KRISHNA (2008), directed by V.V. Vinayak, starring Ravi Teja & Trisha Krishnan grossed over 110 crores at a budget of 4 crores. That's Blockbuster Hit! And as said in Tollywood, it's insanely entertaining. 'Awara(2012)' is a remake of it. So Awara's ought to be that good. And you know what? It is.
Dev smashed Box-Office records and saved his sinking image by giving a blockbuster entertainer "Khokababu" this year. Jeet, since 'Wanted' was going through his luckiest period in his career which continued till '100% love (2012)', his last movie and is intact. 'Awara' will be nothing different and will let this legacy of success transcend definitely. Houseful shows, Advance bookings, ceetess, claps, cheers - that's how AWARA started today. Today's not a weekend, only first day and Awara has owned huge collections throughout. Imagine what's gonna happen next?
AWARA is the story of Suryanarayan aka Surya (Jeet), a jobless, incompetent, jolly 'Coochbihari' boy who falls in love at first sight with Poulami (Sayantika). He comes to live with his Elder Brother & Sister-in-law in the first floor of the apartment where Poulami lives with her elder brother Madan Mohan (Kharaj Mukherjee) & sister-in-law. When Poulami goes back to her house in Kolkata where she lives with her Elder Brother (Ashish Vidyarthi), Surya follows her there and starts to live there with the help of Madan Mohan. Incidentally, Poulami also falls for Surya. Then Surya comes to know that a local mafia Tony Bharadwaj (Mukul Dev) is after Poulami and wants to marry her forcefully to take revenge on her elder brother. Will Surya be able to protect his love of life from goons and the ferocious mafia Tony? That's the journey of 'Awara Surya' filled with superior action, wholesome of drama, sweet and salty romance and mind-boggling comedy.
Rabi Kinagi this time again does well. The gem of this movie is the dialogues. Once again hats off to N.K.Salil. One liners like "Amar dadar faate... buk", "Ei prothombaar keu nishshobe amar *beep* mere gelo re", "Chhero", "Golpa kata, bel kata, chor kata - se je kata e hok, upre fele debo", "Janar Kono Sesh nei. maar khawar kono boyesh nei" etc. were hilariously awesome. Actually Bengali films nowadays works on three factors "Comedy", "Dialogues" and "Action". 'Awara' luckily has three of them perfectly. So, the crowd had a joyride throughout the movie even the total duration of the movie was near 165 minutes.
The first part was extremely entertaining. You won't come to know how 80 minutes before interval will pass out. But the second part is a bit sloppy and loses rhythm entirely. Especially the climax was full of action but seemed a bit tame and imaginative as the emotions were not right. The actions were totally grotesque and seemed impossible for a single human being to bash the goons in that outlandish manner. That needed perfection. But if you like watching Hindi dubbed south movies in Star Gold, Zee Cinema, Set Max etc., then the action scenes of AWARA are alright.
Jeet was the man of the movie. From making us terribly laugh to heat up the atmosphere with action - everything was JEET, JEET and JEET. His deadly looks, his charm, his sense of humor, his romance, his action, his wit, his conning - everything was marvelous. Sayantika is not a debutante. She looked pretty at times, but her acting skill was nothing impressive. Kharaj Mukherjee & Supriyo Dutta were hilarious. Biswajit Chakraborty & Tulika Basu were fine. Mukul Dev did a nice job as a first-timer in Bengali movies. Others like Biswanath, Subhasish, Kamalika & Ashish Vidyarthi were fine in their roles.
Jeet Ganguly & Dev Sen's music is another plus point for this movie. There are total 4 tracks in the movie and 4 of them are fabulous. Md. Kalam's editing was nice even though some scenes could have been easily removed and the movie could have been reduced to a sophisticated duration. S. Venkatesh's background music (especially the theme music in the title credits) was astonishing.
If movies like BODYGUARD, READY, BOL BACHCHAN, HOUSEFULL 2 can be massive blockbusters in Bollywood, then movies like "KHOKABABU" and "AWARA" should not face any injustice in our Tolly Industry. AWARA is mainly targeted for the masses of Kolkata and I'm sure that the 'masaaledaar' elements in the movie will make huge profits for the movie. Sensible-movie lovers are strictly advised to avoid this one. Another big factor which works wonders for the movie is 'Jeet', the charmer. So, if you want mesmerizing entertainment then AWARA is your wish. Recommended!
"Maar Gur Diye Ruti, Chini Diye Cha, Fu Diye....... Khaaa"