What Is the Film About?
Krishna And His Leela, has a simple and straightforward story. Krishna (Siddhu) falls in love with two girls, Satya and Radha at the same time. They happen individually at different points, initially, but converge after some drama takes place. What decision Krishna, makes, in the end, is what the movie is all about?
How Is Siddhu’s Performance?
Siddhu is apt in the role of Krishna. There are three shades in it, and he pulls them off with ease. The immature younger version follows by the mature adult, and then the confused guy towards the end are the there differences that need to be put forward. Siddhu gets them across without breaking a sweat.
However, it isn’t that difficult of a part performance-wise. The difficulty here is making it look effortless. That’s where Siddhu succeeds.
Direction by Ravikanth Perepu?Krishna And His Leela is the second outing of director Ravikanth Perepu. His debut was the much loved Kshanam. As one can observe, there is a massive shift in the genre here. It works to his advantage in a way as the expectations are not set.
Coming to Krishna And His Leela, it has a very simple story. A right casting is in place. For it to succeed a lot, therefore, depends on the screenplay and the writing. The movie scores in these departments, mostly.
The opening break-up scene itself sets the right tempo and mood for the film. We know the content, but the director manages to engage and hold the attention. The acting by both the leads is good, and the writing comes with a lot of simplicity and clarity. It is directly to the point without any circular arguments.
Ravikanth takes the narrative forward with similar confidence and ‘conversations’. There are a few more examples of the same trough out. The writing is the key here with very urban and contemporary lingo usage. Additionally, some small twists are placed to keep things brisk.
Another factor that works for the movie is the smooth progress of the story, even if it is in parts. It draws the audience in despite one knowing the final outcome.
The most significant problem with Krishna And His Leela occur in the form of the inconsistency in the narrative. As mentioned previously, the opening block is excellent. But such level of gripping storytelling isn’t felt all the way. There are many scenes in between that look like a short film. The quality and the making, bring down the impact.
Also, there is a feeling of repetitiveness in the proceedings and the writing, as well. The female leads seem to be given decent parts initially, but they move in the clichéd direction as the story progresses in the second half. The drama and romance get weaker, and routineness takes over.
The final half an hour turns into the very routine triangle love story. The father episode feels like an afterthought here instead of organically developed. It still has a couple of engaging blocks (via the entertainment -the ‘Pulihora’ track). It is the same case with the climax, as well. It seems like a dead-end, with no clarity, and all of a sudden, it cuts to an escape route.
Overall, Krishna And His Leela despite all its issues come across as a movie made for a digital medium. The conversations and the casting make it tick. Give it a try if you are in a mood to watch a rom-com with an urban twist.
Shraddha Srinath and Others?
There are three heroines in the movie, Shraddha Srinath, Shalini Vadnikatti, and Seerat Kapoor. Each comes with distinct characterization and looks apt for the part. Not only the looks, but they have also been given substantial roles, as well, which makes them shine.
Apart from the female leads, there are Jhansi and Sampath. They are alright in their small roles with the latter having an even smaller one. Comedian Harsha plays his part with the usual flavour.
Music and Other Departments?
The music and background score (whenever used) is a major asset for the movie. The ‘Pulihora’ song is hilarious and saves the proceedings from tiredness. The cinematography is inconsistent. The duo of Shaneil Deo and Sai Prakas U could have done a lot better. The editing is okay.
Drags In Parts
The father and mother track could have been better integrated into the narrative. The second half especially needed more meat and it could have helped.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Krishna And His Leela Review by Siddartha Toleti
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