Fresh yet intelligent, simple yet appealing, here's a film which gives you what you are in search of - entertainment, and that too without trying too hard.
On one fine day - translated to Bhale Manchi Roju- Sita (Wamiqa Gabbi) is all excited about getting married because that has been her dream. In a parallel world, Ram (Sudheer Babu) is brooding over a girlfriend who left him to marry someone else.
Though they are worlds apart, unbeknownst to them, towards the end, we realise they were destined to meet in one way or the other. And the circumstances that bring them together form the gist of this interesting tale.
The film's real asset is director Sriram Adittya. While his film occasionally hits the 'slow down' button in terms of its pace, its mostly racy, keeping the viewer engaged. He manages to give you some really unexpected twists and turns which make the narration interesting.
The film's first half would make you look at your watch but then the interval element of surprise, an unexpected revelation and some fun dialogues and scenes (Sample this: Deal ante, Kidnaple. Rapelu, murderlu ante prabhu dandistadu) later, the second half is a definite fun ride.
If Bhale Manchi Roju was a rainbow, its many characters are like colours which make it the beautiful visual. Be it Sai Kumar (as a movie loving don) or Posani (as a church Father), be it newcomer E Sri Ram (Eesu) or Venu (Albert) or Prudhvi and then even the lovers Praveen (an aspiring filmmaker) and Vidyu Raman (the LIC officer), all of them fit in very neatly. The likes of Chaitanya Krishna (he can be a baddie, did you know?), Dhanya Balakrishnan (even her!) and Narra Srinivas (another surprise in store) are all perfectly cast. Sudheer Babu's boy-next-door avatar is as real as it can get. Or when do you see the hero popping pills into his mouth often because of his BP problems? Wamiqa is also a great find. She emotes well, even though it's mostly through the eyes and the Punjabi girl in her comes to the fore when she dances.
The film's let downs would be the songs which slow down the story further. But the film's background score by Sunny MR, though very loud in the start, moves on to engage you throughout the film. Added to that is brilliant camera work by Shamdat who doesn't make you feel like you are watching a film.
It may be a story which takes place in a day but you'd spend just a couple of hours watching it. Fresh yet intelligent, simple yet appealing, here's a film which gives you what you are in search of - entertainment, and that too without trying too hard.