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Upperstall Review




Telugu, Action, Drama, 2010, Color

Cast And Crew

Ram (Ramcharan) falls in love with Janaki or Janu (Genelia D'Souza) in Australia, but believes the beautiful feeling is bound to get lost in the mundane life. His first love (with Shazahn Padamsee) makes him realise that in the attempt to keep one's loved ones happy, people resort to lies, dishonesty, fraud etc, thus defeating the values of love itself. So he keeps telling Janu that he loves her, but that he cannot promise for how long he will continue to do so. Janu is a girl who lives in her romantic dreams and is therefore confused about her feeling towards Ram and vice-versa. How Ram finally realises love is not like the battery power of a mobile phone and how Janu realises Ram loves her after all forms the rest of the story.

If Orange gets bad press, it is primarily because the crew has to bear the heavy burden of the past. While Ramcharan has to live up to Magadheera's magic, Genelia and director Bhaskar are under duress to spin the Bommarillu yarn again. Only, they all together snap away from their previous movies and chart a new course. Now, precisely that shifts from their baseline movie, could rankle the viewer. It's like expecting to eating desi aaloo samosa with Irani chai, but being served the uppercrust cheese and caviar. Not that cheese and caviar are bad, but it's just we are happier with what we are used to. So while you expect Bommarillu's Kudirite o Kappu Coffee, Veelaita Naalugu Matalu (A cup of coffee if you can and some small talk if you please) kind of zany dialogues, but you end up watching a 'lets thrash out love' kind of onscreen debate.

Orange is a clear attempt to do something different - giving love a new definition, trying to be very cool, very 'yo' and practical, but not really appealing to the majority. The movie starts off on an interesting note about how Ram is disillusioned by so-called 'true love' and decides it is futile to believe in the happily ever after concept. However, it goes downhill when he tries hard to keep bringing back the topic of love not lasting in every scene and nitpicking love concepts just to defend the premise of the movie. After a point, it appears like Ram is just trying to be a debater scoring a telling point in every dialogue. Towards the end, it is even more unclear whether or not love triumphs. The debate almost ends in a tie with an unclear climax.

That said, there are places where Bhaskar retains his directorial touches. The scenes where Ram explains his concept while playing a game with Janu or when he keeps giving instances from the life of an uncle in the neighbourhood are good. However, the sudden change of track in the last twenty minutes where Ram suddenly believes in everlasting love is not convincing at all.

Ramcharan looks fantastic, dances like a dream and glides on the screen like lightning. His histrionic skills are not put to as much test and therefore he is just natural and thankfully desists from 'acting'. The title song O range lo showcases his dancing skills and puts him safely on the commercial hero track. Genelia looks like a Barbie doll with dreams in her eyes, but sometimes her 'acting' reaches heights, especially when she shrieks in disbelief at Ram's thoughts on love. She should reserve such emotional excesses to only her real life when her movies bomb at the box-office. In any other instance or on screen, it is redundant. The comedy track by Brahmanandam and Avasarala Srinivas is okay. At least it is not vulgar or slapstick.

On the technical side, camerawork by the Rajashekar and Kiran duo manage to capture Australia's vast beaches and landscapes beautifully. Harris Jayaraj's music is breezy and foot-tapping with Ruba Ruba and O range being the pick of the lot.

Overall, Orange doesn't really get into the league or range of what viewers expect after Ramcharan's Magadheera or Bhaskar and Genelia's Bommarillu. Nevertheless, if you just want some armchair travel to Australia, a few good numbers and some pretty bods and faces, Orange should fit the bill.

Upperstall review by: manjukalanidhi

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