Saturday 12 August 2006
Siddardh, Genelia, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Ravi Varma, Chitram , Sunil, Tanikella Bharani
Bommarillu is different in its presentation and Bhaskar?s terrific screenplay which is fresh and invigorating. The story is not borrowed or inspired and it will surely go down in the annals of Telugu cinema as a trendsetter as a feel-good family fare sans any vulgarity or violence. No villains, no skin show, no crass comedy and no punch lines. Bhaskar?s script is the real hero with good camerawork of Vijay Chakravarthy and some amazing song picturisation in Germany.
Siddhu (Siddharth) is a nice guy, bright and intelligent brought under the guidance of his strict disciplinarian father Raghava (Prakash Raj). Raghava is a sort of dictator who decides everything right from his code of dress to the way he should behave and talk. They all live in a happy joint family with a demure mother (Jayasudha), daughters, an elder son and his family.
Raghava the over-bearing father that he is, fixes Siddhu?s wedding though our hero?s only desire in life is that he wants to decide his future and the girl he marries! A frustrated Sidhu bumps into Hasini (Genelia) a vibrant, hyperactive, innocent girl, daughter of a middle class employee of a temple (Kota). They soon fall in love but Raghava is emotionally disturbed when he comes to know about it. He feels that it is Siddhu?s infatuation and asks him to bring Hasini to their house and stay for a week.
Hasini comes to live in Siddhu?s house and wins over each and every family member but in a turn of events she leaves his home and how the lovers unite in the end forms the rest of the story. Right away you sympathize with Sidhu and the complex relationship that he shares with his father. Bhaskar has brilliantly weaved the love between Siddhu and Hasini in a cute manner.
Bommarillu< brings a smile on your face as well as tears in your eyes. The scene stealer is Genelia with her innocent looks and cute mannerisms. She does not overact and we just fall in love with her character. Genelia looks like a dream in chic skirts and is the life of the party and raises the bar of the film. Her voice dubbed by Savitha is a plus point. Siddhu is adorable as the cool dude and has come out with a mature performance especially the climax confrontation scenes with Prakash Raj, where he breaks down and spills all the frustrations that he was carrying over years. Watch him meld effortlessly from a casual sangfroid to utter seriousness. Hats off Siddhu!
Prakash Raj as usual proves that he is an indispensable actor in such roles. Rest of the supporting cast like Jayasudha, Sunil, Kota are all good. All the songs are hummable especially the theme song. On the downside, the film is a little too long at 2 hrs 48 min.
Bommarillu is a triumph of honest screenplay. Bhaskar has crafted a movie that will stay in our hearts for a long, long time.