Pelli Choopulu Review, What’s Behind: Very rarely do we see some films made on meager budgets with light star cast and new technical crew making big and positive pre release buzz. Confidence of makers is plainly exhibited when they have arranged a bunch of preview shows sketching a new promotional campaign. ‘Pelli Choopulu’ is one film we are talking all this about. Directed by Daasyam Tharun Bhascker with Vijay Devarakonda, Ritu Varma as main leads, let’s go directly into the remaining analysis portions.
Pelli Choopulu Story: A good for nothing graduated guy who takes everything in life very lightly is Prashanth (Vijay Devarakonda). Worried with son’s bizarre decisions, Prashanth’s father decided to get him married and arranges a Pelli Choopulu. They land up seeing another girl Chithra (Ritu Varma) in a mistaken Pelli Choopulu where Prashanth and Chithra share common interests and goals in life thus bringing a special affinity. Though either of them is interested for marriage at this point of time, destiny joins them together when they take a common assignment to succeed with a start up business in mobile food court.
Pelli Choopulu Artists and Technicians: To start from, there’s nothing great as you read in the above storyline or any out-of-the-world screenplay. Yet, what makes PC entertaining is the refreshing treatment with a fresh casting team and enthusiastic technical crew. Tharun Bhascker exploited the whole premise with new fangled dialogue writing blending typical Telangana or say Hyderabad dialect wonderfully. The way he made whole young team work collectively in rolling out this feel good entertainer is worth appreciative. There are a few drawbacks in second half which might dissolve its overall success range but Tharun Bhascker surely came out with flying colors. His story narration abilities are too good and effortless. Direction wise, he showed maturity in handling the budget by using sync sound technology thus eliminating the costs in post production phase. Vivek Sagar’s musical score isn’t exceptional but RR is damn good. Nagesh Banell’s camera work added the required brightness and colorful glee on the screen. Raviteja Girijala’s editing is also a supreme work but second half needed a little bit trimming. Producers Raj Kandukuri and Yash Rangineni supported by Suresh Babu believing in this young and fresh lot investing needful resources is a promising, encouraging move for more fresh people to take cinema as main stream profession.
About artists, Vijay who grew familiar with ‘Yevade Subramanyam’ showed an admirable ease in getting up to the skin of Prashanth character. We look more of a boy-next-door in Vijay which should help him grow rapidly in near future. His dialogue accent, lazy body language showed the passion towards characterization. Ritu Varma got a meaty role to perform and she really stole the show. Somewhere we find shades of Roopa from ‘Anand’ in Chithra, the independent and modern day girl attitude. More importantly, romantic-comedy track between Vijay and Ritu is the basic lifeline which kept audience engaged. Vijay’s friend character done by Priyadarshin is a laughter riot. Every time he appears on screen, we blast into laughs. In fact, he lifted the clichéd, falling second half graph with one episode before pre climax. Anish Kuruvilla was good as a dignified and selfish in-law. Everyone among rest including Nandu and other artists appeared so realistic.
Pelli Choopulu Rating Analysis: Definitely, PC is not a regular film which we come across very often. There’s a familiar plot and procedural screenplay but Tharun Bhascker made it sweeter with his atypical making style. Right from penning the characters to designing the whole urban backdrop or sketching the narration path, he showed a special mark which many of the amateurs find a lot to learn. There’s lot of sincerity and team work visible. This honesty aspect made everyone in Telugu film industry to raise their heads and take a look at this product.
First half is totally side splitting. Introduction of Vijay and Ritu’s family was more of nativity centric. Then sharing each of their back-stories including education, love, break ups and future aspirations connect well with current generation audience. Tharun cleverly added contemporary material like Youtube channels, food businesses etc fulfilling the requirements of youth. Interval isn’t so mind blowing but acceptable on any norms.
Troubles brew in second half when seriousness creeps in with many inspirations of ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ felt. The simplicity and soothing flow felt in first half suddenly becomes lethargic. With lot more predictability killing the overall feel, audience are made to wait for climax to down the curtains. Uniting the love birds through a FM channel is moderately new and rest was just a ritual.
All in all, ‘Pelli Choopulu’ had all the quality attributes needed for a film to work well in multiplexes in Telugu states and Overseas. Promising talents like Tharun Bhascker, Vijay Devarakonda, Priyadarshin well get their confidence boosted. Cinejosh stands first to encourage such genuine and close to heart films. So, here we go with 3 stars wishing entire PC team a very all the best.
Pelli Choopulu Cinejosh Verdict: Fresh, Contemporary Rom-Com
Pelli Choopulu Cinejosh Rating: 3.0/5.0
Reviewed by Srivaas