After a BIG miss, commercial telugu cinema “Sankranti” has arrived! For not so good reasons, “Evadu” has been in the news, and the expectations haven’t been very good for several reasons.
During the half break, some body was saying that ‘it seems like two films for one ticket!’ Though the guy’s tone was demeaning, I think the filmmakers should feel it as a compliment, as they finally came out winners, even after narrating ‘two stories’.
Though the film reminds us of many local and foreign films, it still satisfies you at the end, with a typical commercial telugu cinema logic.
Story; screenplay: The idea is definitely a “Face Off” take off, but with a telugu twist. It is difficult to talk about this story without revealing the plot, yet, it is a story of a man killed by a goon for his girl. But the man is not exactly dead, thanks to a reconstruction expert doctor. So the man comes back as a new person and hunts his culprits. This is the first half. The second half is the story of his ‘new face’ and how he deals with its identity and history.
Stories that reveal the purpose and targets of the hero in the beginning of the film are difficult to handle screenplay wise. The task is even more difficult if these ‘targets’ are met by the hero within the first half itself. Yet the writers team of this film has achieved the task of keeping viewers interested till the end of the film. The second half is the more content filled, image driven, full of mass elements part of the film.
Direction: Vamshi Paidipalli comes with a background, track record of enough hype, and he doesn’t disappoint. Some may complain of lack of entertainment in the film, but any more of it, other than what is there already in it, may have spoiled the mood and character strength of the lead actor. Though the director doesn’t offer us anything new, he was impressive in the last twenty minutes of the film. The scene where both the lead actors are killed was handled very well, also the scene where Jaya Sudha brings Charan back to the basti is commendable.
Acting: Vamshi Paidipalli has elicited sufficient performances from all actors… Jaya Sudha, Sai Kumar, LB Sriram and Ram Charan himself stand out. Sai Kumar seems to have had his younger brother Ravi Kishore in his mind during particular scenes. LB’s role too is a repeat of sorts though it fits this film quite perfectly. Kajal Agarwal and Allu Arjun in their brief roles make us wish for more of them. Amy Jackson, Shruti Haasan are adequate. Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore try their best to provide some lighter moments in this otherwise serious film. Ram Charan has delivered good performance in the second half as a free spirited youth.
Songs, Music: Devi Sri Prasad’s background score is good. Songs “Freedom..” and “Dimple, Pimple…”are good.
Overall: The “Magadheera” success is almost always attached to Rajamouli and rarely to Ram Charan, so Charan was always looking for his own genuine hit. His search and waiting can be termed over with this film. Detractors might still say that this film has shades of many previous films, but as an organic whole, “Yevadu” succeeds, and nothing succeeds like success!
This film can be termed more of a screenplay success. The emotional strength of Rajamouli’s “Chatrapati” first half is successfully replicated in the second-half of this film. After “Ramyya Vastavayya”, many persons were saying that ‘Dil’ Raju seems to have lost his flair, but he proves them wrong again. He reaffirms his ground as one of those rare breed producers who know the pulse of public, who can carefully work and bring it into their films, wait for the right time to bring out his product… all marks of a winner!
Call this one time watch, or just for fans… this doesn’t disappoint too much.
The film is releasing in Tamil and Malayalam as well, wait and watch this space for reports on how it fared there.
Rating: 3 out of 5