Oxygen Review: Entire first half runs on flimsy sequences
This Gopichand starrer is like watching two films on a single ticket
Thursday 30 November 2017
A. M. Jyothi Krishna
Gopichand, Raashi Khanna, Anu Emmanuel, Jagapati Babu, Shaam, Chandra Mohan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sayaji Shinde, Abhimanyu Singh, Avantika Vandanapu, Jayan Prabhakar, Thagubothu Ramesh, Sithara, Sudha
Krishna Prasad (Gopichand) who comes to marry the daughter of businessman Raghupathi (Jagapathi Babu) finds that she is not entirely interested in marriage. After couple of songs and many teasing episodes, she (Raashi Khanna) agrees to marry him but then she comes to know the real Krishna Prasad. He has not come to marry her but to take revenge. Who really is Krishna Prasad? What his is mission? Why has he come to her home?
Director A M Jyothi Krishna debuted with Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu a decade and half ago and later made two more movies but he is known for his debut movie that had Tarun, Shriya and Trisha and also hit music from Rehman. The director took a huge gap to make another one and his latest is Oxygen that features Gopichand.
The film was launched with much fanfare in 2015 but it ran into many financial issues and was stuck in the cans for long time.
The crux of Oxygen is about an operation called "Oxygen". Hero Gopichand, a military officer, takes this operation to root out the illegal business of lethal cigarettes that cause severe cancer quickly which are being circulated all over India. The cigarette packs doesn't carry the name of manufacturer. How this military officer finds out the manufacturer, and why the hero chose the issue is told in a regular commercial manner. While watching the entire first half of the movie, you don't get the whiff of the actual story because the writer-director has stored this for the post-interval. The entire first half is filled up with silly and outdated romantic episodes on Gopichand and Raashi Khanna which is tiresome.
Comedian Ali's comedy, which reeks of 1990's, induces further boredom. However, the interval bang is interesting though it was seen in recent commercial entertainers. The second half is handled far better but it doesn't make us feel for the hero's mission. There is a huge flaw in the narration. The so-called emotional scenes are also handled in a mechanical manner. The lofty social message - kaala market of lethal-cigarettes, is lost in this din of old-style mass sequences.
Gopichand is okay. Jagapathi Babu has got different and meaty character. Raashi Khanna's role and her performance is a bore. Anu Emmanuel's character reminds us of Asin in Ghajini. Brahmaji, Shaam and Abhimanyu Singh as Jagapathi's brothers make their presence felt.
Cinematography (Chota K Naidu and Vetri) and production values are decent. Music is huge let down except the melodious romantic duet "Telusa Manasa". Editing is bad.
As writer and director, Jyothi Krishna has shown his mark in some episodes in the second half, but his screenplay is too clichéd.
This Gopichand starrer is like watching two films on a single ticket. The entire first half runs on flimsy sequences. While the second half is handled fairly better but by then we lose all interest in the movie. Uneven narration is a major issue.
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Fun filled 1st off with interesting pre-intervel twist.
2nd half emotional with decent fights
My rating: 3/5