Review: Pelli Choopulu
Cast: Ritu Varma, Vijay Deverakonda
Producer: Raj Kandukuri, Yash Rangineni, Vinoothna Geetha
Director: Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam
Chitra (Ritu Varma) is a strong independent woman battling to be a successful entrepreneur with her food truck idea against to her conventional father’s will to get her married. And on the other part of the world Prashanth (Vijay Devarakonda) is a slack happy-go-lucky engineer dreaming of becoming a chef but ending up fit for nothing.
Even his father decides to get him married and that is how Prashanth’s family lands up in Chitra’s house as part of the ‘Pelli Choopulu’. Due to a problematic door, Prashanth & Chitra get locked up in a room and that is where they get to know each other’s dreams, aspirations and past love stories. But only at the end of their conversation, Prashanth’s family realizes that they have come to the wrong place. What happened to Chitra & Prashanth, their dreams and lastly their blossoming relationship forms the rest of the plot.
Vijay Devarakonda: Remember this guy who wanted to go to Dhood Kashi and bugged Nani in Yevade Subramanyam? This talented chap has utilized every opportunity that came his way and continues to shine as Prashanth in Pelli Choopulu. Many of us will relate to his character in the film, especially his body language, dialogues with the typical Hyderabadi accent. Few scenes with his co-stars were hilarious too!
Ritu Varma: This gorgeous actress was a head-turner in the role of Chitra. She was cute, contemporary and elegant in her presence and portrayal and there is always scope for improvement as an actor.
Industry gets a new comedian called Kaushik – you’ll enjoy his Telangana accent and comedy! The other supporting cast was purposeful and brilliant.
We have seen many films, love stories and specifically romantic comedies of all kinds but how many of them are that cute, honest and bracing in terms of storytelling? Pelli Choopulu stands apart right from the very first frame. It is the story of a boy and girl next door naturally contrasting but with a common point! By the time you are relishing the first half, it breaks for intermission leaving you rooting for the characters, their resentment and importantly their story.
What do you expect from such a well-staged first half? Obviously an equally good second half or a second half that can scale it to new heights (that too if you’re over-expecting)! On an honest note, it is engaging (predictable is a cliché again) enough but it could have been more heartening only if it was dramatically rooted. And the climax leaves you wanting for more!
This Pelli Choopulu album is catchy, foot-tapping yet refreshing. Unlike the routine, all the songs were beautifully blended with the narrative. But what stands apart is Vivek Sagar’s back ground score that has the feel of a fresh evening breeze and aroma of a just brewed filter coffee which adds a different tone and dimension to an ordinary narrative.
The best part is that director Tarun Bhascker played with his strength – a simple, fun-filled engaging narrative with a breezy treatment. And by the way the chemistry between the lead pair completely goes for a toss but looks like it is a deliberate attempt by Tarun to prove that a good love story doesn’t always need a sparkling chemistry!
Screenplay and fresh treatment
Well-etched characters and decent performances
Fun and comedy (few hilarious scenes) that is blended well into the narrative
Music and background score
Editing and Runtime (just around 2hrs)
Over simplified second half
It is one cool, contemporary & refreshing ‘Pelli Choopulu’ we don’t get to watch often. This romantic comedy is enjoyable with either friends or family or even both! However, with such adorable characters, setup and refreshing treatment, it could have been a memorable love story but it rather remains to be an over simplified tale! Still cheers to its innocence, freshness and all the entertainment.