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Ulavacharu Biryani review: Has the right ingredients but lacks punch

Movie:
Ulavacharu Biryani
Director:
Prakash Raj
Cast:
Prakash Raj,
Sneha,
Tejas,
Samyuktha Hornad,
Brahmaji,
M S Narayana,
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Ulavacharu Biryani as the title denotes, refers to the delicacies of Andhra Pradesh. Prakash Raj who remade Malayalam film Salt and Pepper in three languages simultaneously, chose this title for the Telugu version. This is second directorial venture for him in Telugu after Dhoni (2012).

Ulavacharu Biryani starring Prakash Raj and Sneha in the lead roles is not about food or the story of a chef as the title may suggest. It is basically a love story of two lonely unmarried people who are past their prime 'marriageable' age.

Prakash Raj is a foodie. He has been too busy to get married. Sneha is a dubbing artiste who is happy with her work and has given little thought about being single. Food is a topic that they both love. They become friends over a phonecall much like youngsters these days.

Unknowingly, this friendship goes a step further and they fall in love. The rest of the story is about what happens when they meet face to face? Will the bells chime? Well, we won?t tell you, watch the film for that.

The film does have its moments, but there is no flavor. We have seen films where the leading pair find solace in different things. Food is probably the unique factor here. For instance, the leading lady, who is in a bad mood, is all perked up when she recalls how her mother fed her dosas.

The lead pair has similar characterizations. They yell at the same time. They are together even when they are not with each other. Such is their love.

Performance-wise Sneha has done a good job. She fits the role like a glove. Though in the second half she is not all that convincing. Prakash raj is convincing. Like always he has given a good show. Tejus and Samyuktha Hornad give a decent performance. M S Narayana and Brahmi are good in their respective roles.

Ilayaraja?s music does offer the right garnish for this dish. But what?s the use of good music when the main dish itself lacks substance? The climax is a tad stretched. Dialogues lack the necessary punch.

Though this film has all the right ingredients, the recipe (read storyline) is not good enough. A better preparation would have made a lot of difference.

With performers like Prakash Raj and Sneha, and music by Ilayaraja, this film doesn?t pass muster.

Verdict: Average watch

 

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