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Orange review: No freshness here

Movie:
Orange
Director:
Bhaskar
Cast:
Ram Charan, Genelia, Shajan Padamsee, Prabhu, Pavitra Lokesh, Brahmanandam, Manjula, Sanjay Swaroop, Pooja, Gayatri, Madhurima, Nagababu, Vennela Kishore, and others
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After the monstrous hit Maghadeera, fans expected director Bhaskar to give them the next big blockbuster.

But Orange falls flat.

The director's attempt to answer the big question - Is love forever? - is shorn off emotional quotient.

The story begins in Sydney. Ram (Ramcharan), a graffiti artiste, has a lopsided view of love and believes in hopping on from one relationship to another.

Images: 'Orange based on real life incidents' | Charan: The new style icon

He meets Jaanu (Genelia), his college-mate, and succeeds in wooing her. But, the poor girl, who has so many dreams about love, soon realises that Ram is just not the right guy for her: He is like a machine when it comes to matters of the heart!

From this point onwards, the clash of their ideas about love crops up. What is the fate of love between a couple with contradictory views? That forms the crux of the film.

Ramcharan looks handsome with his cool looks. His dialogue delivery is impressive - A huge improvement from his earlier two films. However, his image as a lover boy in the film jars. His dances, as usual, are great.

Images: Ram Charan, Genelia in Orange | Ram Charan's Orange

Genelia is a just ok. The script says that the girl pines for a romantic lover, but it doesn't come through on screen.

Shazahn Padamsee is a big relief thanks to her fresh looks and graceful performance.

Prakash Raj is so-so. The comedy by Brahamandam turns monotonous. The talents of Vennela Kishore fade out. Though a short role, Nagababu could make his presence felt. You barely notice the other characters.

There is no freshness in the story. A boy with a cold approach towards love being charmed by a cute beauty is not a new theme. The screenplay is jaded. The narration is boring from start to finish.

The saving grace is the songs and music by Harris Jayaraj. But even they cannot lift the spirits of the crowds.

In spite of Ramcharan's good dialogue-delivery, the lines refuse to stand out. Lack of good comedy is a big minus point, despite the presence of Brahmanandam and Srinivas Avasarala.

Watching some scenes, one would presume that Bhaskar is influenced by Gautham Menon (Look out for the silent and "cool" shots between the lovers).

Cinematography is flawless. The stunts are good, but appear in out-of-place situations. Editing is jumpy, leading to further confusion in the plot.

Verdict: Disappointing

 

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