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Times of India
For starters, the romance between the central characters look a little too forced. Prakash Raj might just have gone overboard with his portrayal of a compulsive 46-year-old bachelor.
: You know there is something amiss when the goofy chemistry between the nephew and kid sister of the protagonists turns out to be more endearing than the central love story - an uncommon romance between a middle-aged bachelor and an out-of-sorts not-so-young lady who's given up hope of finding her man. Then, the funniest moments in the movie come from the goofy wisecracks of the uncle (MS Narayana) of the protagonist. As a result, what could have ideally been a heart-warming romance ends up as an unintended comedy of errors.
The film sure has its share of moments nevertheless. A slurp inducing ten-minute opening sequence involving montage of mouthwatering of close-up shots of South Indian delicacies - bhajjis, idly, pickle, jalebis, bananas and the works - with Kailash Kher's raspy voice in backdrop Ee janmame ruchi choodadaaniki dorikera...(loosely translatable as: this life is meant to explore tastes) leaves your taste buds tingling. The camera pans in from behind onto a man returning from a morning walk with his sweat shirt soaked wet following him into his kitchen.
We are introduced to the uncle, who empties a bottle of salt to make note of a phone number unable to find a pen absent-mindedly tucked behind his earlobe. But what pisses off Kaali is that his uncle dipped his bare finger in the upma on the stove, leaving enough hints for the viewer to figure out that the episode is a metaphor for a home that's bereft of the woman's touch.
Our man is a hopeless connoisseur of food. One day when he goes to see a bride to be he returns back home with their cook instead, having loved the masala wada served to him. His life takes a turn soon after his nephew arrives to look for a job in the city thanks to a wrong number. Gauri, a dubbing artist, calls him accidentally and orders a Kutti Dosa.
An awkward phone romance evolves between the two. Sparks fly when Kaalidas reads her out a complex recipe laced with an interesting anecdote from the First World War. Those who've seen the original Malayalam version might just reckon that this particular scene was better conceived in the original. Remakes, by default rarely ever rise above the real deal.
When the day of the meeting arrives, both develop cold feet the last minute and as a result Kaalidas's nephew ends up meeting Gauri's sister and thus begins a comedy of errors. One does get the impression that an important ingredient is missing in this remake that seems to have lost some of its original magic as the filmmaker tried to tailor it to the Telugu palette.
For starters, the romance between the central characters look a little too forced. Prakash Raj might just have gone overboard with his portrayal of a compulsive 46-year-old bachelor. His performance lacks that understated nuance. Having seen him use similar idiosyncrasies for other memorable villainous and other characters he played in countless Telugu films, it becomes hard to empathise with the character. Sneha is convincing as this single woman who can't find a suitable match, but it's a performance that also lacks that something special.
Funnily enough, the support cast of Tejas and Samyukta manage to work up a more endearing chemistry. Samyukta has a sparkling screen presence and Tejas compliments her. Music by Ilayaraja though pleasant evokes more nostalgia of all his hit tunes of the eighties and nineties rather than accentuate the happenings onscreen.