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Times of India
: The film is about the emotional travails of an obese youth named Luka and his love for his childhood playmate.
: Aashiq Abu's 'Da Thadiya' does not fail to enthuse. It is sympathetic enough while narrating the tale of a podgy youth Luka (Shekhar Menon) graduating from humiliation to honour. Sreenath Bhasi plays the caring, comforting cousin of Luka. He does a remarkably engaging job giving his voice over amply splattered with colloquial quips and humour and at the same time enacting a spirited, care-free young man.
The film opens and ends on a beachside where Bhasi is seen restlessly pondering over something which would be revealed later. His recollections about his cousin begin from childhood presenting the case of an over-grown boy, his crush, moments of embarrassment, separation and gloom.
There is enough substance to fascinate people, but it fades off a bit too quickly. It does not progress beyond the initial probability of a man, who suddenly realizes how heavy he is. Once this happens the film falls into a rut and yearns for focus. It is torn between the emotional turmoil of an obese youth and his impending transformation.
In between Aashiq Abu takes us through long, tormenting moments of self-pity, denial and betrayal. The film also takes upon itself to lay bare the fraudulent ways in which Ayurveda is manipulated. The events that follow in the film spoil a narrative that otherwise looked so promising. The turn of events make the film flimsy in a dishonest, hurried manner.
Luka becomes a mayor. His USP is his hug which is equated to the feeling of holding a thick cotton baggage. A man who had looked so meek as a lamb engages himself in a lengthy physical tussle punctuated with outbursts. In the meantime those who have wronged him regret their actions. His elevation to glory appears more contrived than inspiring.
could have become a highly enjoyable film but for its loose script.