rich guy named Shekhar. She defers meeting him twice, but eventually is forced to meet at a golf course. There, she accidentally hits the ball straight in his face and also injures the caddie. When Anu takes Shekar to the hospital, she runs into Anand and Bhanu. He reveals that his mother has been hospitalized after Nagavalli’s father ridiculed their family status and Bhanu’s lack of marriage prospects in an attempt to make it seem like he was doing them a favour by allowing Anand to marry his daughter. Although Anasuya is happy to see Anand and Bhanu, she is saddened by this news. To make matters worse, she sees that Nagavalli and her father are also at the hospital. She then asks Anand if Bhanu can stay with her at her family’s place as they became close friends during her time in Kalavupudi. Anand agrees but gives permission for only for a day.
Anasuya brings her home and reveals to Mahalakshmi that Bhanu is Anand’s sister. Mahalakshmi initially refuses to let Bhanu in but agrees later. She reveals that she had taken a loan from Anand’s father for business, and when she came to return the money, they had refused and closed the door on her face. She warns Anasuya to be careful with Bhanu. Later that night Bhanu sees Shekhar’s photo and says that he is good-looking. Anasuya again gets an idea, and next day, takes her to a mall and makes a deal with Bhanu. Bhanu had Anasuya help her ruin a proposal that came while she was staying with her, so now Anasuya says Bhanu owes her the same favour. As this plan unfolds, Shekar starts to fall in love with Bhanu. At one point, Shekar’s grandfather mistakes Bhanu for Anasuya and even he agrees for their marriage.
In the meantime, Anasuya finally confesses her feelings to Anand. But he reveals that Mahalakshmi delaying and then refusing to return the money she borrowed from his father all those years ago, was the reason for his father’s death. He is unsure how both families will ever agree to their marriage.
Mahalakshmi discovers that Shekhar loves Bhanu and not her daughter and locks her up. This angers Anasuya, who meets Anand and urges him to elope with her. He refuses, and this angers her more, and she starts walking aimlessly. She gets kidnapped by Nagavalli’s father’s henchmen. Anand manages to save her, just in time for her engagement with Shekar and leaves with Bhanu. He reveals to Bhanu that he loves Anasuya, and she urges him to reveal the truth to Anasuya. He goes back to her engagement party and confesses his love, saying that he will keep her happy in any way she wants. Mahalakshmi demands Anand to let go of her daughter, but Anand confronts her for how she cheated his father out of the money she owed him. In the end, he leaves with Anasuya.
When Anasuya and Anand reach his house, she is surprised to see her parents there. Her father reveals that as soon as Anasuya and Anand left, Mahalakshmi had a panic attack, but he managed to calm her down and get through to her about why they should let them be together. In the end, both families make amends for their past mistakes. Shekar also visits soon after to ask for Bhanu’s hand in marriage.
And lastly, Nagavalli seems to be coping with the fact that Anand isn’t going to marry her…but she then says to her father that if the pair were to separate one day, Anand would return to her.
Directed by Trivikram Srinivas
Written by Trivikram Srinivas
Based on Meena by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani
Produced by S. Radha Krishna
Starring Nithiin, Samantha, Anupama Parameswaran
Cinematography Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music by Mickey J Meyer
Production Haarika & Hassine Creations
Release date 2 June 2016
Running time 153 minutes