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Thirteen years after making Anand, filmmaker Sekhar Kammula returns to familiar ground with Fidaa. The film is packed with relatable characters, a lead pair whose sparkling chemistry is bound to put a smile on your face, and a landscape which takes your breath away just by its sheer beauty and simplicity. In fact, Sekhar Kammula stages all this stuff so well in first half of Fidaa that it makes you wonder where this filmmaker had been hiding all these years.
The story ‘Fido’ revolves around a family without parents, comprising of 3 brothers. 2nd one among 3 brothers Varuntej wants to perform marriage of his elder brother. Hence he starts searching matrimonial. He likes a girl hailing from Telangana. So, Varuntej sends his elder brother to ‘Banswada’
Varun (Varuntej) is a medical practitioner. He lives in US along with his brother (Raja). He comes to India to arrange his elder brother’s marriage. Where he meets sister of the bride Bhanumathi (played by Sai Pallavi). He falls in love with her. Varun gets impressed by Bhanumathi. However he has dreams of making it big in USA. Bhanumathi always loves to stay in the village along with her father (Sai Chand). The cute love-hate-love story of a US based guy and a village girl, who fall in love by chance and then get separated. The story is as to how the pair takes their relationship to the next level!
Fidaa is dubbed as a love-hate-love story, which basically gives away the premise of the film; however, it leaves you with a strong aftertaste that perhaps Sekhar Kammula too might have had a love-hate-love relationship with what he had created. Obviously, he’s in love with the characters of Bhanumati, Renuka and Varun, and so, he invests plenty of time and energy in giving them well-defined personalities. Bhanumati is a firebrand and also a dreamer at heart, even though she might not acknowledge it; her elder sister Renuka is the voice-of-reason in the plot; and, Varun is the boy-next-door who is struggling to make sense of Bhanumati. This stark contrast in the personalities of these three characters shapes the film, while the rest of the characters walk in and out of their lives without distorting the dynamics of their relationship.
Varun Tej as Varun has evolved significantly as an actor. He is good at heart and is the polar opposite of Bhanumati’s personality. Their symbiosis is like that of the Earth and rain. Both of them need each other to find true love and the long spells of silence between them disturbs their equation. Varun Tej is quite sincere in his role as a guy who just wants to talk the girl he has fallen in love with, even though she rejects him. And he strikes a great equation with Sai Pallavi which makes for an interesting watch
Sekhar Kammula fell in love with the character of Bhanumati and full credit to Sai Pallavi who strikes like a bolt of lightening with her screen presence. It’s not just the Telangana slang or the way she emotes throughout the film... What really makes Sai Pallavi the anchor of the story is how she captivates our attention by embodying the fears of a young girl who has to face the prospect of leaving her family, but at the same time, her strong-and-opinionated personality shrouds her fears. Bhanumati is the daughter of the soil, rooted in the local and evidently, Sekhar Kammula has nudged Sai Pallavi to become part of the environment itself. As a result, we get images of Bhanumati ploughing the field on a tractor, dancing in the rain to signify her celebrating the onset of monsoon, which also stands as a metaphor to her welcoming the onset of love into her life. And when she smiles, or even when she nods her head, you understand that Sekhar Kammula couldn’t have chosen a better actress than Sai Pallavi to play this role.
Raja Chembolu who is Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry’s son, played nicely as Varun’s brother. Sharanya Pradeep as Sai Pallavi’s sister did well and is a good choice for the role. Sai Chand as the father of the girls is a perfect fit.
PERFORMANCE OF TECHNICIANS:
‘Fidaa’ has a thin storyline. ‘Fidaa’ movie is a feel good entertainer. Screenplay and direction of Shekhar Kammula is great. Cinematography is superb. However, the story could have been penned better. Finally. it’s Shekar Kammula’s mark movie which many fans are eagerly waiting for!
The emotions involved in this love story are aptly established. The film’s theatrical trailer was launched recently which has captivated many instantly. This movie has garnered a good buzz. The film unit is very much happy with the way the things are progressing at the box office regarding the film. Most of the shooting of the film has taken place in the US. Remaining scenes have been shot in Telangana.
The story of the film is simple & interesting. The first half of Fidaa movie extremely impressive right from the beginning of the film. It is loaded with fresh & loads of entertainment. The film has been shot across beautiful locales in Telangana. The second half of the film fails to reach the expectations of the audience.
Overall, Fidaa is feel good entertainer with a refreshing Love Story. Director Sekhar Kammula is back with the Good screenplay and awesome dialogues. Sai Pallavi & Mega Hero Varun Tej are impressive with their performance.
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