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Kumari 21 F

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20 Nov, 2015 2 hrs 15 mins A
Raj Tarun, Hebah Patel
Raj Tarun, Hebah Patel
Palnati Surya Pratap
Synopsis
In an industry where a damsel-in-distress-wooed-and-saved-by-an-angry-young-man is the norm, this is a refreshing film which provokes some thought. A thought provoking film and a must watch.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Synopsis: In an industry where a damsel-in-distress-wooed-and-saved-by-an-angry-young-man is the norm, this is a refreshing film which provokes some thought.

Movie Review: Why is it so easy for some to label a girl as 'easy' when she makes the first move? While the film doesn't quite provide any convincing answers, it does make a song and dance about it. In this case, Kumari is the type who wears shorts, hangs out at pubs, likes to go on long drives with her guy friends, is always on the phone and has over 5,000 friends on Facebook, out of which not even one is a girl.... so on and so forth goes a song Love Cheyyala Oddha in which the hero ponders with his friends whether to love his girlfriend or not.

Coming to the anguished lover, the only son of a doting mother (Hema), Siddhu loves nothing more than make merry with his friends (Noel, Sudershan and Naveen Neni). One fine day, a model and an aspiring actress, Kumari shifts to Siddhu's locality and becomes friends with him. In fact she sets about wooing him. He likes her too but struggles to digest the fact that a girl was bold enough to make the first move. To add to that, his friends poison his mind with their own theories about the girl and he starts suspecting her character, leading to them breaking up. But Siddhu can't stop loving her and he wants to get back with her. Does he succeed? Your guess is as good as ours.

In the past, there have been many films with bold and independent female characters but this film goes beyond those; in the sense that the female protagonist in this film seems like someone one might actually see every day. Hebah Patel does a great job of playing the role. In an industry where a damsel-in-distress-wooed-and-saved-by-an-angry-young-man is the norm, this is refreshing. Kudos to the writer Sukumar for giving yet another off-beat story with characters that can't be put into a box. This film will resonate more with the young than the old though.

Raj Tarun also does a good job of portraying a suspicious boyfriend but at times, his expressions seem as if he's trying too hard. Hema and Noel deserve a special mention for their portrayal of a loving mother and a cunning friend respectively. At times, Noel's character Shankar reminds one of Sukumar's brainchild Arya from the film Arya 2. Nevertheless, he definitely did justice to the character.

Visually, the film is eye catching and the background score by DSP is also apt. The best songs from the film are Bang Bang Bangkok and Love Cheyyala Odda. The screenplay is gripping in the second half; though the first half could have been trimmed down to an extent. The best part is the way that the film's climax is presented; the director Surya Pratap has definitely done a very mature job.

Overall verdict, the film is more refreshing and thought provoking than entertaining.
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