Siddharth excels in expressions and played perfect emotions
Siddharth, who played hero in films like ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Bommarillu and Koncham Ishtam Koncham Kashtam’. Almost all the movies are family-oriented subjects. But ‘Oy’ is different from such love stories with a pure classic love story. Sidharth, so far had a lover boy image with all youthful films to his credit. For the first time, he played a serious lover with lots of attachment towards the heroine. With the film coming from a big banner like Universal Media, which had brought out a blockbuster like ‘Desamuduru’ there were lots of expectations. Let us see how far it reached the expectations of the audiences. Once again, Siddharth played hero with another debutant director called Anand Ranga.
Uday (Siddharth) belongs to a rich family and his lifestyle is perfect to the core like any other boy from a millionaire’s family. He accidentally meets Sandhya (Shamili), in a pub and gets surprised to watch her there in a true traditional attire with chudidar there. Uday, who dated with many girls, for the first time falls in love with Sandhya at first sight. He manages to be a paying guest in her house and tries to impress her in many ways but fails most of the time. However, Uday was able to impress her for a couple of times. On the suggestion from some children, daughters of Sandhya’s best friend (Surekhavani), Uday decides to propose her straightaway. He expresses his wish and proposes himself as the 12th gift to her on Sandhya’s birthday by presenting 11 gifts to her representing one month each earlier. However, Sandhya did not turn up to reciprocate his love. The depressed Uday decides to vacate Sandhya’s house, but learns from a LIC agent that Sandhya named him as her nominee and it surprises him. Soon he comes to know that Sandhya was suffering from cancer. However, this information did not reach Sandhya. Following an advice from his uncle (Napoleon), who was also a doctor, Uday decides to keep Sandhya smiling till she breaths her last. Uday notes down all her unfulfilled wishes and gets all of them realised in a week’s time. Did Uday was able to impress Sandhya with his acts? What are the feelings of Sandhya after getting all her desires fulfilled? Did Sandhya realise what she missed by remaining moody and make living with perfect planning and with budget allocations? What happened to the love between Uday and Sandhya? Did they marry? Did Sandhya survive or dead? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
When it comes to artistes, Siddharth really did a marvellous job in the film. He took the entire responsibility to run the film on his shoulders. He appears in each and every frame of the film and appears all through the film with different emotions. He gave superb facial expressions and his body language is perfect all through the film. Especially emoting the sentiment scenes and serious scenes make the people realise that Siddharth really did a great job. Heroine Shamili is a minus in the film. Though the character itself was etched like that, she appeared very traditionally and failed to show any glamour all through the film. She, however, gave the feeling that she would be best bet for sister’s roles and not heroine roles, with no exposure of glamour and the director chose not to give modern costumes to her as her role demanded to be a very traditional and orthodox girl. The performance of Ali, Master Bharat, Sunil, Tanikella Bharani in comedy tracks was hilarious and the director chose to pen situational comedy and after a long time, a Telugu film found comedy sans vulgarity. Though appeared for only one scene, Ravi Kondala Rao and Radhakumari gave a brilliant performance. Surekhavani once again appeared in a nice role and did a neat job. Krishnudu of ‘Vinayakudu’-fame had a lengthy role as hero’s side kick and made his presence felt in the movie.
As far as technical aspects, Yuvan Shankar Raja should be complimented for giving a nice music for the film. Not only the tunes which are rocking, the re-recording is also done precisely and had a perfect music all through the film. However, in a couple of songs, there was a mismatch of the lyric and the music as both of them failed to sync properly. Camera work is another asset for the film. The cinematographer was able to capture the beauty of the rural and urban locales perfectly on the screen. Especially, most of the scenes were shot in never before locales. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is okay and some scenes which escaped his scissors kept the film boring for a few minutes. Debutant director Anand Ranga did a nice job all through the film. He ran the story with a gripping screenplay. Despite a tragedy, the director was able make the audiences sit tight to their seats till the end of the film with a nice screenplay. The production values of Universal Media are of high quality. Especially the scenes on the ship and at Body Gaya are worth watching.
No matter, how gripping the screenplay and how efficiently the director kept the movement of the film in perfect and smooth manner, how great performance the hero gave and how best the music is, the Telugu audiences are not interested to watch films with a tragic end. They always prefer to watch youthful films and cheerful movies. The first half of the film is very interesting and with a perfect pace to suit the present generation youth, the second half of the film was very tedious and would only suit the taste of family audiences. But for the climax, which has a tragic end, the movement of the entire film is good and the commercial success of the film depends on how the family audience receive it. The non-presence of mass masala elements may prove another drawback for the film. The film evoked mixed reaction from the audiences.
Cast: Siddhartha, Shamili, Napoleon, Sunil, Ali, Pradeep Rawat, MS Narayana, Tanikella Bharani, Krishnudu, Surekhavani, Master Bharat and others are in the cast.
Dialogues – T Rajasimha, Editing – Marthand K Venkatesh, Art – Rajeevan, Action – Ram-Laxman, Music – Yuvan Shankar Raja, Producer – DVV Danaiah, Story, screenplay and direction – Anand Ranga.
Banner: Universal Media
Released on: July 3, 2009
2.75 out of 5