Star Cast: Vijay Devarakonda, Rashmika Mandanna, Shruti Ramachandran, Suhas,
Music Composed by Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography by Sujith Sarang
Edited by Sreejith Sarang
Directed by Bharat Kamma
Movie starts off with Vijay Devarakonda trying to figure out a way with dealing the post break-up trauma and stress. And we feel like we walked straight into a movie that tries to emulate Arjun Reddy again. Slowly, it tries to build a character for Vijay as Bobby and then it introduces, Lilly aka Aparna Devi played by Rashmika Mandanna. But everything feels like we walked into a Malayalam movie with Telugu actors. As Kakinada feels like Kochi. The aesthetics too slip into Malayalam style. So, we feel like is Universal Cinema defined as Malayalam film??
Anyways, Bharat Kamma tries to give his movie good flow but the content doesn’t work for the normal audience member. With Comrade style not being big in Telagana or Andhra Pradesh, the movie more & more dwells into it and tries to talk about the greatness and goodness of a Comrade. But director and writers, seem to have a thinking that Comrade or socialism definition is to be impulsive and aggressive than fight for the right.
We do get a scene where hero finally says that he understood it all wrong but we don’t get someone like Charu Haasan trying to explain it to the lead early enough. We don’t see the resistance to his impulsion as a issue that reflects him but we see it as a personal tendency of people to avoid clash and confrontation. Adding to that, we get a highly convoluted take on internalized trauma from heroine’s character arc.
The film doesn’t commit to the story of harassment it is dealing with. It tries to come out as a love story but then the meat of the story only comes out in last 20 minutes when the issue comes out. What should have been an Interval point or even come out early to give us more meat to chew on, we see it being handled in last 20 minutes that like a carpet issue.
Well, music composer Justin Prabhakaran, Cinematographer Sujith Sarang and editor, Sreejith Sarang try their best to keep the movie flowing with as much pace as it can generate but the movie drags on as it tries to concentrate on issues that don’t need much runtime more and leaves all the meat far behind. With so many scenes trying to play as moments, we get only few that really standout.
Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna tried their best but they seem to have been limited by the writing, their ability and even the kind of execution that director & team pulled off. Movie could have been much much better had the film concentrated on the issue than just trying to expand it too much. Overall, it is a good opportunity lost by the team and actors too.