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Times of India
Yes, it's inevitable that they'd fall in love eventually but that's not even the point here. This film is a lot more.
In an industry where going over the top, using dialogues to emphasize style and telling a story in the male point of view is the norm, a film like
is a breath of fresh air. It's simple, fresh and more importantly a slice of your life.
As old as the concept of
might seem, the way director Tharun Bhascker deals with it is extremely fresh and truly in sync with the times. We are taken into the lives of Chitra (Ritu Varma) and Prashanth (Vijay Devarakonda) who meet at their pelli choopulu. While the girl isn't interested since she has dreams of a career and higher education, the jobless guy is excited about his marriage because he gets a huge dowry, and of course the girl is pretty. And what's the result of the pelli choopulu? This unconventional pair of the sharp and intelligent Chitra and the dreamer Prashanth end up becoming business partners!
The story is interesting, of course, but what's endearing about it is how the director narrates the journey of the two leads by bringing in friends and family members (the ever complaining nanna who'll be proud even with your smallest of achievements, the amma who'll argue your case with him and the amamma and bamma who occasionally throw in their words of wisdom) who brighten up the proceedings. Of them all, Kaushik (Priyadarshi) stands out with his act of the friend and he's sure going to remind a lot of us about that idiotic friend without whom life is incomplete. He is so funny, your cheeks ache at a point in time.
It's not easy to portray realistic characters on screen and it isn't often that people succeed to do so. The best of filmmakers tend to bring in excess of drama in simple moments of life and avoiding that Tharun gives you a fresh watch. Add to that, he doesn't make a wastrel seem like the hero and instead decides to make him achieve something through his assets. It's the girl who is the hero mostly, calling the shots, deciding the point of action and well, most importantly handling money.
Yes, it's inevitable that they'd fall in love eventually but that's not even the point here. This film is a lot more. They discuss societal pressures that makes parents want their daughter to get married, they talk about being responsible, there's discussion about believing in oneself and following dreams. But at no point does it turn into a sermon.
Tharun should be appreciated for his choice of music by Vivek Sagar which makes the film a delight to experience. Add to that, he has Ritu (why hasn't anyone seen how wonderful she is) and Vijay (watch out for this guy) and a horde of fresh talent he has extracted wonderfully from.
The second half of the film tends to slow down a wee bit. But watch it nevertheless, you'll be delighted.