15 Jul 2012

Movie Review: Eega (Telugu): Exciting, Make-Believe Fantasy

The fly in the villain's ears, nose, eyes

Good fiction, they say, is how well one tells the truth within the lie.

A kid wants to hear a story, very badly, something like a fairy tale. So his dad makes up the contents as revealed in the following paragraph to appease him. 

Good boy loves girl. Bad guy lusts for the same girl.  After much persistence, girl loves good boy too. Bad guy hates it, totally. So the good boy is kidnapped and killed by the bad guy. As this is a film, the good boy’s milky white soul travels to be reborn as, buzz, buzz, buzz, a fly. How the fly takes revenge, despite the odds, is the incredible crux of the movie.

This improbable plot is played out with inspired creativity, special effects and dressing up the lie in the manufactured truth with surprisingly high quality results. The central theme as such transcends language barriers once the fly enters the scene. That this is done so early in the film and not after any elastically stretched first half shows the film maker’s gusto in meeting the challenge head on.

While the slow motion effects and the glitzy lighting is common to commercial Telugu films, the genre fits hand-in-glove with the technical indulgence.

Despite the clearly mass audience content, which make for the mandatory, mercifully brief loose ends (Comedy and a thumping hero-worshiping ‘He is back’ kind of soundtrack, tantrik mumbo-jumbo) the film pulls off all the amazing ‘fly vs. human’ fight sequences. This is a top class action, fantasy adventure. We will not exaggerate; for once even Hollywood couldn’t have done better, except in adding dollars to the budget. There, we said it. Go for it? Totally! Well, I don’t know much of Telugu and it still didn’t matter. 

Also impressed by... 
The performances are spot on. Sudeep is the standout as the antagonist. Considering that he has to imagine the fly buzzing around, his wicked, exasperated, swinging on madness act is among the film's high points.Samanta is sturdy (despite the limited canvas), and Nani’s brief, though cliched role is well played out. The VFX people (special effects) can take a bow, and of course kudos to writer and director S S Rajamouli. They made a heady mix out of formula.

That was way, way, way beyond any expectation. Great buzzzzzzz.....Eega (Fly) 

Just like that...
Two different language versions of the film have been made and released - Naan Ee (I am a Fly) is the Tamil version title. The Hindi dubbed version Makkhi will be subsequently released.   

Sudeep's troubles have just started
Nani is fresh and jovial in a brief act
Samanta as Bindu

1 comment:

  1. Brilliantly put....dying to watch this movie. No wonder bollywood is not so excited...:P

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