A film with a bunch of fun concepts but stumbles on its own feet every time it tries to gather some pace.
OVERALL SCORE – 2.5/5
Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada is a 2016 horror-comedy-romance written and directed by Vi Anand. It stars Nikhil Siddharth, Hebah Patel, Nandita Swetha, Venella Kishore, Avika Gor and a host of recognizable character actors. The film makes an attempt to explore a fairly tried and tested idea of a person being in love beyond the grave.
First things first, the film has some very clever ideas and ,say it with caution, a few fun twists. The performances are actual emotional payoffs are half-baked at best but the film does chug along at a decent pace and tries hard to keep the audience’s attention.
The film’s low points however, are very hard to ignore. The film has plot holes and cheap moments of emotions galore. It also has some very poor acting and make up work at a few instances. Nikhil Siddharth’s likability, Vennela Kishore’s comic chops and my personal crush on Hebah Patel can only amount to so much.
It is very clear that the writer/director of this film had an idea in mind. The amount of work put into coming up with the idea when compared to fleshing it out seem very disproportionate. The film-making on display just passable. It has all the hallmarks of a formulaic horror film. The extreme close-ups, the loud noises, the most ridiculous motivations for the ghost, all that and so much more. The film is pretty much giving out, proverbial, wings.
Nandita Swetha, Avika Gor and HebahPatel have very one note characters. A few references to Vijaywada’s history is not enough to add character to the female leads of the film. One must understand that their whole viewing audience is not a Vijaywada native. When the supposed best part of your female leads are references to a city and big eyes shot on a wide lens, the audience at large has nearly nothing to relate to.
The film also suffers from the Spiderman 3 problem. When 3 female leads are present on-screen, the 2 hour and 15 minute run-time has to be divided among them. This adds to 3 poorly conceived characters and poorly conceived romances. The score, the humor, the camerawork, the CGI are all just okay.
The film screams of missed opportunity. It is a clinic on how to bottle ideas or on how to write a film for specific scenes instead of a fully flowing narrative. A tip of the hat to everyone involved for trying to something different and here’s hoping their next venture has more cohesion, better characters while retaining their urge to break the norm.
OVERALL SCORE – 2.5/5