Lover review: A formulaic romantic drama

A routine love story

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 20 July 2018

Movie Title

Lover review: A formulaic romantic drama


Annish Krishna

Star Cast

Raj Tarun, Riddhi Kumar, Posani

Raju (Raj Tarun) can fix or change any motorbike into an altogether different bike. He is an expert in automobile engineering. It was love at first sight for him when he sees a Malayalee staff nurse Charita (Riddhi Kumar) in a hospital in his hometown Ananthapur. She doesn’t love him but he still tries. One of his noble gesture melts her heart and romance blossoms between the two. But she finds that the hospital authorities are trying poison a girl at the hospital. Now a gang from Coimbatore is after Charita. Why? How does Raju save her?

Dil Raju’s recent blockbuster MCA with Nani narrating a flashback of his equation with his brother and his love life. The film was set in Warangal. The latest Lover directed by Aneesh Krishna also begins with Raj Tarun sitting on top of Gandikota narrating the incidents that began six months ago. This story is set in Ananthapur. In both the films, the brother’s role is played by Rajeev Kanakala. Both the movies begin with love tracks in the first half and the real drama is kept for the later portions. It doesn’t mean that both the movies are the same. They have the same formulaic narration is what we are stressing.

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In fact, the screenplay of Lover is quite routine and similar to umpteen old love dramas. There is hardly anything that is original. The protagonist is introduced as a modified-bike designer which is new, there is also a scene of hacking of a car engine system which was not seen before. But these two elements are used in prototype romantic thread in a regular way that makes the film quite a predictable one from start to the end.

The backdrop of Ananthapur in the first half and Kerala in the second half has added value to the scenic beauty but they have not erased the formulaic feel as the narration lacks novelty.

The heroine comes from a rich family from Kerala (her house in Aleppy is much like a resort) but works in an Andhra government hospital as a nurse. This is hardly believable.

The film is narrated with some catchy numbers. This reviewer liked three songs in particular. Best of the lot is Naalo Chilipi Kala which was shot in a hospital backdrop. Bits of this music runs throughout the movie. Adbutham song shot in Kerala is good too. The sorrow song is also effective. The film has visually pleasant and has good cinematography by Sameer Reddy. The editor should have cut excess scenes. The artwork is decent and production values are top class.

As far as acting is concerned, Raj Tarun with his ponytail appears a little bit different and has also tried Rayalaseema accent for a change. He is quite good here. Riddhi Kumar is beautiful and has also come up with decent acting. Rest of the actors from Rajeev Kanakala to Subbaraju to Ajay, all have got stock characters and they have done regular acting. Sachin Khedekar is wasted in an inconsequential role.

Director Aneesh Krishna’s writing is bad here.

Lover is quite routine romantic drama with formulaic scenes. Despite some ‘dhum’ in the second half, it never comes into the groove and ends up giving a dreary feel.

Lover review: 2.25/5

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