Passable Rom-Com For Festival
UA – Comedy/Romance
What Is the Film About?
Harsha (Akhil), an NRI, comes to Hyderabad to get married within twenty days. Many potential brides are set for his marriage, one among whom is Vibha (Pooja Hegde). She is rejected by the family, but Harsha falls for her bold and independent attitude. Later it is revealed that Vibha too is not interested in the wedding.
Why is Vibha opposed to marriage? The movie’s overall plot is how Harsha helps her overcome the inhibitions and convinces the family to marry her, overcoming a few unexpected hurdles in the process.
Akhil picks a role that suits him again (after Mr Majnu), which works well for him. It takes to get used to his new look initially, but as the narrative progresses, Akhil gets better.
Most of the first half is about comedy, and Akhil is alright. The real deal is set in the second half of the movie, where is scope for romance and drama. Akhil shows improvement in those departments compared to his previous outings. And as mentioned at the start playing his age gives an additional identifiable advantage.
Bommarillu Bhaskar directs Most Eligible Bachelor. It is his first movie in Telugu after 2013, which is a long gap. The director returns with a subject, dealing with emotions, that is his strong pursuit.
Most Eligible Bachelor is about marriage, and it gives a new generation definition of it by the end. It all starts on a predictable and familiar note, though.
An NRI bridegroom coming to Hyderabad to find a potential wife is all too familiar. We have, in fact, seen something exactly similar in one of the small movies that came out earlier in the year. What sets apart Most Eligible Bachelor is the writing.
The fun part, which constitutes a chunk of the first half, works. It is not a six all the time, but the narrative keeps chugging along with singles, two’s and occasional boundaries. In short, something is happening all the time, and nothing gets into the boring zone.
The breezy popcorn fun helps one forget the predictable and wafer-thin storyline. It also helps take away the mind from the weak conflict. The interval is nice, and it sets things perfectly for the second half.
It is in the second half that all the problems come to the fore. They happen thick and fast within the first half an hour itself. The business dealing sequences are silly, to say the least. There is some comedy, but it runs dry soon. The subsequent engagement comes across very forced narratively to get to a point.
Once again, Harsha returns to India, and a ticking clock is set to get things done in time. It is here that the movie’s weakest block is placed. It is plain flat, and the idea doesn’t entirely work. However, the revelations related to Vibha’s character are well done. It does make one think if her character is just a modern female version of the similar male personas we have seen previously.
Just when it looks like Most Eligible Bachelor is derailed and there might be no coming back, things are back on track. The pre-climax and climax are neatly handled. The writing stands out, and we get a glimpse of why Bommarillu Bhaskar scored such massive success at the start of his career. The movie ends on a positive note after a well-argued and presented take on marriage.
Overall, Most Eligible Bachelor is a lighter vein popcorn fun stuff at the cinemas. It offers entertainment and message in a packed manner with good production values, visuals and casting. It is a decent one-time watch for the festive occasion if the expectations are under check.
Pooja Hegde and Others?
Pooja Hegde gets a meaty role when seen within her filmography. Vibha is a character who has a voice and is instrumental in taking the narrative forward. It is not a part merely for the glamour sake. Pooja Hegde does well, but, and as usual, the glamour dominates. The sparkling screen presence and charm is a great asset to the movie.
Murali Sharma is wasted in the routine role of the father. The weak conflict doesn’t let his character or the acting shine. Pragati, playing his wife, gets a part that registers and stands out among the crowd. There are many known faces like Sudigali Sudheer, Vennela Kishore, Jayaprakash, Posani Krishna Murali and so on, including cameos of Rahul Ravindran and Chinmayi. They are okay in a scene or two that they get.
Music and Other Departments?
Gopi Sundar’s music is an asset to the movie. It adds to the urban feel and goes well with the overall visuals. The background score is also effective mostly. The cinematography is another significant highlight. The visuals are lovely and give a colourful vibe to the screen. The editing could have been better, especially in the second half. The writing is decent throughout, with the ending being the best part.
Akhil – Pooja Hegde
Fun In First Half
Writing Towards The End
Portions Of The Second Half
As mentioned previously, Most Eligible Bachelor itself comes across an alternative take on a small film that came out earlier. Leaving that aside, a better track at the beginning of the second half would have further positively impacted the overall narrative of Most Eligible Bachelor.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, For The Most Part
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, With Slight Reservation
Most Eligible Bachelor Review by Siddartha Toleti