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Eega Review

Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
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Oh, how much Eega speaks to the skeptics. A Telugu film with a freaking bug as its hero? With a Kannada actor, as the anti-hero, occupying as much screen-time as the fly? A Telugu film without a single star to speak of? A Telugu film which centres around a tragedy (anyone who's not living under a rock knows the hero dies, which is what the fly incarnation is all about)?

Fans (from what we gather, they pack as mean a punch as any other self-respecting fan club) of S S Rajamouli have something to gloat about now - Eega actually transcends most things that go against it, and much credit goes to the man at the helm.

Turning a filthy insect into a protagonist you laugh and cry with, Eega is a rollicking entertainer movie that also accomplishes something else - pushes the boundaries of the Telugu film industry's imagination. Which, as many will agree, is not a very big step, and ironically is.

And that is why Eega, should it succeed, is a mighty vindication of the triumph of the underdog. There cannot be a more powerful David vs Goliath story than Eega, the film. We're not referring to merely the story about a little bug getting the better of a mighty villain. As a product, the only gimmick the film resorts to it its concept, relying for its cast (except for Samantha and Nani) on faces that we've usually seen in the sidelines (except for Sudeep, who we Telugus only ever saw in a damp RGV squib 2 years ago).

We repeat - this is the kind of movie in which a Taagubothu Ramesh, who is around for barely a few minutes, gets the kind of hurrahs that are usually reserved for a Brahmanandam.

The fairy tale is pretty well-known by know. Nani (Nani), who is in love with Bindu (Samantha), was finished off by the villain Sudeep (Sudeep - in a superlatively awesome performance), who hankers after her as well. Sudeep is a billionaire-playboy (yes, almost Tony Stark, but without the suit of metal and the heart of gold) who now slowly attempts to ensnare the innocent Bindu. Only, there's a fly in his life, seeking revenge.

For the first quarter or so of the film, it's a sweet romance being set up, very Disney-like. There's a pretty girl being wooed by a goofy suitor, with a cackling evil prince looming in the background, and a goose-pimply music score lending body to the love story. It is a tale well-told, but it all only serves to make you restless for the real deal.

Which is worth the wait. When the fly breaks open into the world, the director has some fun, taking the bug through a park and into kids' games - with as much enthusiasm as a child reciting a poem she has just learnt.

He needn't have.

Because Eega's action sequences are sensational, in terms of their conceptualization. The animation is good, but it is merely a platform for the stunning vision behind them. Check out the scene in which a pair of dangerous-looking birds, while chasing Eega, fly through objects and get stuck in telephone cords, and you'll know what we're talking about. Also, the director generally uses his creative liberty pretty well, even fitting the bug with a helmet and getting it to work-out in its own gym.

Much effort has gone into defining the emotions of the characters, two-dimensional fairy-tale spinoffs as they are, and making them all someone you root for. So much so that the evil Sudeep is not at all sleazy, and is actually enjoyable to be around because his helplessness and vulnerability strike a chord.

Eega is not without its flaws. The pace slackens in the second half, and the bit with the tantrik was a little avoidable. Plus, the violence can get slightly graphic in one or two places - not a good sign for a movie that has potential with families). And yes, maybe you shouldn't compare the movie with standards and genres that are out of our context.

Nani is around only for about 20 minutes, but he makes an impact, creating immense recall value as he patiently courts Bindu. Meanwhile, Rajamouli has an incredible amount of fun with Sudeep, who is all over the frame. Sudeep's villain is a man frustrated and maddened by his everyday battles with the pinhead-sized household pest, and the actor portrays a range of emotions rarely seen before in our on-screen baddies. It's a role that we're used to seeing Prakash Raj in; and yet, watching a fresh face, who's also younger and great to look at, play it is a pleasure.

Samantha looks good and wears nice kurtis, but has a limited range of expressions to work with. She's pleasant, though.

The music is an asset to the movie as well. Nene Naaneene, of course, is a beautiful number, and Ga Ee Ga Ee comes in at the right time.

Overall, Eega is a charming movie that deserves a watch, both for its style and its substance. More important, of course, is how Rajamouli has changed the way we look at flies.
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  • Cast
    Nani, Samantha, Sudeep, Taagubothu Ramesh
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    M M Keeravani
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  • Director
    S S Rajamouli
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Shriya Saran on 16th Jul 2012, 11:30pm | Permalink
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
kekokeka on 27th Aug 2012, 10:05pm | Permalink
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vijayanandh@gmail.com on 14th Aug 2012, 3:31pm | Permalink
nuvvu movie june lo releae chesina next year JULY varaku aadutundi..

but take care rajmouli sir that bastards even kill you as they killed Sr.NTR and god YSR..

mama andhra lo manchiga unte chala tappu.
arun on 3rd Aug 2012, 12:48pm | Permalink
good movie..can watch it twicw
Saradhi on 25th Jul 2012, 4:44pm | Permalink
Super movie. Excellent thought and outstanding execution. Megafamily should shut down their mouths. Magadheera is hit because of Rajamouli's direction but not because of Charan.
nanban on 19th Jul 2012, 10:26am | Permalink
Movie of the year!! Hats off Rajamouli. I am your tamil fan
jackie chan on 17th Jul 2012, 2:50pm | Permalink
ilanti cinema malli raadu so please dont miss.graphics are keka.comedy is hilarious.confidence of eega is superb. action sequences are incredible. music is extraordinary eega dance is superb rajamouli direction is super,keka,awesome,amazing,wonderfull.
SANJAY on 16th Jul 2012, 11:26pm | Permalink
Worth Watch MOVIE - Makkhi Ke Bhaavnao Ko Samjho.... Yaar..... Credit Goes - RAJAMOULI (Good One - Ppl Sitting 2hrs not even moving Here & There)
Naughty Samantha on 16th Jul 2012, 11:36pm | Permalink
Shriya Saran on 16th Jul 2012, 11:30pm | Permalink
Sr on 14th Jul 2012, 11:44pm | Permalink
One movie of its kind, I don't think in the recent history we have such narration of a story.
We spend most of our time to carry our hero's (so called) on our shoulders for filthy reasons.
If you want good society we have to promote good things not people, of course not bad people.

This movie is definitely a good thing not just for Telugu, Tamil film industry but also skin show Bollywood as well to think back where we want to reach and how we want to make difference.
dcv on 14th Jul 2012, 4:55pm | Permalink
very good keka
Kranthi on 14th Jul 2012, 4:42pm | Permalink
Indian history The best graphics & technical movie. Very clean movie.
Dutta on 11th Jul 2012, 11:13pm | Permalink
One scene is enought to giuve it a 10...the one in which the wing cut fly goes inside a canon to save her...excellent..and also as mentioned in the above review.. the two birds chasing the fly and the telephone wire etc..excellent..a 1000 dances of these shorty and puffy people like naga chaitainya or J NTR or epilepsy shivers like shaking of pavan kalyan will not be equal to one dance of this eega...great story concept..a telugu movie watchable for an entire family..
ppraveenbabu on 10th Jul 2012, 12:11pm | Permalink
Movie is Ok, Iam rating 1 becoz you people rated it to high...
Sravan on 16th Jul 2012, 1:45pm | Permalink
Dont hav Common Sense
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sc13175 on 8th Jul 2012, 4:39am | Permalink
Awesome. SFX were so great that they never stand out. Wonderful screenplay. SSR sure know how to narrate a story and keep us glued. Thank god we still have directors thinking out of box than to churn the same old faction crap.
Srinivas on 7th Jul 2012, 7:51pm | Permalink
Nice Movie...
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