Oopiri review: A heart-warming drama

Oopiri review: A heart-warming drama

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Thursday 31 March 2016

Movie Title

Oopiri review: A heart-warming drama


Vamsi Paidipally

Star Cast

Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannaah, Prakash Raj

A billionaire Vikram Aditya (Nagarjuna) runs a business empire although he is quadriplegic. Leading life on a wheelchair, he wants to have a caregiver who can be trustworthy and energetic. After interviewing many, with the help of his secretary (Tamannaah) he picks up a guy with 'mass attitude' Sreenu (Karthi) for this job. Sreenu moves in to Vikram Aditya’s residence. With his good nature, jest for life and adventure, Sreenu changes the life of Vikram Aditya and becomes this billionaire’s mate. Along the journey some turns, and some flashbacks are also revealed.

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Based on French film The Intouchables (2011), Oopiri tells the story of two people belonging to two different strata of society coming to know the real essence of life and celebrating it. While the original movie is focused on the relationship between an aristocratic Parisian and a black immigrant, the story of Oopiri centers on a rich Telugu guy and a local Hyderabadi guy.

The story and the screenplay is changed slightly by director Vamshi Paidipally and writers team to suit the tastes of the Telugu audiences but the main plot and spirit has remain the same.

The beauty of the story lies in the situations that develop the camaraderie between the two individuals who have nothing in common. Plenty of humour is created between them. The film grows on as the story progresses.

Many scenes stand out in the film… 

  1. The scene where Karthi’s sister finds the real side of him when Tanikella Bharani comes to their home. 
  2. The painting sequence is hilarious and intelligent.  
    3. Nagarjuna meeting the special person in his life in Paris in the second half 
    4. The climax moments

Nagarjuna as an actor is becoming better as time goes by. In Manam, we had seen the mature performance of Nagarjuna. Two years later we are seeing him in this beautiful act as a quadriplegic. A tough job indeed, but he has pulled it off well.

The movie is about Nag and Karthi. And Karthi scores well. He is the strength to this emotional ride. Karthi in his first straight Telugu film gives his best in this role which has required him to show the variations of a guy from a less privileged background in the beginning of the story and high maturity as the story progresses. He is exceptional in emotional sequences. He has also got his Telugu right.

Tamannaah is beautiful and she is good. Prakash Raj, Kalpana and Jayasudha the seasoned actors have excelled. Prakash Raj appears in brief time but he has once again shown what a matured actor he is. Anushka, Gabriella Demetriades and Adivi Sesh appear in brief credible roles.

The movie is drenched in rich frames. Cinematographer P S Vinod captures the nature in all its beauty, he lends the mood of the movie when Nagarjuna is discovering life other than the suffocating environs of his palace. The movie was shot in Paris and Belgrade. Gopi Sundar’s music is soothing and carries the mood. “Okate Life..” song is beautiful. A crispier editing would have been better.

The film has some beautiful lines written by Abburi Ravi and Hari. Director Vamsi Paidipally has grown as a director with this movie. Known for directing action dramas with big heroes, he has shown his command over sentimental scenes and humor. He has brought out the best performances, and maintains the film’s story on a right balance between comedy and sentiments - he has done the best. As a director, he has strengthened his position. This is his best work to date.

Oopiri is a heart-warming drama with many soothing and highly emotional moments.

Oopiri review: 3.75 stars

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