Rating - 2.5/5
This film has a largely predictable storyline,dialogues,cliches,Telugu film feel(as it is an adaptation of telugu film) but narration does hold our attention during quite some scenes.This is a highly sophisicated urban film having a narration by which you may not completely relate to the characters initially.
The film is largely about the friendship between girl and boy. There are some interesting sub-plots involving career choices, romance and father-son relationship.
Analysis (First Half):
The film starts off in an interesting manner by having flash-back mode of narration. The sequence in school where Siri (Shruti) and Sridhar (Siddharth) meet and become friends is shown in a cute, entertaining manner filled with realism. So their friendship grows on towards their teenage years. They have their own aspirations and priorities in life. Sridhar (Siddharth) falls in love with Hansika Motwani (Ritu) at first sight. Though the scene is presented in a clichéd manner, the sequences presented afterwards is filled with homour.In the first half, song sequences appear in a flash and are a bit too long. Some scenes are presented well, for example, the scene where Sridhar waits for his lover and helps his father who is going through the road. I did feel some sequences lacked intensity for example where his father comes to know about his son choosing a different domain. The dialogues are refreshing and that is a major-plus in the first half. I also felt that his transition to a rock-star could have presented with some depth. If you overlook certain flaws, the first half would be moderately appealing with its homour and good performances.
Analysis (Second Half):
The second though decent drags a wee bit. There are some sequences which are convincing like Sridhar and Shruti questioned by their respective partners about their “relationship” status. People around them question them and Sridhar is forced to explain his point of view. There are lengthy dialogues at some points which could have been trimmed. Also the kissing sequences between the lead characters (Siddharth and Hansika) could have been done away with. It was a bit repetitive.
The dialogues which the father character speaks are largely natural. Overall the dialogues are largely refreshing and in tune with the given situation. Some predictable moments and dialogues could have been showcased in a different manner. There is a song where Siddharth thinks about their friendship which is appropriate. The second half drags from the point they go to the Kochin ride and till the climax.
There are some places where logic goes for a toss in second half like when the leads go to Kerala, their parents are not involved.
The songs lack some appeal and could have been better.Natpukillai Ellai sung by Simbu is in tune with the situation though I found it a bit loud. A rock song “En Dadi Packet” was just ok with convincing picturisation.Other songs were passable and were enhanced just by picturisation.
1. Shruti Hassan as Siri is natural throughout, but at times she is over the top. Shruti is also largely expressive in the intense sequences. Overall quite decent.
2. Hansika shines in a matured performance which is largely different from her previous bubbly roles. She messes up a bit in a scene where Siddharth proposes his love to her in a glass-house.
3. Navdeep is wasted in a short role, but shines whenever opportunity is presented with his mature acting skills.
4. Tanikella Bharani as Sridhar’s father gives an impressive performance and he is the soul of the film.
5. Siddharth is decent in certain sequences during the first half, though his expressions need a bit honing during serious sequences. He is a natural in scenes where he goes for rock-star auditions and his conversations with his lover.
The child artistes deserve recognition for their effortless acting performances.
Overall, though the second half was a bit engaging, a slicker version was needed. Songs could have been much better. The lengthy dialogues and predictable sequences could have been avoided. The film has its touching moments.