Three Upendras and a monkey come together to make Tollywood's most offbeat movie
of the year, Hollywood - a Telugu movie made with Kannada actors and shot in Hollywood.
Seriously, to give the Devil and the monkey its due, Hollywood is indeed a daringly
'wonder'ful movie for several reasons. It casts Upendra in three roles including
an android robot; it pits a monkey against him; and it is a science fiction movie
without many special effects.
Shot entirely in Hollywood with a tiny star cast of five and based on the Frankenstein monster, the movie actually treads a new path. It is an experiment in filmmaking, both for its plot and the manner it is done in. Upendra, a big name in Kannada, is a maverick with movies like A, Raa and Stupid to his credit. Even though he leaves no stone unturned about being in every frame of the movie and in having no qualms about his looks, his bold attempt is definitely worth a look.
Upendra plays a lovelorn boy Surendra who can do anything to get Manisha (Felicity Mason) to love him. Desperate to impress her and unable to do so himself, he seeks the help of his maverick scientist professor (Anant Nag). The mad prof comes with a clone of Surendra who will do the bit of impressing Manisha, and once the task is accomplished, the real Surendra will take over.
However, things go berserk after the prof gives Surendra's clone - an android robot actually - the ability to think and act like humans. He bestows the clone named US 47 with human discretion and human emotion. Only, these emotions and thinking pattern can be reconfigured by reprogramming his brain.
The idea of the clone backfires when US 47 starts using his discretion and actually falls for Manisha. Using his android strength and human intelligence and of course help from a lab monkey, US 47 proves to be formidable enemy to the rest of the cast. Now the mad prof, Surendra, his twin brother Upendra and Manisha need to get together to solve the problem.
Getting a monkey to star against him is one wonder and getting a Hollywood dame to act has love interest is yet another achievement. But then he pulled it off, right? So two stars for Hollywood there.
Upendra looks no better from any of his previous movies. He sports the same unwashed hair and the same ridiculous clothes, and adds his own style, making him a deadly combination. The monkey too gets equal footage. However, the ape gets on to your nerves when it starts swearing and uses all the permutations and combinations of the Telugu equivalent of 'my son'. How it passed the censors is another coup Uppi pulls off.
The movie is essentially for three kinds of audiences: fans of Upendra, fans of
the monkey and fans of filmi experiments. Technically, it all boils down to the
same but you can watch Hollywood if you belong to any of these categories.