Little known Kollywood film Love Today turned out to be a super hit in Tamil. The film's dubbed version in Telugu is releasing on November 25, 2022. Dil Raju is presenting the new Love Today film in Telugu. Pradeep Ranganathan starred and directed the film. The film's OTT rights have been bagged by Netflix for a fancy sum.
Love Today is all about how the relations of youngsters get affected by the usage of electronic gadgets. Pradeep (Pradeep Ranganathan) who leads a happy life with his mother Saraswathi (Radhika Sarathkumar) and sister Divya (Raveena Ravi) gets attracted to a beautiful girl in his office. Pradeep decides to take his relation forward with Nikitha (Ivana) to the next level but then her father Venu Shastri (Sathyaraj), who is traditional has other ideas. To find out where this leads to and whether Pradeep is able to marry Nikitha and how he is connected to Dr Yogi (Yogi Babu), Shwetha (Akshaya Udaya Kumar), Ravi (Aajeedh Khalique), Mammootty (Navin Krubakar) from the rest of the story.
Love Today story penned by Pradeep Uttaman is all about youngsters in love and how their relationship gets affected due to electronic gadgets. Pradeep Uttaman turned his book (App)A App into a film on celluloid. Pradeep Ranganathan starts the narration in a normal manner with the boy falling in love and then trying to convince her father. Though the story offers nothing new, he generated enough humor with his dialogue and screenplay. However, over-dependence on just humor resulted in a message which could have been sent in a powerful manner. The story has a lot of loopholes and even the screenplay. After the entertaining start with to some extent racy narration in the first half, Pradeep Ranganathan loses steam in the second half and it slowly drags at a snail's pace to the climax.
But with seasoned actors like Sathyaraj, Radhika Sarathkumar, and Yogi Babu, many scenes got elevated. There are few cuss dialogues and body shaming scenes and Pradeep Ranganathan could have avoided it as they acted as speed breakers in what could have been a clean entertainer.
Pradeep Ranganathan tried his best to impress as an actor. To some extent he is fine but he has to work a lot to get his emotions and expressions right. Ivana performed well and attracted with her glamor. She is good in the climax. Sathyaraj elevated the scenes with his natural and realistic performance. Radhika Sarathkumar played the role of a typical mother. Yogi Babu managed to evoke a few laughs. Others performed according to their roles.
Dinesh Purushothaman's cinematography is good and added value to the film. Yuvan Shankar Raja's music is ok and BGM is fine. The editing of Pradeep E. Ragav is ok but could have been better as there are few repetitive scenes. Production values are good. Dil Raju's judgement should be complimented as it turned out to be right. The film with youthful, romantic and hilarious entertaining elements is proving to be a gold mine as people are enjoying the scenes on the screen in theatres.
Altogether, Pradeep Ranganathan with Love Today planned to highlight the importance of trust between partners and he decided not to become too preachy and instead entertain viewers to the core. In all the scenes, even in serious ones, he decided to include comedy thus diluting the moot point. Pradeep Ranganathan's story is ok and his screenplay and direction along with the script have many flaws. In spite of it, Pradeep Ranganathan managed to keep viewers' interests intact with hilarious elements, Due to this, movie lovers ignored the flaws and other drawbacks that are glaringly visible. Altogether Love Story has few entertaining elements and many flaws and if one ignores the flaws, one can enjoy them. For all the hype, Love Story which could have become extraordinary had the message been driven, turned out to be just ordinary. Considering all these elements, Cinejosh goes with a 2.75 rating for Love Today.