S S Rajamouli’s midas touch works once again. His latest film Eega is a stunning piece of work which catapults his fame as a maverick director to even greater heights.
Eleven years; eight hits including films like Simhadri, Vikramarkudu and Magadheera; 100% success rate; that’s S S Rajamouli’s track record so far and once again he smashes a home run with his latest film Eega.
Can this maverick director ever go wrong? We don’t know yet. His latest film Eega is a brilliant team effort and it’s bound to keep tongues wagging for quite sometime. The most amusing part of the film is how Rajamouli transforms a simple revenge drama into a spectacular experience in which we end up rooting for a housefly!
We are introduced to the film’s three principal characters – Sudeep (Sudeep), a businessman whose lust for women brings him face to face with Nani (Nani). Bindhu (Samantha) works at an NGO and Nani tries his best to impress her. Just before Bindhu confesses her love for Nani, Sudeep kills him. Nani is reborn as a fly and the rest of the film is about how the fly avenges his death in the previous life. It may be an age old storyline, but what really works wonders for the film is the characterisation of the fly.
S S Rajamouli’s film and he deserves all the applause for pushing the envelope even higher with Eega
Nani and Samantha’s onscreen chemistry sets the right tone for the film. The film’s biggest achievement is that it makes us forget that we are cheering for a CGI creation. Rajamouli’s Eega has a lot of spunk, it can communicate with Bindhu with great ease and express its emotions like a human being. Rajamouli treats it with care and at no point are we given the scope to ridicule the concept of the film. For almost ninety minutes, the rivalry between the fly and Sudeep takes centrestage which encompass most of the film’s finest moments. The fly irritates Sudeep to no end and the way it does all that is quite innovative. Sudeep is a revelation in the film and he holds our attention throughout the film.
The film scores high in terms of technical aspects as well. Right from M M Keeravani’s stunning background score, Senthil’s cinematography to Makuta’s top notch VFX, everything falls in place for the film. Ultimately, it’s an S S Rajamouli’s film and he deserves all the applause for pushing the envelope even higher with Eega. A master storyteller that he is, a film like Eega would have required a director with a lot of passion and commitment to deliver something unique. Rajamouli does all that with panache.
Set aside the notion that Eega is based on a ridiculous concept, it’s one hell of a ride which you shouldn’t miss. Two big thumbs up for Eega and the entire team behind the film. It’s one of the best Telugu films in recent times and it’s likely to remain so till Rajamouli makes his next film.
Movie : Eega | Cast : Sudeep, Nani, Samantha | Director : S S Rajamouli
Rating : 4/5
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