24 Apr 2014

Bommarillu (2006)

It is almost an exaggerated film story, but for the incidental humour. Aravind, a wealthy father (Prakash Raj, makes most of rare casting choice) heaps love, money, luxuries and unwittingly interferes in the lives of his children. While his daughters, elder son and wife don't mind, the just out of college son Siddharth aka Siddhu (Siddharth Narayan, damn right expressions) bottles up his resentment and vents out his frustration in occasional evening alcohol binges with friends, only to return home subdued with a mix of fear and respect. 

Things go awry when Siddu is engaged without his consent to a father-obeying girl of another wealthy family. He is also asked by his father to assist in his real estate business, against his own independent ambition. Into this turmoil, like a fresh flower, lands Hasini (Genelia D'Souza's role of a lifetime), a happy go lucky girl studying at Siddhu's former college.

Hasini is no typical, ornamental, navel baring, booty shaking, cleavage parting Telugu heroine. She has sheer innocence, childlike unawareness, a bumbling spirit and enjoys the little pleasures of life. Hasini is everything that Siddhu isn't and soon the duo are one tribe, enjoying, arguing out of concern for each other and inevitably falling in love. Then Siddhu's father spots the couple and at the end of a heated discussion, an arrangement is made...

Dollops of clean, genuine humour 
Bommarillu has the trappings of a Telugu commercial entertainer with glitzy lighting, spot clean clothes, lip-synced out of the blue songs, fluffy love story tag, and a family audience pleasing finale. Yet in mood and manner it is still a film with crackling, funny to very funny one-liners and genuine live moments in the Siddhu-Hasini track. The overtly sentimental culmination doesn't kill it, there are enough zingy humorous moments that keep this one alive till the end. 

Perky despite formula  
I got to this one it via subtitles and it is worth a repeat watch for what Hasini's character exudes, and how Siddhu's double life at home/outdoors is (if only a minor accidental study) reflective of the modern urban youth. The father's dilemma of loving or keeping the child on leash doesn't get enough insight, though its good interplay while it lasts. 

Yet, yet, yet there is enough here, despite the formula, to lighten up and enjoy. A nice, breezy watch.  

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