Just came from watching this movie. Mighty satisfied. A movie that is witty, funny and philosophical. All round supreme performances. Nani as usual just nailed his part. He is one of the finest actors we have got at the moment(sharvanand and srini avasarala are others that come to mind). May we get to see more from such talented actors. Malavika did not have much scope to perform but she was pretty good too (and beautiful). Vijay could become another fine actor if he chooses his roles well. Writing is spot on with some great moments. Second half had weak narration here and there but that can be forgiven in the larger scheme of things.
>>>> The songs play out in the background, but could have been avoided. >>>> My thoughts are quite the opposite from this view. I thought songs in second half elevated several scenes. Esp Idera song with its rousing tune over Himalayan backdrop gave me goose bumps!!! It's a pity Mohit Chauhan completely butchered the lyrics that had great philosophy. How I wished a telugu singer to have sung that song. However, the tune more than made up in lifting the spirit. Fabulous tune. Maestro's thendral vanthu rework as Challa Gaali was perfect for the situation. And Harini's sweet voice in O Kala was like dripping honey. Makes you feel really good.
Movies like these are a savior among the junk that gets dished out from TFI every month. It's like finding water in desert. Savor this.
Nani, in an interview, talks about how he grew up in Ameerpet and how becoming an actor/hero is a huge thing for him. Maybe it is his middle class roots, but Nani is so convincing when he plays a boy-next-door. When he attempts to fill in the shoes of an over-achiever who is flush with money and is in the process of buying a villa in an exclusive gated community, he isn't that convincing. When he wears business suits and goes about clinching business deals, he isn't convincing. The moment he realizes he isn't cut out for that world and reverts to being the boy-next-door, it is like he's a tran....