Oke Oka Jeevitham Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE
Unique & Emotional

OUR RATING
3/5

CENSOR
‘U’


What Is the Film About?

Aadi (Sharwanand), Chaitu (Priyadarshi), and Srinu (Vennela Kishore) have their own problems. They get a second chance at life when Scientist Paul (Nasser) sends them twenty years back using his Time Machine. The rest of the story is all about if they can change destiny fully knowing what is going to happen.

Performances

Oke Oka Jeevitham is Sharwanands thirtieth film. Sharwanand gets to play the role of a social life-fearing person who misses the biggest life support, his mother. The character requires him to play a character who constantly feels the pain inside. Sharwa is known to play such characters easily. He pulled it off this time as well. The track in which he is seen controlling tears when Amala speaks about him in the missing episode is exemplary.

Amala Akkineni plays the hero’s mother and the most important character in the story. She is an excellent choice because she adds to the freshness to the story and brings the sensitivity to the entire emotional track in the movie. This will be a feather in her cap.

Vennela Kishore has got a good role after a long time. He brings much-needed relief to many places. Some good writing has also helped. Priyadarshi is okay but one will definitely feel he is under-utilized.

Nasser is a good fit as a scientist. Ritu Varma gets a small role and she is fine in it. It’s good that the director did not attempt to use her more which would have diluted the actual task at hand. The kids who played the roles of the three friends are good. Especially, the boy who played Vennela Kishore’s character.


Analysis

A newcomer Shree Karthick has directed Oke Oka Jeevitham. It is a blend of Sci-Fi and Mother sentiment. But then, the movie is predominantly a mother sentiment film but the sci-fi element is used as a base to make it happen. It is a smart and appreciable move to keep the VFX limited.

The storyline is very simple but unique. It has a strong emotion and at the same time, a novel tinge with the Time Machine.

He is right away into the business by going into the story very quickly. We get to see the Time Machine and immediately all three important characters are introduced and established. Vennela Kishore’s Comedy as a Real-estate broker works.

The story gets engaging when Nasser enters. The first half of the film is a decent watch. There are no fireworks and at the same time, we do not have many complaints. The twist that comes at the interval is interesting and keeps the audience engaged. The way how he smartly threw the Interval bang without spoon-feeding.

The second half starts on a slow note. With the interval twist, we expect some nostalgic moments happening with the Time Machine but the director did not give them much importance. The proceedings become slow. Especially, the portions involving the kids will bore and the movie moves to the Pre-climax in a rush. But even here, we get occasional relief with comedy. After that period, the graph gets higher. The director was able to stir some heart-warming emotions towards the end. The audience is also treated with a fine message without actually getting preachy. The success of the director is the way how even an anti-climax is neatly conveyed.

That’s a pretty decent attempt for a first-timer. Also, he deserves appreciation for not deviating from the story with commercial elements like songs and love track. Oke Oka Jeevitham feels like a satisfactory watch despite having its share of issues here and there. A little more depth would have made a much better product but still, the team deserves a pat on the back.

Overall, Oke Okka Jeevitham is a sci-fi drama that pulls off its premise emotionally without depending on graphics and avoiding complexity. If you want to watch something unique and different from routine, it a worth a try, for sure this weekend.


Music and Other Departments?

As said earlier, Director Shree Karthick came up with good work for a newcomer. He has his share of issues here and there but it is a largely satisfactory debut. The best part of Oke Oka Jeevitham is its good technical departments. Sujith Sarang has come up with good visuals. The way how a different color tones are used for different time zones is nice.

The production design is good. Some may have expected something more buildup for a time machine. The VFX is good for the scale of this film. Jakes Bejoy came up with an excellent sound design. Songs are passable and blend with the proceedings but the film lacks a kickass chartbuster. Particularly, a better Amma song would have done wonders. Editing could have been better here and there, especially in the initial portions of the second half.


Highlights?

Fresh plot
Sharwanand’s Performance
Vennela Kishore’s Comedy
Sound Design & Visual Quality
Emotions

Drawbacks?

Pace issues
Initial Portions of the second half
Lack of Chartbuster songs


Did I Enjoy It?

Yes

Will You Recommend It?

Yes