First of all, hatsoff to Sukumar and Mahesh Babu for believing in this kind of film making and for all the people who helped make it to a reality. An action thriller with a psychological disorder angle is probably the most riskiest movie genre i am aware of. Sir,you have succeeded almost in getting it right in shape. I still remember the goosebumps when i watched Shutter Island or any of Bourne series. The interval bang feeling was same. For the first time, i started thinking and engaging my brain while watching a Telugu movie.
If only this movie was made in Hollywood, it would have been given rave reviews by people who are criticizing it now. I suggest to dub this movie trimming some parts and release in English. This will get more audience and gets the appreciation its worth. People who believe Telugu movies should be about 1 hero, 2 heroines, 3 dialogues each for them, 4 fights, 5 comedy scenes and 6 songs should avoid this movie at any cost.Do not watch it as a Telugu movie , Watch it as a Movie.And most importantly this movie needs some patience and concentration like some of the biggies of Hollywood. This is not even expected from a Telugu movie which marketed itself as a regular potboiler of action, revenge drama.
The interval bang performance is probably the best interval bang i have seen in Telugu movies.Such a cool composed matured performance from Mahesh and he has leaped ahead in his acting prowess with this. The build up given till Interval episode was outstanding . This itself deserves to be made into a movie. The confusion with hallucinations was handled very pretty well. I should appreciate the guts of a director starting the movie on a very serious note . The fight where Rowdies put knife on heroine was exemplary and one of the best action choreography. Of course Goa episode was slightly lagged , but it was needed to put the point through till the interval.The Bank episode was expected and could have been curtailed a little.
Technical values and production extravaganza were top notch and people dont like the movie too dont contend with this fact. BGM was excellent and cinematography was extraordinary. There are too many interlaying threads in the movie and director managed to conclude almost all. I am proud that we have such a director in Telugu Cinema.
For Fans, Mahesh performance would be remembered for ages. Okkadu, Athadu, Pokiri, Khaleja, Dookudu and Nenokkadine would be his top performance roles.Iam glad that he is taking such risks and encouraged Directors and film makers go beyond the boundaries.The single frame of Gautam and Mahesh running would be a treat for all his well wishers.
The way that title credit prop was used to interlink with climax is incredible. The way the parents are revealed in the end is probably the most cinematic thing i have seen in Telugu Cinema. First half is mind blowing and puts your gray cells to work . The use of psychological disorder concept for some scenes is mindblowing for any film making enthusiast.The twist of who really are THE TWO is another gem in the movie.Second half was too many twists . The preclimax encounter with Nazar was riveting and best of Mahesh-Nazar chemistry.
Ofcourse, this movie suffers with Making-it-look-like-a-Telugu-Masala syndrome and cannot escape its clutches. Interval bang is one measure of Telugu movies and this looses grip just after interval. The songs are not even required at places and many think that getting rid of Villains is THE END which this movie bursts the cloud . Movie can be made into two parts ideally.This is a perfect recipe for a mini series. Twists are too many and audience can loose grip over movie if not convinced with one.
Thanks Sukumar, Mahesh and 14 Reels.
PS- I remember seeing Hans Zimmer name in Music section. Can someone clarify what is his contribution or was i hallucinating 😛
PPS- Some pun below.