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Orange
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
8.0
5.0
8.0
8.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
If you look closely amidst the emotional chaos that is Orange, you'll find a coming of age of some of Tollywood's well-guarded beliefs. Somehow, it's refreshing to see the prejudice-shedding, stories that reflect a little room for change in thought, and much less self-righteousness than usual.

Bhaskar's latest film talks about what women call commitment-phobia and men call practicality. It has its problems - namely, that it is radiates cynicism and shows a lot of frivolity in telling the tale for the most part - but when it starts making sense, it does go somewhere.

Perhaps being set abroad and not in a place like Rayalaseema kind of frees up the plot of heavy accessories like traditional familial opposition. The story centres around Ram (Ram Charan Tej) and Janaki (Genelia), neither of whom agrees with the other on "how long" to "love".

It's unnerving for a while (a long while, actually) - Ram chases her around while blatantly telling her he's going to love her only for a brief period of time, while the girl is wary of being with a guy who she cannot have for keeps. Plus, having to watch Ram constantly "prove" how love never lasts forever, by showing dozens of examples of insecure couples around who seem so vulnerable to the taunts of a cynic, is not pleasant.

But then, what's interesting is the growing-up of the characters. For one, the heroine starts off being a silly teenager desperately in search of a boyfriend, to a more mature woman who starts realizing what she really wants. Matching her steps is the hero, who has his own personal journey of awakening and explanations for why he thinks the way he thinks.

It would have been nicer to see the emotional shifts happen much earlier in the story, or at least a more mature handling of the hang-ups of the characters. However, Bhaskar insists on draining to the last drop Genelia's capability to behave like an excited mouse in Disney Land, desperately needing a tranquilizer.

The woman shrieks and squeals and scowls and giggles insanely for the whole of the first half, until you're exhausted. This is "comedy", by the way; and if not helped along by Bramanandam it would have been tough to sit through. She ceases to ham in the second half, though, during which she has competition in the form of a pleasant Shahzan Padamsee.

Which brings us to one thing about Telugu cinema that refuses to change - that the leading man gets to be less ridiculous. Ram Charan Tej has a more saner presence than Genelia, devours his role, is good with the comedy, has improved as an actor, and is actually in control of the movie. He looks like a thorough professional now.

There are interesting but less-developed characters on the side all of whom are played pretty well - Prabhu, who plays Jaanu's father; Avarasarala Srinivas as her long-time admirer; Manjula, who plays Ram's sister; and Nagendra Babu, who plays a neighbor solely planted to demonstrate Ram's opinions on how love sucks. Vennela Kishore is given a measly set of comic lines, but this could be his biggest break so far.

And Harris Jayraj's tunes, a crisp set of visuals and uber-stylized characters are quite fun to be with.

On the whole, the film tends to look confused and shaky in its fundamentals, and Bhaskar could have chosen a more streamlined way of telling his story, but for what it's worth, Orange seems a decent step out of the clutter.
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  • Cast
    Ram Charan Tej, Genelia D’Souza, Shahzan Padamsee, Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Brahmanandam, Avasarala Srinivas, Vennela Kishore, Manjula, Nagendra Babu, Sanjay Swaroop
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    Harris Jayraj
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  • Director
    Bhaskar
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
chinna on 29th Nov 2010, 4:47pm | Permalink
Some ppl may not like this movie. Very fresh concept I Love it.
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6.8
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7.8
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Unsure
Wait to rent it - Unsure
pavan kumar.Thatikonda on 23rd Mar 2014, 1:12am | Permalink
the best movie in ram's carrier keep going ram u have proved what you r
Sreekiran on 10th Apr 2011, 10:56am | Permalink
orange has a tasty story to narrate. but the narration has been utterly rotten and makes this fruit a rotten one. all blame goes to bhaskar.

Pros: songs and ram charan
Cons: narration , lack of clarity with the script
RATING
5
yesvee on 7th Dec 2010, 10:36pm | Permalink
I liked the concept of the movie and Charan is really proving what he is capable of... keep going...
drsrinivaspulijal on 5th Dec 2010, 3:20pm | Permalink
Great Theme, great movie
Movie Lover on 3rd Dec 2010, 5:11pm | Permalink
Hmm... Nice concept.. but couldnot show it properly....

Pros: concept
Cons: lack of showing concept
RATING
7
shiva on 1st Dec 2010, 8:50pm | Permalink
romantic youth full love story
chinna on 29th Nov 2010, 4:47pm | Permalink
Some ppl may not like this movie. Very fresh concept I Love it.
raz on 29th Nov 2010, 4:37pm | Permalink
excellent subject... movie roxxxx
nachakototato on 29th Nov 2010, 11:41am | Permalink
Subject line of the movie is good, but directer couldn't handle it properly, there is no feel in the movie.
dreamboy123 on 28th Nov 2010, 10:19pm | Permalink
it makes you to think. good feel is there
dreamboy123 on 28th Nov 2010, 10:18pm | Permalink
this movie makes you people who cant understand this movie may not like this .this movie tells the truth and its really good subject
cinemaniac on 28th Nov 2010, 4:43pm | Permalink
cinema em anuknnado sariga teeyalekapoyadu,asalu feel ledhu cinemalo.

Pros: songs rct performance
Cons: confusing narration,utter worst climax
arja on 26th Nov 2010, 3:30pm | Permalink
cool movie to watch
puli on 26th Nov 2010, 2:53pm | Permalink
its wrost movie
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