Tholi Prema Story:
Aaditya (Varun Tej) is an impulsive individual who takes decisions spontaneously and is unafraid to speak his mind. The love of his life Varsha (Raashi Khanna) is his extreme opposite — she chooses not to let her emotions control her actions or words. Will these two differing individuals ever make their relationship work?
Tholi Prema Review:
‘Tholi Prema’ is a new-age millennial romance reflecting on the various twists and turns Aaditya (Varun Tej) and Varsha (Raashi Khanna)’s relationship takes through various years. There are no specific evil villains opposing their love and there’s no such thing as perfection in their relationship. Aadi and Varsha are our everyday youngsters, struggling to make their relationship work and trying to understand where it all goes wrong.
Aadi first sees Varsha on a train right after he finishes high school and is attracted to how she looks. The duo spends some time together and it’s not long before Varsha begins to have feelings for Aadi too. However, fate has other plans and it is three months before they meet again in college, and this time, they have all the time in the world to get to know each other well.
Aadi is impulsive, hot-headed, unafraid to speak his mind and seemingly undaunted of anything really. Varsha, on the other hand, is his extreme opposite. She scares easy and takes her time before taking decisions or even accepting the fact that she loves Aadi. When an altercation at their college leads to misunderstandings between the two, Aadi is quick to take his stance, while Varsha is not. When they meet again six years later, will anything change this time around and will they be able to look past their differences is what ‘Tholi Prema’ is all about.
The best part of the film is its relatable storyline. Gone are times when love was perceived as something unselfish and flawless with only an evil entity standing in between the individuals in love. While many might call the concept of a lovers’ tiff predictable, the fact that ‘Tholi Prema’ focuses on the human side of love, sets it apart. Quite contrary to the notion, love is extremely flawed and dependent completely on the individuals who are trying to make their relationship stay afloat. It is also dependent on their mindset and just having love for another person does not make a relationship work, is what the film highlights. The journey of Aadi and Varsha is realistic, focusing on the fact that it is always the individuals who choose to make a relationship work, even if love is the emotion that binds them.
Varun Tej and Raashi Khanna are great in their roles; breathing life into them and making them seem more than just some characters on-screen. Varun Tej veers away from being a typical chocolate boy with a bad attitude, by bringing in something concrete to his character — an anger that’s understandable. Raashi Khanna’s character is not your perfect run-of-the-mill bubbly girl who’s chirpy all the time and can do no wrong. She’s as human as any other girl and makes mistakes that she regrets later on. Priyadarshi and Hyper Adhi as Aadi’s friends Ravi and Raju get enough screen-time in the second half to show off their acting skills. Naresh and Suhasini are underutilised, but then again, they don’t have much of a role to play in this tale that is Aadi and Varsha’s alone.
SS Thaman’s music perfectly blends with the story, elevating it and bringing through the emotions where required. The background music by Thaman and cinematography by George C Williams are on-point too. It is only the commercial elements in the film, featuring a few fights and randomly placed sneaky product placements that seem out of place and unnecessary. The comedy too, while bringing in the required laughs, seems unnecessary to this tale. Thankfully, the film steers clear of making any references to the 1998 Pawan Kalyan and Keerthi Reddy classic ‘Tholi Prema’.
‘Tholi Prema’ is an easy-breezy ride and purely for the romantic millennials. Give it a chance this weekend, it might just impress you with its big ol’ dose of reality.