Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pelli Choopulu: A Clean Entertainer Worth Not Missing.

By Sunaina Patnaik at Sunday, July 31, 2016
Picture by Kamal Kiran
Everybody loves a mean cup of filter coffee, but what matters is how well it is presented. These were my exact thoughts as I finished watching Tharun Bhascker's Pelli Choopulu on Saturday. We are all acquainted with the quintessential romantic comedies that use the tried and tested formula of 'Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy and girl get into several fights and then fall in love'. While Pelli Choopulu is a lot like this, it is the combination of so many good things coming together that made this movie a clean entertainer.

I have always been a lover of Vinoothna Geetha brand and when I saw the first poster of Pelli Choopulu, I was pretty certain that I'd watch the movie. And the trailer simply sealed the deal for me. Right from the first frame of the movie, Tharun Bhascker's direction, and Nagesh Banell's cinematography served as a feast to one's eye. The dialogues and the language were lucid, sometimes reminding me of the usual conversations I have at home with my family. Cherry on the cake, the music by Tapeloop has made for an even delightful experience. Ever since the music released, I have been in love with the 'Merise Merise' song. It reminds me of a good old Ilayaraja composition.

We all know how arranged marriages begin in most of the cases. 'Hey, you might gain a perspective on your life if you get married' is a common line that flows in every household. That's exactly how Prashanth (Vijay Devarakonda) and Chitra (Ritu Varma) wind up together. From the trailer, you might have already gotten a glimpse that Chitra refuses to get married, but when they find a lot of time ahead of them, instead of leaving it at just that, they talk about their lives and goals. A foodie at heart, Chitra gets excited when Prashanth tells her that he wants to be a cook. They talk about their past relationships, issues with their fathers etc. Discovering a common interest or two and with Chitra's zeal to do something and Prashanth's unwavering interest to impress his to-be father-in-law (Anish Kuruvilla), they begin working together. What happens later is something that we all know.

The narration was so clean and witty that it left the audience in splits at a couple of scenes. Vijay Devarakonda's comic timing was epic, and he played a very convincing role as a clueless youngster. But it was Ritu Varma who was the soul of the movie. She breathed into the character with an ease and I'm pretty sure she has a long way to go. Adding to that, her effortlessly elegant costumes in the movie were spot on. Before I move on, I must also mention how much I loved Anish Kuruvilla's presence on screen. He practically stood out at a lot of places.

Despite having a few flaws that could be totally ignored, I could totally vouch that Pelli Choopulu is one of the most cherishable movies of 2016. And more importantly, it is going to make way for more new talent and fresh cinema to embrace our screens. As for me, I enjoyed this mean cup of filter coffee as it was served not just hot but strong too.

Happy times ahead!

P.S. Kamal, thank youuuuu for sending me the pictures as soon as I asked. You're awesome.


rohan said...

though movie is entertaining,i did not find prashanth character convincing.a person without integrity or respect for chitra's emotions falling in love is was immature on director part.though he is interested in cooking,you don't see his passion in any scene on screen,it is just said in words that he is interested in cooking. chitra's character is strong but how a guy who deceives her on her first catering assignment is different from her ex-boyfriend who left her without notice.this movie characters are built to entertain people but in substance they are poles apart and unconvincing.i felt sad for chitra for falling in love with a drunkard who has least respect for her emotions.

you should watch movie manamantha,its flawless and very of the best movie in past two decades.after watching manamantha ,i felt like i never saw such convincing movie.

saichandra sv on 9 Aug 2016, 06:53:00 said...
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saichandra sv on 9 Aug 2016, 11:42:00 said...

Keep posting on movies.... !!! Liked it. No shows of this movie in Dubai. Missed it though ��


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