Krishna and His Leela is one of those smaller films that has been making a lot of noise in one way or the other since its inception. Could have been released in the theatres long ago or targeted a direct OTT release (SPOILER: a few portions of the film appears like a short film shot on above average production values).
Touted as a modern day love story set in an urban world, Krishna and His Leela is directed by Ravikanth Perepu who previously delivered a film like Kshanam. This is a good change of pace for him but he appeared right at home handling the confusing character trait of the lead actor. Now, let’s jump into Krishna and His Leela review to know if this film is worth the time you spend on it (as you’re not bothered by the hassle of going to theatres).
The story we all know
Krishna is a youngster you know. You know because the story of the film is as old as the genre itself. He falls in love with a girl called Satya, played by the excellent Shraddha Srinath. But their romance is short lived as they breaks up (no spoiler). After all, She’s Satya... Satyabhama (if you can get that reference. Phase One is over.
Krishna’s next line of romance is with Radha, and it is handled in a more mature way as he has grown in personality with the passage of time. But Krishna being Krishna (take the in-your-face reference), he gets into contact with Satya and rekindles his feelings. Hes’s now confused. Not as much as the confusing characterization of Allu Arjun’s Arya in Arya 2 though. How it all ends well for all three parties form the rest of the story.
Writing and Characters
The biggest plus point of this film is it’s launching sequence. The first breakup episode is effectively narrated and the way Shraddha Srinath creates an impression on us makes the sequence a memorable part of the film. Well begun is half done and the entire first half moves along at a smooth pace. The interval block is well executed (I mean to say, if it’s a theatrical release). That would have helped the film better if it’s a theatrical release as the feeling would have sunk in that 15 minutes break.
But the second half is where the film goes haywire just like the last week’s Penguin. The execution is neat as the director has a good grip on the proceedings but the routineness of the subject gets on to our nerves. And the relentlessness of the confusion of the lead actor over who he should choose also makes it a tedious watch every now and then. There are a lot of dialogues and a few of them are memorable. But subtlety could have worked better.
Now, the lead actor Siddhu Jonnalagadda who co-wrote the film with Ravikanth Perepu (same thing happened for the director in Kshanam too) has given himself a role which suited him to the T. He just behaved as Krishna and his body language in three states of mind is inch-perfect. His dialogue delivery is spot on and his timing with his expressions is good.
Shraddha Srinath is superb in the film and lights up the screen (no, this writer didn’t use high screen brightness) with her scintillating performance. But she’s not your typical Tollywood heroine who looks strikingly beautiful. Her personality grows on you with each passing scene and it is how she makes an impact on the audience.
The third pillar of this urban triangular love story is Shalini Vadnikatti. She’s neat as Radha and delivered a demure performance. One cannot choose who among the three leads is better in their respective roles. The credit goes to the direction of the film. Seerat kapoor makes her presence felt but is not as good as the others. Sampath is decent in a few scenes.
But what marred an otherwise a cool and breezy romance drama is the inconsistency in the screenplay. The scenes look organic and the actors make the right impression but except for the opening fifteen minutes, the film lacks punch. Also, the climax is as old as some of the peaks in the Vindhya ranges. Phew!
The music of the film scored by Sricharan Pakala is trendy and sounds are chirpy. The songs are good and one song is well placed at the right moment. The cinematography is... well where the film is compromised. The lighting is inconsistent and the visuals lacked the vibrance required of a film of this genre. The production values are okayish and the editing is inconsistent.
Inconsistent is the word that comes to my mind summing this film up. Though it moves along at a nice pace and is not too long, majority of the mid portion of the film makes for a tedious watch. That’s not to say the film is unwatchable but would have made it a classic if the screenplay is tightened up. Now, it’s a one time watch. Krishna is all right but his Leela is nowhere to be scene.