Messy And Impossible To Sit Through
‘A’ Certified, 2 hrs 23 mins
What Is the Film About?
Hippi aka Devadas Nadimpally (Karthikeya) falls in love with Amukta Malyada (Digangana Suryavanshi) at first sight. How his life turns upside down when he proposes to her and she agrees is what the movie is all about?
How Is Karthikeya’s Performance?
Karthikeya in his second attempt has picked a different character from his debut. It is a city-centric part and the actor shows the variation in looks and body language, sporadically. But, in general, it is filled with overaction that irritates. In fact, it would be mild to say that given his antics in the film. Playing a hyperactive character is not as easy as it might seem because a small slip will be a free fall of a sort. There are visible energy and presence in action which the actor should explore further in his upcoming movies.
Direction by TN Krishna?
TN Krishna returns to direction after a considerable gap. It is his third attempt after making debut with Suriya starrer Nuvvu Nenu Prema in 2006. However, it doesn’t look like the long gap has done any good regarding the story skills. Because in Hippi it is almost non-existent.
The entire movie rests on a flimsy line and goes about its way based on over the top funny moments involving the lead pair. They fight and fight and fight and that is what the movie contains.
Initially, it looks like because there is an energy and the language and setting is very urban. It gives the narrative a different feel even though there is no progress in the story. However, the back and forth style adopted in between and the overacting involved in general get too much to handle.
The characters themselves say the same thing over and over again, are confused and move in circles. There is a meta-level sign of progress here, intentional or not, the irritation they feel is conveyed indirectly to the audience as well.
The first half is below par, with no remotely interesting happening except a couple of funny moments. The second half instead of improving takes over from the first half and introduces all the various concepts involving a loving pair in its narrative. First, they try to break up, at the dispense of Sampoornesh Babu, then they try to get close by living in and it is followed by fight etc. So, many issues are packed with no concrete meaning to add.
The pre-climax takes a bizarre turn involving the employee, his lover and the boss. The subsequent sequences are terrible with a mini-big boss like set up thrown in, in the climax. It is like the director is throwing all his observations involving lovers on to the wall to see what sticks. Eventually, they stick and the movie gets over.
Hippi, is a wannabe yuppie film that contains very less passionate romance and over-action galore. It doesn’t work despite a few hummable songs. In the end, it doesn’t warrant a visit to the cinemas, for sure. Maybe on the digital platform, one could give it a try.
Digangana Suryavanshi, Jazba Singh and Others?
Digangana Suryavanshi gives competition to the lead actor concerning the overacting. They really seem to be made for each other in that department. As far as real emotions are concerned, she misses them. JD Chakravarthy is a welcome presence whenever given a solid role. Here he has a decent part if we look at the length, but it is highly repetitive and gets boring after a point. Brahmaji is wasted. Vennela Kishore is alright as HD. There is nothing fresh to do, but he makes it work a little. Sudarshan and other comedians are cut short with very little given to do to them.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by Nivas K Prasanna is pleasant and easy on ears. The background score by him and Karthik Raja is decent with few really genuine sparkling bits. The cinematography by RD Rajasekhar doesn’t feel up to his standards. The editing is alright, though at times it feels too flashy than required. The writing is all fluff with no depth.
Few Funny Moments
Parts of Second Half
No Emotional Connect
A much simpler narrative would be sufficed involving the lead pair. And by sticking to a limited issue and exploring them in detail.
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Hippi Review by Siddartha Toleti