Formulaic Drama Kills Silly OTT Fun
‘U/A’ Certified, 2h 23m
What Is the Film About?
Arjun (Pradeep) and Akshaya (Amritha) were reincarnations of a pair’s unfulfilled love many decades ago. But, in the present, they hate each other to the core. How do they fall in love? What is ‘true love’ is the story of 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela?
How Is Pradeep’s Performance?
Pradeep Machiraju, a famous anchor, makes his debut as a solo hero with 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela. What works for him as an ‘anchor’ is also the assets for him, as an actor. The voice, dialogue modulation and confidence in body language are acceptable.
However, when it comes to drama, Pradeep fails to create a similar impact. Also, there is awkwardness at many times along with a camera consciousness. It is as if he knows he is acting in front of the camera rather than being in character and be entirely unaware of it. Overall, it is a decent effort because most of the ‘act’ relies on his strengths.
Direction by Munna ?
Phani Pradeep aka Munna writes and directs 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela. It is a simple plot which talks about true love and its definition. However, the director garnishes it with a lot of entertainment. The question is, does it work?
The opening segment of 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela is a must-watch if one intends to watch the movie. It presents the core conflict and features the period portion and even the song on which the entire film rests. If you are a late goer to cinemas chances are high that you could miss the very reason you went to the movie in the first place.
Post the opening; the story moves to a present setup. What happens here are the predictable and usual stuff relying on the tried and tested ‘Boys vs Girls’ entertainment.
Despite the utter predictability and over the top nature of entertainment, it works. The comedy is aimed at a particular segment (youth), and it clicks with them. It is not for everyone, though. There is energy in the proceedings even though nothing much happens story-wise.
The twist in the tale occurs during the intermission, and it definitely takes one by surprise. Now, whether it is a positive one or negative is a different matter altogether.
The second half starts with the same fun as first, but it doesn’t have the same zing. The narrative slowly paves the way to drama, and that’s where the real trouble starts.
All the dramatic moments in 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela have roots in the first half. It is another example to highlight the first half. However, the payoffs in the second half are done in an overly formulaic way possible.
The fun is killed as it is, but the core drama is diluted due to the over the top clichéd drama coming back to back. The father track of the respective leads, the sister sentiment, the mother sentiment and the attempt to create romance in between and trying to infuse entertainment wherever possible make the proceedings chaotic. There is no more fun.
The core conflict involving ‘true love’ is dealt with a single stroke literally, in the climax. The emotional connect and drama related to it, which is highly necessary to make the whole thing work, falls flat.
Overall, 30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela has over the top entertainment that works in parts. But the central drama related to the core plot disappoints big time. The emotions, in general, are also cringy. Watch it if you don’t mind only one half of the movie. You could walkway anytime during the last hour, and you won’t miss anything.
Amritha Iyer and Others?
Amritha Aiyer gets a decent role in the movie. She is as vital to the narrative as the hero. Amritha has done a decent job, especially in the second half and a couple of emotional scenes.
Posani Krishna Murali is his usual self. He adds weight to the proceedings with his unique presence. Hema looks fragile, and it works for the character she portrays. Sivannarayana is alright. Harsha and Bhadram handle the comedy department. They are okay. Mahesh as the confused soul seeking an answer and veteran Subhalekha Sudhakar as his Guru are adequate.
Music and Other Departments?
Anup Rubens provides the music. And as we all know, one of the songs of the album ‘Neeli Neeli Aakasam’ is a sensational chartbuster. It is the reason for the interest in the movie and if people decide to give it a theatrical visit. The song comes at the very start and is shot decently. The rest of the songs are below par and lack a similar impact. The background score is noisy.
The cinematography by Shivendra Dasarathi is decent, considering the scope it had. The editing by Karthik Srinivas is alright. The writing should have been better but is passable considering the attempt.
Entertainment In First Half
No Emotional Connect
Drama In Second Half
Last Half An Hour
A less formulaic approach with some time devoted to the core conflict involving ‘love and lust’ would have made the movie better.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, But Very Few Parts
Will You Recommend It?
30 Rojullo Preminchadam Ela Movie Review by Siddartha Toleti