By now we all know that the original has attained cult status in Kerala. Then, with the grand success of the film, came in a huge nuisance for the high schools and colleges in the state. Crazy students were bunking their classes to watch the film which resulted in severe delays in the academic schedule. To control this menace, the Kerala government quickly implemented “Operation Gurukulam” to catch the students at the cinema halls and send them back to schools and colleges.
So going into this one I had to keep telling myself to shut the original (which I’ve watched 10+ times!) out of my system. And I came out being thoroughly satisfied with a smile on my face. Good job done by the Telugu Premam team. They’ve managed to deliver slightly different textures and flavours in this hearty meal which really worked for me. Chaitanya has really grown as an actor. Aparna was looking more beautiful than the Mal version and Madonna too was more stylish. Both girls knew what they were doing and played their parts well. The social media backlash over Shruti’s selection for Pallavi’s role notwithstanding, I think the former held her own and put up a good show. The comedy dept did a splendid job too. All of them. Few negatives for me were none of the actors could pull off teenage mannerisms convincingly. The expressions and even the comedy bits in the 1st story look forced. Nivin (in the original) totally rocked this. He reduced 6 kgs to get the look and body language of a teenager perfectly. All-in-all a good light-hearted romcom worth watching.
This writer was reminded of Ranbir Kapoor innumerable times while watching Premam today. The particular visual that played out was that of Ranbir lip-syncing lustily to Sadda Haq or Nadaan Parindey or even the latest rage Bulleya. The veins in Ranbir's neck stick out as he feigns belting, and even though we know that the voice belongs to someone else, we are more than inclined to believe that he's the one singing.
Naga Chaitanya, on the other hand, does not open his mouth more than a smidgen. The line in the song could be a softly murmured one or a high-pitched one - his mouth w....