Dear Comrade Review & Rating|
Dear Comrade Review: Hits The Bullseye With The Target Audience
We all love you to follow your dreams and achieve whatever you want to in your life. And thanks for being in our lives and we want to stay with you in the thick and thin of life despite whatever we thought of each other. We’ll for your rights just like you fought for the same for us in the past.
Vijay Deverakonda is the superstar in the making is no understatement. He has been following a template when it comes to his films. A commercial entertainer, an new-age film, and a comparatively smaller film. Now, he comes up with Dear Comrade directed by the highly acclaimed Bharath Kamma who was known in filmmaking circles for films like Mark Prapancham (hailed as one of the beat short films in Telugu).
Joining him in his journey is Rashmika Mandanna - a second team up for them after the wildly successful Geetha Govindam. With the film releasing in all the major South Indian languages and the lead actor himself taking the promotions to the next level, the expectations and anticipation about the movie are at the peak. Let’s see if this comrade is worth giving our time and money with Dear Comrade review.
The comrade in life
Chaitanya continues the legacy of his grandfather, Comrade Suryam. Also known as Bobby, he is all awareness his name suggests and is a student leader. Anything less couldn’t be expected from the grandson of Comrade Suryam. Could we? As is the case with a Vijay Deverakonda protagonist, he’s anger personified and fights for the right without flight.
In comes is Aparna Devi aka Lilly played by the charming Rashmika Mandanna in her beat role yet. She was a childhood friend of Bobby as he discovers from an elderly woman in his vicinity and slowly romantic feelings develop between these two. He promises her that he would be with her no matter what as a comrade in life.
He plans to reveal his love for her to her parents and to take their relationship to the next level. But as we all know, his temper issues and aggressive behaviour creates problems and their relationship suffers due to it. Lilly is a state level cricket player with an aim to make it all the way. But she faces problems in her journey.
Loss of his love and the troubles he faces force our comrade to change his ways. But he couldn’t. A second chance lends him a lifeline for him and he sets out to clear the path for Lilly in her field of cricket. How he does this and of their relationship takes the logical conclusion form the rest of the story.
The Lead pair
Vijay Deverakonda is all energy. He screams using all the might of his vocal cords and the lungs full of power. He drinks like all such characters demand and smashes things in his hands when things don’t go his way like a hero of such sort should do. Seems routine? It has been becoming a pattern for Vijay Deverakonda to infuse his own character into the roles he play. Good or bad can be decided in the future, but for now, he did extremely well.
It is Rashmika who received the role of her life. Lilly is not just an ordinary love interest, she’s a player and has a self-expression. Her love for Bobby is unwavering but circumstances force her in other way. Rashmika is terrific when it comes to romantic scenes and did an okayish job in the histrionics department when it comes to emotional scenes.
She’s a bit awkward in such scenes. In the climactic portion, she failed to take the outburst scene to the next level but still, we can say, she did her best. If a similar scene happens to fall in the lap of Vijay Deverakonda, he would have been at the top of his game. None of the other actors have major roles. All of them did well as guided by the director. Shruti Ramachandran is good as heroines sister and so is Chai Bisket Suhas makes his presence felt as Bobby’s friend.
Writing and direction
The director has chosen a too classical a path for his film and the narration is deliberately paced. Whether it’s good for the film or not can be decided by the target audience but in general, in an age where everything is fast and furious, such narration needs impactful images to be successful like in the case of Arjun Reddy. It is where Bharath Kamma failed. There’s not a scene which pumps your adrenaline.
The screenplay of the film is flat. It has not many twists. Dear Comrade could well be categorised as a tale rather than a story and as such, it is a good work. For those who like to watch Malayalam films like Kumbalangi Nights, Parava, CIA, etc., Dear Comrade remains a movie to savour as such films are rarer in our language. But for those who expect an outright energetic film from Vijay Deverakonda, Dear Comrade is not the right film.
The music composed by Justin Prabhakaran is terrific. The songs come as saving grace in an otherwise dull narration. The background score complements the visuals. The cinematography by Sujith Sarang is terrific. The way he used color palettes that suit the mood of the narration is exemplary.
The editing should have been sharp with a good 30 minutes could be trimmed to make the film crisp. But then, it’d have lost its intended impact. See, for those who could sit through to the end, Dear Comrade is a rewarding experience. But for films like this to reach a wider audience...! The production design and production values are top-notch.
Dear Comrade hits the bullseye with the target audience. How big such audience depends on so many factors. Well-made and well-acted, Dear Comrade works for the most part. The only shortcomings, if we may call them, are lengthy runtime and too idealistic narration. Give it a try.
- Vijay Deverakonda in great form
- Rashmika Mandanna
- Sincere execution of core subject
- Leisurely narration
Pycker Rating: 2.75 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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one of the greatest loves stories I had seen so far... the vijay and mandanna are really make us stunned by their performances.. it's really superb
bloody fucking screen play.... waste of time... story also I didn't understand
Not a movie for everyone but those who travel with it till the end will be rewarded
Amidst huge expectations, Vijay Deverakonda starrer Dear Comrade hit the screens today. With a director who is well acclaimed for his short films, and the pair of Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna together after the sensational success of Geetha Govindam, the movie has been the talk of the town. And an unprecedented level of promotions from the makers in all four South Indian states lead from the front by Vijay D himself, Dear Comrade opened with a mixed talk. For a film of this class, it is surprising that the talk ranges from blockbuster to... of course.
The chemistry between Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna is magical. Excellent performances from both the lead actors kept the film on the track for the most part. Cliched and out-dated scenes and nearly 3-hour long runtime tests the patience of the audience. Still, according to a few early watchers, Dear Comrade has every chance of clicking with the real target audience and families may embrace it for its emotional content.
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What is Dear Comrade About?
Dear Comrade is a scream for life. Not a scream when losing a life or the anguish but to live the life one’s own way. Vijay Deverakonda who has carved a niche for himself with aggressive characters that are identifiable with the current day youth has now been coming up with another potboiler in the direction of another debut director. Bharat Kamma is not an ordinary debutant. He’s a seasoned player already in the circles of fringe cinema.
The Mythri Movie Makers latest offering is turning out to be another intense entry in the new-age films that have started to come out of Telugu Cinema. The film is about a young student leader who asks his college principal to send away who don’t belong there or else, he will have to take the matter in his hands. He is the sort of person who is angry, the quintessential angry young man right out of the 1980s in Telugu Cinema. Is he out of place? No. Certainly not.
Dear Comrade Promises
A Comrade's journey towards self-discovery
The protagonist of this film is a student leader as is evident from the trailers and promos. He’s more into action than into talking. He cannot help but take things into his hands. He has a set of radical values and he tries to live by them. He falls in love with his childhood friend who is now a state level cricket player. He also wants to talk to her parents about his liking her.
He promises her, Lily, that he’d be the comrade in her journey. But then, she’s afraid of losing him because of his aggressive ways and the dangers they pose to his life. When a comrade fights, the fight must give him comfort and freedom. The opening dialogue in the official trailer goes. But our comrade, Bobby doesn’t have both. There’s something wrong in his ways. Or he might be out of place in the current day World.
His relationship with his girl disrupts and he wonders why the love which brings so much hope and joy when it arrives, it leaves you in pain when it leaves. Lily’s parents are obviously against their match because of Bobby’s behaviour. Will he get a second chance? Will he ever utilise it?
Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna
The Geetha Govindam pair, Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna joins hands together again for this romantic drama thriller. It’s not just the success of their previous film, there’s a certain type of spark between them which is equivalent of the same for some of the most legendary on-screen pairings in Indian Cinema. Their magical chemistry promises this is going to be another memorable journey.
And as for their characters, it appears that their roles are a bit of a reversal from their previous film, GG. Here Vijay’s Bobby takes the lead more and dictates terms to an extent. It is he, who is the one that makes a promise and needs to keep it. Rashmika looks good in the role of a middle class girl and a state level cricket player with a dream to make it big.
Bharath Kamma and his team
Anyone who came across Mark Prapancham, the short film directed by Bharath Kamma know is is someone who is out there to create ripples. He’s already a seasoned technician rather than a new player who wants to make his chance count. It’s just that Bharath changed gears from short films to feature films. Justin Prabhakaran’s music has received great response already and Sujith Sarang’s cinematography created an atmosphere for the film.
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