Cast: Raj Tarun, Avika Gor, Ravi Varma, Anita, Punarnavi Bhupalam, Peela Gangadhar, Alluri Hanuma, Kireeti Dammaraju etc.
Music: Sunny MR
Camera: Vishwa D.B.
Art: S. Ravindar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Presented by: Daggubati Suresh Babu
Screenplay: Virinchi Varma, Ram Mohan & Raj Tarun
Story – dialogues – direction: Virinchi Varma
Producers: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Rammohan P.
Release date: 25 December 2013
Except the well planned, big people associated hype for the movie, everything about “Uyyaala Jampaala” is quite simple and qute. This is as unpretentious as telugu film could get in the recent years. Producer Ram Mohan’s earlier films “Ashta Chemma” and “Golkonda High School” too dealt with very limited subject areas. Like the precursors, “Uyyaala Jampaala” too stays within its boundaries, yet stays true to its content.
A very simple line this, boy and girl – Bava and Maradalu – grow up together fighting each other every day. After a while, the girl first and then the boy realize that their fighting is a way of love they have for each other coming out disguised thus. How this realization comes and what they do after, the impediments they face, form the final catastrophic events in this miniature world. “Nuvve Kavali” is on your mind? Definitely the template for this movie, with the difference that the 2000 release is a stronger dose of emotions with much better music, resulting in finally bigger collections too.
New comer Raj Tarun impresses almost entirely. His easy body language and natural dialogue delivery will definitely take him a long way in the future. Hope he wouldn’t fall into the stereotype roles, commercial box office requirements, and sticks true to his ‘boy next door’ appearance and acting. Avika Gaur aka ‘Umadevi’, though a newcomer, is a pro at acting. As the ‘Balikavadhu’/ ‘chinnari pellikooturu’ of the TV world, she has a huge following, and impresses in this new avatar as the innocent, gullible, cute village belle. Her only drawbacks in comparison with Raj Tarun (visible in the pre-climax events) is perhaps a result of her being a non-native speaker of the language.
Ravi Varma as the girl’s father too impresses, his dialogue modulation surprisingly real. Punarnavi and Peela Gangadhar shine in their respective roles.
The camera by Vishwa DB and music by Sunny MR (of “Swami Ra Ra”) are perfect. Martand Venkatesh’s editing in the second half seems to falter a bit, the screenplay itself might be the bigger culprit, yet the seasoned editor could have advices the newcomer director better.
Virinchi Varma, the debutant director impresses on the whole, though the second half portion falters on many counts. As a writer, he looked confused after the portion where Uma’s father severs ties with Suri’s family. The attempts to get Uma’s photo are funny but lack logic, after Uma’s engagement, Uma’s behavior borders on silliness and inconsistent. The clear and obvious attempts to apportion “Nuvve Kavali”s screenplay structure and emotional intensity seem to have played heavily on the filmmakers minds. But the final sequence.… Uma drugging the groom, Suri’s realization and revealing his love to Uma come as a better, natural conclusion to this attempt.
The Bhogam dance portions early in the film, the ‘lapak lapak’ song, and the illicit affair scene of the Uncle in quick succession presented a scare of the film running into a different zone. The film could have happily done away with such crass commercialism.
The dialogs written by the director himself stay true to the life and affairs being presented. Raj Tarun’s rendering of his dialogues revealing his love to his ‘maradalu’ come so naturally and with the requisite intensity that it adds a new depth to the events till then.
On the whole, the newcomer writer director should be commended for his choice of and conviction in his subject.
The freshness of the film should definitely work in its advantage at the box office. People who have been complaining at the lack of novelty in Telugu cinema should definitely give this a try.
Rating: 3 out of 5
review by Raghu