Okay. Here's a lowdown on what bus stops in the city are really like. They're filthy. They're dank. And they're full of tired-looking people going about their businesses like zombies. What they aren't is a "lover's adda", unless you're talking about a bunch of skanky Hyderbadi college boys who think whistling at girls and calling out lewd stuff is somehow cool and attractive, which, incidentally, this movie is
Two things before we commence with doing our jobs, i.e. picking apart the movie and telling you what the good, the bad, and the ugly is, which, in the case of this flick, is mostly the latter two.
1. This is to the girls - if you want to run away with a guy, the way to do it is not
by telling him to can an interview that'll set him up for life, and dropping out of college.
2. To dads who want to be "unconventional", saying I love you to the guy your daughter loves, instead of her, is weeeeeeird
Now for the movie. Bus Stop is the story, no, four and a half stories, of love vs parents - although why the two should be mutually exclusive is beyond us. So, you have Srinu (Prince) and Shailu (Sri Divya), who are in love but haven't spoken to each other in five years - something about a stolen hundred rupee note with Allu Arjun's autograph on it.
Then there's Kanna (Kanna) who'd sell his father's underwear if he could (the father said it, not us) to buy stuff for a girl he likes, but the girl Seema (played by Hasika) is busy turning a studious goody-two-shoes into bad boy extraordinaire while, ahem, milking Kanna for all he's worth.
Then there's the track of a phone slut who is the son of a tiffin-stall owner. When we say phone slut, we're talking about him sleeping around with as many girls as he has SIM cards, literally. And finally, we come to the tale of a daddy's girl whose daddy (Rao Ramesh) is crazy enough to do what we mentioned in point number two.
While all of these "crazy kids" are going about with their debauched businesses - i.e., sleeping around, lying to their parents, stealing from them, stalking their better halves in the name of love, etc. - their parents are plotting to make their lives hell for doing all of the above.
Now, the point of the movie is... well, we don't get it. There's something about how parents never win agains "love", and about parental
love. There's something how we live in depraved times. There's something about how women are basically shiny show-pieces who get passed about from father to boyfriend to husband. Then, there's something about "youth" (it's like they're almost talking about a separate species of human beings there) et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. But all of these mostly commendable objectives, sadly, get lost amongst the crude lines, the innuendo, the immature character development and their version of humour.
Their Version Of Humour = finding your dad in the towel that's wrapped around you while you're... (God! We can't even describe it, it was that
As far as the performances go, they were mostly average, except Rao Ramesh, who totally went Prakash Raj in his over-zealously "cool" parent mode. And then there's Hasika who totally rocks her character of a femme fatale with judgement issues and a good heart. The lead boys mostly look good, suck at acting, and almost get away with it.
The cinematography and the editing were sort of hammy, but a definite step up from the makers' previous venture Ee Rojullo
. The music was generic and unmemorable.
Bus Stop is like a messed-up house standing on a sound foundation. If only the makers had left out a bit of the stereotypes and the judgemental attitude, we'd have had a good movie.