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Oka Manasu

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24 Jun, 2016 2 hrs 26 mins U
Naga Shaurya, Niharika Konidela, Rao Ramesh, Srinivas Avasarala
Naga Shaurya, Niharika Konidela, Rao Ramesh, Srinivas Avasarala
G. V. Ramaraju
2.5
2.5
Synopsis
This film has got its heart in the right place, if only it was able to beat well.
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Synopsis: This film has got its heart in the right place, if only it was able to beat well.

Movie Review:

A guy and girl in love. The boy's political dreams. The girl's fears about his welfare. Conflicts that threaten to tear them apart. And yet, they come back together only to be pulled apart again. Eventually, they come to terms with the fact that their love is unending and doesn't really have death, or does it? To lay it on the line, that's the crux of director Ramaraju's Oka Manasu, a film which tells the tale of a couple and their love for each other, pure and unconditional. The thing about love in movies is that it is always breezy, larger than life and feels beyond one's reach and that's probably one reason a lot of us enjoy, and sometimes even feel wonderful. But a film like Oka Manasu is different. It doesn't go beyond the everyday existence and takes us into the life of a couple who are just like any of us. The sweet nothings that transpire between them are a delight to watch. Because the romance between Sandhya (Niharika) and Surya (Naga Shaurya) is surreal, yet very real. She doesn't know why she falls for him just in the first sight. And then when he responds, there's no reason either. It all just feels perfect. And the good news ends there. Because their love is painful... for us. We get it, they love each other, "chachenta" and "marchipolenanta" but yes, why don't they move on? It is slowly, very slowly indeed, that we are taken into their lives that's when things take a boring turn. The film, though, has interesting casting choices like Rao Ramesh who plays the father who's dedicated his life to see his son fulfil a political dream, and goes to any extent to bring him out of trouble. Pragathi is the mother who's distraught at her daughter's choice of "criminal" as a life partner but willingly lets go when it is time to. Srinivas Avasarala is sufficient while RJ Hemanth's character with negative shades is interesting. As for Naga Shaurya, his effortlessness is amazing. He is aided by Niharika who does a decent job for a debut film. The film's biggest asset is the music by Sunil Kashyap who elevates even a subtle instance into an ecstatic moment. Ram Reddy's cinematography takes the picturesque locations of Araku, Vizag and Vizianagaram to another level. And in terms of locations, the director needs to be appreciated because he takes us into these hitherto unexplored locales and makes us wonder why are filmmakers are in search elsewhere when we have such beauty in our backyard. But then, all this doesn't make up for the fact that Ramaraju's poetic vision doesn't quite strike a chord. He has a story to tell but takes too long to actually begin with the main plot point by when we have already become tired of the lead actors running around trees and farms holding hands, hugging and kissing each other. This film has got its heart in the right place, if only it was able to beat well. If only, this story was told well. A guy and girl in love. The boy's political dreams. The girl's fears about his welfare. Conflicts that threaten to tear them apart. And yet, they come back together only to be pulled apart again. Eventually, they come to terms with the fact that their love is unending and doesn't really have death, or does it? To lay it on the line, that's the crux of director Ramaraju's Oka Manasu, a film which tells the tale of a couple and their love for each other, pure and unconditional. The thing about love in movies is that it is always breezy, larger than life and feels beyond one's reach and that's probably one reason a lot of us enjoy, and sometimes even feel wonderful. But a film like Oka Manasu is different. It doesn't go beyond the everyday existence and takes us into the life of a couple who are just like any of us. The sweet nothings that transpire between them are a delight to watch. Because the romance between Sandhya (Niharika) and Surya (Naga Shaurya) is surreal, yet very real. She doesn't know why she falls for him just in the first sight. And then when he responds, there's no reason either. It all just feels perfect. And the good news ends there. Because their love is painful... for us. We get it, they love each other, "chachenta" and "marchipolenanta" but yes, why don't they move on? It is slowly, very slowly indeed, that we are taken into their lives that's when things take a boring turn. The film, though, has interesting casting choices like Rao Ramesh who plays the father who's dedicated his life to see his son fulfil a political dream, and goes to any extent to bring him out of trouble. Pragathi is the mother who's distraught at her daughter's choice of "criminal" as a life partner but willingly lets go when it is time to. Srinivas Avasarala is sufficient while RJ Hemanth's character with negative shades is interesting. As for Naga Shaurya, his effortlessness is amazing. He is aided by Niharika who does a decent job for a debut film. The film's biggest asset is the music by Sunil Kashyap who elevates even a subtle instance into an ecstatic moment. Ram Reddy's cinematography takes the picturesque locations of Araku, Vizag and Vizianagaram to another level. And in terms of locations, the director needs to be appreciated because he takes us into these hitherto unexplored locales and makes us wonder why are filmmakers are in search elsewhere when we have such beauty in our backyard. But then, all this doesn't make up for the fact that Ramaraju's poetic vision doesn't quite strike a chord. He has a story to tell but takes too long to actually begin with the main plot point by when we have already become tired of the lead actors running around trees and farms holding hands, hugging and kissing each other. This film has got its heart in the right place, if only it was able to beat well. If only, this story was told well.

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