30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela Review & Rating
30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela? Review: Listless Fare Wasted Talent
Pradeep Machiraju is one of the most recognised television anchors in Telugu. In fact, he is a guy whose fan following and image among the youth are higher than some of the younger generation heroes. With such a fan background, it is no wonder that he is drawn towards the world of cinema and duly received an offer which became 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela? The film which should have been released early last year was postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As with several other films (both big and small), the Munna directorial also received several OTT offers. Early offers are very high as the buzz surrounding this Amritha Aiyer co-starrer is so huge, courtesy Pradeep’s craze and the chartbuster song Neeli Neeli Aakasam. But later, as we described here, with the debacle Amazon faced with V the Movie, and the failure of some relatively high budget movies, led to the offered amounts going down. Whatever, the makers waited till the theatres were opened and now, we have seen it.
So, how good is the film? Is the wait justified? The hype surrounding it is well placed? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions with 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela? review.
The sorry… er Story
As promised from the beginning the story of the movie is something different. But being different doesn’t mean being good. Right? The movie starts with the narration of an elderly man (a swamiji?). We’re then introduced to our lead pair in the pre-independence era. Immediately we have our favourite chartbuster rolling out on the screen. Soon, the scene shifts to the present day and a college.
So, when it’s college, either our hero (again Pradeep in a super suspense moment) should be a lecturer (no - as the hero is relatively young) or a student. Means, all the college related comedy scenes and such silly stuff. Then we get introduced to our heroine who is also Amritha Aiyer (super suspense). As usual with our most creative love stories, they both quarrel with each other before love happens. In a sudden twist just before the interval, both their bodies get interchanged.
As both the early pre-independence pair and this new pair are played by the same actors, we know it’s a reincarnation saga (super suspense). Do we need to say how it all ends?
Pradeep Machiraju is excellent in both roles. While he’s all energy as a college going youngster, he’s equally great as a village youth from the past in the first-life scenes. He emoted well. His histrionics are spot on. Mandatory dances are good. He has great ease (else, how could he be so successful as an anchor?). He has given everything for nothing as the characterisations in both sequences are not cooked well.
Ditto with Amritha Aiyer. She’s a raw beauty. Her acting is very natural. Her screen presence has a subtle handsomeness. The way she tried to carry a listlessly written role till the end proves she has a great future if she’s given proper roles. She can be the next Nabha Natesh. Rest of the actors did justice to their roles to varying levels.
Writing and direction
There is nothing to write about the direction. The narration started very well in an intriguing manner. But once the present day scenes come out, we can sense this is going to be a tedious watch. There isn’t an intriguing or interesting scene there after. The romantic thread which should have formed the backbone of the movie ended up very dry. He depended on useless comedy for the most part. Though the interval bang and the major twist in the movie are far fetched, the execution could have made this film an interesting watch. Alas! Okay! Use your own expletives.
The music is good. The background score is also equally decent. The cinematography is a big highlight. The present day scenes are vibrant and the visuals are peppy. The editing is... okay! What is the highest score of T. Natarajan in first class cricket?). The art department did a fine job. Production values are lavish.
We’re not going to say Pradeep did well, the heroine is superb, you can watch for her. No. Spending more than 100 bucks with the petrol price hitting 100 rupees a litre... is it wise? Right, take your own decision. Could have been an okay-ish watch on OTTs, but not a film that deserves a talent like Pradeep. Better luck next time brother!
Rating: 2 out of 5
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